Searching for the best Mercedes gifts is perhaps the toughest task so far in our car gift guide series. This is simply because the marque has the richest, oldest, and most illustrious history of any car manufacturer.
"Call me old school but hey, I'm a 90s baby in my 80s Mercedes." Those are the lyrics from an addictive song by the pop artist, Maren Morris. She was cruising past palm trees in an R107 SL, and it's easy to understand why her character has such an affection for it.
The best Mercedes gifts at a glance:
No other brand has the same diversity as Mercedes. From the ubiquitous Sprinter vans that deliver packages to the blisteringly fast Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, there really is something for everyone. But at the same time, the brand holds an amazing affection that can only be rivalled by another Stuttgart brand - and you can check out the best Porsche gifts after this one.
Inspired by our BMW gift guide, we've decided to put together a selection of the best Mercedes gifts. Perfect for the Mercedes lover in your life (or yourself).
The best Mercedes gifts
If you've ever sat in Merc's most iconic sports car, the 300SL Gullwing, you'll be familiar with
- Seriously cool umbrella
- Keeps you dry from the rain
- You won't be shifting gears, I'm afraid
Hans Werner Aufrecht and Elhard Melcher set out to shake the world of motor racing... with a
- Race worn/weathered effect
- Embodies spirit of the AMG Rote Sau
- You'll have to make up V8 noises through your throat
The best Mercedes RC car
Tamiya is renowned for making excellent R/C cars and this model is no different. A faithful 1:10
- Lovely detail
- A nice amount of engineering to drool over
- Doesn't make V8 noises
Best classic Mercedes model
If there was a car that encapsulated the spirit of Mercedes without effort, it will be a variant
- Incredible detail
- A superb display of a true MB highlight
- Has the stacked headlights rather than the prettier covered ones
The best Mercedes Ponton model
The W120 series was MB's first nudge into the executive segment as a model that sat below the
- A great model of an important Mercedes vehicle
- The case is a lovely bonus
- The ride height is lower than it should be
The 1955 Le Mans 24h will forever be tainted in history as the blackest race in motorsport
- A dynamic image of a couple of 300SLRs
- Looks great in any room
- It was a dark moment in motorsport
The Mercedes-Benz W124 is a cool car and the coupe version, the C124, is quickly becoming a
- A great t-shirt for any W124 fan
- Shows off the silhouette well
- We would prefer if a pre-facelift car was used
Why do we love Mercedes Benz?
Truth be told, with such a variety of an engineering portfolio, Mercs have many different stories to tell. From thundering through the Mille Miglia with Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel to carrying Diplomats from conference to conference. If you were especially unlucky, you might've rode in the back of a Sprinter ambulance at one point. Despite the plethora of Audi gifts available, the brand cache of Mercedes is far greater than the four rings.
The fact of the matter is, Mercedes Benz has the oldest and richest portfolio of any automotive manufacturer in the world. The reason why various Ferrari gifts are so popular is because the brand has largely been centred around racing and the passion attached to it. With Mercedes, the racing is just one corner along with a heap of other achievements.
What is the greatest Mercedes of them all?
Depends what you want, really. If you're a fan of Subaru Imprezas and the gifts associated with it, you may not agree with our choice. But in the spirit of the brand's engineering excellence, we're saying the W100 600.
What about the worst?
Anyone remember the A-Class based Vaneo? Yeah, that.
Ryan Gilmore is the Deputy Autos and Tools Editor for CAR, specialising in car cleaning and hand tools. With an MA in Automotive Journalism, when he's not testing buckets he can be found looking at old Porsches.
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