The fascination of the Mercedes SL

When the term Mercedes SL is mentioned, the image of a lively sports car with a powerful engine immediately springs to mind. The term SL-Class was introduced in the mid-1990s. Originally, the abbreviation “SL” stood for “super-light”, but was increasingly translated as “sports light”.

As early as the early 1950s, Mercedes developers and engineers were aware of how enthusiastic Mercedes customers in the USA would be about a lively sports car. This was the birth of the SL sports car.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Classes – the beginning of an era

As early as 1953, Max E. Hoffman was convinced that the Mercedes-Benz SL-Classes would be an absolute success in the USA. That is why the brand’s importer for the eastern US states set off for Untertürkheim, the production site and birthplace of the Mercedes models. Mercedes-Benz already had a very good reputation in the USA. People were expecting a new and exceptional vehicle for the launch on the American market.

After several discussions, the two models Mercedes 190 SL (W 121) and Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing (W 198) were finally developed and shipped to the other side of the globe. And Hoffman was proved right: In 1954 and 1955 alone, 85 percent of the 300 SL Coupé models produced were exported to the USA. All subsequent SL model series continued this story and became increasingly popular. This was the beginning of a new era.

Mercedes-Benz SL 300 – the birth of the Gullwing

Almost 70 years ago, not only was the SL generation born, but the foundation for the entire Mercedes-Benz sports car family was also laid at the same time. Mercedes-Benz only built 1,400 examples of the 300 SL Gullwing, making it a rarity and an absolute treasure in the automotive industry.

Rudolf Uhlenhaut, head of testing at the time, developed the first SL sports car with an innovative spirit, which was sent onto the international race track as early as 1952. After a very successful year for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, everyone knew that a supercar on wheels had been invented. Since then, the letters “SL” have stood for unique automobiles and legendary sports cars. Among automobile enthusiasts, the SL models are highly coveted collector’s cars. This even went so far that in 1999 the 300 SL “Gullwing” was voted “Sports Car of the Century” by a jury of specialist journalists.

H2: From roadster to convertible – SL-Classes remain a legend!

For almost 70 years, the Mercedes-Benz Classics have been absolute style icons and unique sports car legends. Today, there is a wide variety of models in the Mercedes-Benz SL model series:

This was just a small selection of the wide variety of vehicles. You can obtain all spare parts for your Mercedes SL classic car in our online store! We will be happy to help you make the right choice.

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Special license plates: E and H license plates

Depending on what kind of car you drive, there are various options for registration. In addition to the standard license plates, there are special license plates such as the H license plate or the E license plate, each of which offers different advantages and disadvantages.

With an H registration, there is an “H” on the license plate after the regular license plate, and an “E” for an E registration. The “H” stands for historic, so an H license plate is a classic car license plate. The “E” stands for electronic, it identifies electric cars.

Classic car fans can also register their car with a red 07 license plate. However, this license plate does not allow the car to be driven on regular roads. It may only be used for driving to classic car meetings and rallies as well as trips for repair and maintenance purposes.

What are the requirements for a special license plate?

The requirements for an e-license plate are quite obvious. It must be either an electric car, a plug-in hybrid or a fuel cell car. If this can be seen from the documents required for registration, you can register your vehicle as an electric vehicle and receive an e-license plate.

For classic cars, the process at the registration office is somewhat more complicated. The introduction of H license plates in Germany serves the purpose of preserving motor vehicle cultural assets. In order to have your classic car recognized as a historic vehicle, it must meet various requirements. Firstly, the vehicle must have been put into operation for the first time at least 30 years ago in order to receive an H license plate. Secondly, it must be in a condition that is true to the original. Of course, the components do not all have to be original parts; they may also be spare parts. Any modifications made must be contemporary. This means that they were carried out in the first 10 years after the classic car was first registered, or at least that this was technically possible.

In addition, the classic car should generally be in good condition. To prove that these requirements have been met, the vehicle owner must submit an expert opinion. This certificate costs around 80 to 200 euros. Of course, as with a normal registration, you will need the vehicle registration document and the vehicle registration certificate.

What are the advantages of H license plates and E license plates?

Many cities and municipalities offer free parking spaces for electric cars or allow them to drive in bus lanes. There are also different tax benefits for electric cars, depending on the date of registration, to encourage citizens to buy an electric vehicle.

For H license plates, the tax advantage is the most important argument. All classic cars registered with an H license plate are taxed at a flat rate of 191.73 euros per year. For most classic cars, this tax rate is significantly lower than the regular vehicle tax of 25.36 euros per 100 cubic centimeters of cubic capacity or part thereof. But beware: in recent years, more and more smaller cars with catalytic converters have become old enough to be eligible for H registration. For smaller vehicles in particular, the regular tax rate is often cheaper than the flat-rate taxation of classic cars with an H license plate. Therefore, classic car owners should think carefully about whether it is worthwhile for their vehicle to exchange their current license plate for a classic car license plate before going to the registration office.

Another advantage for classic cars with a special license plate is the insurance premiums. Insurance companies are aware that classic cars are driven differently and less frequently than other vehicles. This is why insurance premiums are significantly lower than for ordinary cars, which tend to be driven more frequently and less carefully.

Where can you get spare parts to repair your classic car?

Now that you have all the information you need, it’s up to you to decide whether you would rather have a classic car registration or a regular road registration. If you want to carry out a few repairs to your classic car before your visit to the registration office, our online store is the right place for spare parts for all classic car brands.

Our classic car spare parts store, in which we offer car parts for Mercedes classic cars as well as youngtimers and classic cars from many other manufacturers, will help you with the professional repair and maintenance of your classic car.

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The history of Mercedes-Benz

Today we are looking at the history of Mercedes-Benz. Today, it is hard to imagine the roads without the Stuttgart-based company’s cars. But it was a long road with many ups and downs before the car became a global success. It is not possible to say exactly when the first automobile was developed, as the first vehicles that could be driven without muscle power were invented as early as the 17th century. However, the Benz Patent Motor Car Number 1 is considered to be the first practical automobile.

Carl Benz – a pioneer in the history of the automobile

When Carl Benz (originally Karl Benz) developed the first car with an internal combustion engine in 1885, he was initially ridiculed. Many did not believe that his invention would catch on. Today it is obvious that Benz was right.

After many years of attempts, which were often not crowned with success, he succeeded in building a well-functioning engine for the first time in 1879. He then founded the Benz & Cie. gas engine factory in Mannheim in 1883. After he applied for a patent for his invention in 1886, it was his wife, Bertha Benz, who helped the car to become better known in 1888 with a trip to Pforzheim, 104 kilometers away. Today, the Bertha Benz Memorial Route commemorates the route she traveled. With her tour, Bertha Benz finally proved the practicality of the car.

When Carl Benz was allowed to present his invention at the Paris World Exhibition in 1889, the vehicle attracted a great deal of attention. Thus began the triumphal march of the automobile, which Carl Benz, who died in 1929, lived to see.

Gottlieb Daimler – pioneer of the automotive industry

Alongside Carl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler is one of the most important personalities in the history of the automobile. The engine with glow tube ignition that he developed together with Wilhelm Maybach formed the basis for the engine of the Benz Patent Motor Car developed by Carl Benz. Daimler also developed the first motorcycle, the Reitwagen, together with Maybach in 1885.

A legal dispute arose over the Gottlieb Daimler invention used by Carl Benz. As a result, Benz & Cie had to pay license fees to Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. Although the two inventors lived not far from each other (Benz near Mannheim and Daimler near Stuttgart), they never met. Although they met in 1897 when the Central European Motor Car Association was founded, they did not want to talk to each other. When Gottlieb Daimler died in 1900, the automobile was yet to achieve its greatest successes.

Where does the name Mercedes come from?

The name Mercedes, which was used for the vehicles of Gottlieb Daimler and later Daimler-Benz AG, goes back to the daughter of the Austro-Hungarian diplomat and automobile racing driver Emil Jellinek. He had named his Daimler vehicle after his daughter and thus made it famous. In order to profit from this, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft registered the name Mercedes as a trademark. This is why the cars produced by Daimler-Benz AG, which later emerged from a merger, are still sold under the name Mercedes Benz today.

Daimler-Benz AG – the foundation of a global corporation

Daimler-Benz AG was formed in 1926 from the merger of Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft with Benz & Cie. At this time, many German car manufacturers were experiencing difficulties, which is why Daimler-Benz AG was founded, which has since been renamed Daimler AG. After the merger, the company quickly enjoyed great success. After the National Socialists seized power in 1933, the construction of engines and vehicles for the German military became more important and soon accounted for the majority of production. Only a few Daimler plants were destroyed during the Second World War. At this time, the company wrote a dark chapter in its history when concentration camp prisoners, prisoners of war and other forced laborers were used in the Daimler-Benz-AG plants for production.

After the Second World War, Daimler-Benz concentrated more on building automobiles again and developed various safety features for cars that are still important today. After a less than successful merger with Chrysler in 1998, Daimler and Chrysler split up again in 2007. Since then, the car manufacturer has operated under the name Daimler AG.

Of course, we are only offering an insight into the history of Mercedes Benz, which fills entire books. Even better than reading about the history is experiencing it for yourself. You can do this in a museum or by driving a historic vehicle yourself. Various models and all associated spare parts can be found in our online store.

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A visual highlight: front ornamentation for the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

Mercedes Benz 190 SL grey from the side perspective

Classic car fans know that the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL is based on the 180 model and was once developed as an elegant touring roadster for the top ten thousand. The year was 1954 when the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL with its unmistakable hood was presented to an enthusiastic public. Under this beautiful hood was a completely newly developed 1.9-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with no less than 105 hp, which took the car from 0 to 100 km/h in around 14 seconds and achieved a top speed of up to 170 km/h. The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was not only a fantastic convertible, but could also be purchased as a coupé with a removable hardtop.

An eye-catcher: the front ornament of the Mercedes 190 SL

For all these reasons, the car is still an absolute specialty today and, above all, a lucrative investment. This makes it all the more important to preserve the value of this classic car. This applies in particular to the perfect outfit, which also includes its front ornamentation.

Stainless steel is more durable

In the past, the front ornamentation for the Mercedes 190 SL was chrome-plated, but today stainless steel is increasingly being used. Visually, the difference is barely noticeable. The reason is obvious, because stainless steel is much more durable and does not rust. This means that scratches on stainless steel can be polished away yourself, and drivers can even remove small dents themselves. Chrome-plated nose decorations, on the other hand, have to be re-chromed again and again at great expense. However, the stainless steel nose trim for the Mercedes 190SL is no longer original.

What you should know

However, the cross struts and star are only available as originals, which is why a set only consists of the lower and upper frame. A very good condition of the bodywork is essential for a perfect fit. The unchromed replica of a front ornament for the Mercedes 190SL consists of four parts: Lower part, upper part and the left and right side parts. Visit our well-stocked online store.

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220 S braking device – safely on the road with a classic car

Functioning brakes are the be-all and end-all when it comes to driving safely on the road. A faulty or worn braking device puts yourself and other road users in danger. But even if an accident caused by worn brake discs or a malfunctioning brake unit only results in damage to the bodywork, this can lead to high costs and a great deal of time and effort, especially in a classic car like the 220 S from Mercedes Benz, which is why it is worth carrying out maintenance for the 220 S braking device at regular intervals.

w180 in black with the 220s braking device from the side perspective

The 220 S braking device in particular, which is one of the most complicated safety components, should be checked regularly. The wear and tear on this braking device is gradual. Many drivers do not immediately notice that their braking system is no longer fully functional. They get used to the ever-increasing pedal pressure and the longer braking distance.

Finding the right spare parts for classic cars is usually relatively difficult. Drivers of vintage Mercedes Benz cars have it very easy by comparison. The niemöller online store offers a large selection of spare parts for Mercedes passenger cars built between 1946 and 1975.

sketch of a braking device 220s

The 220 S braking device, for example, can also be purchased here. Individual components can also be replaced in the brake unit for the 220 S, which can also be purchased in the niemöller online store. On the overview page for the Mercedes 220S, model 180.010, you can see an exploded view which you can use to find the required spare part for the 220 S braking device, even without the exact part number.

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Mercedes 190 SL – a classic that not only makes classic car enthusiasts shine

The Mercedes 190 SL is one of the first series from Mercedes with a self-supporting body. Built from 1955, the 190 SL is a touring sports car that was already very popular at the time. Equipped with a more powerful engine than its predecessor, the 180, and slightly upgraded on the inside, it also stood out on the outside. In addition to the hub caps 190 sl, on which the Mercedes star was significantly larger, the visual changes included front hinged windows, large rear lights, a slightly wider radiator grille and longer trim strips, which were now also to be found on the underside of the windows. The 190 SL was fitted with thirteen-inch wheels with spoke hubcaps, also available as small hubcaps with decorative rings.

hub caps for the mercedes sl 190

Hub caps are generally an issue that should not be underestimated for classic cars. Minor changes to the bodywork are usually only noticed by the TÜV and specialists, just like changes to the interior. However, if the vehicle is on the wrong wheels with hubcaps that do not match the model, even a layman interested in classic cars can see that something is wrong. No matter how well-maintained the vehicle may be, in absolutely perfect condition – if the tires don’t match, the whole good impression is destroyed.

In contrast to many other classic cars from this period, the use of original hubcaps on the 190 SL not only leads to a certain, but even to a noticeable increase in value. They restore the vehicle to the splendor of the past and perfect it.

There are a number of stores on the Internet that specialize in either restoring the hubcaps of classic cars to their original condition or selling restored hubcaps. Original models can also often be found at classic car fairs, at meetings and in fan clubs, some in need of restoration, others in very good condition. Smaller garages also often have treasures for classic cars in the back corners of their warehouses that the owners have long since forgotten – if you have the opportunity to browse here, you can sometimes find parts that were no longer available, from spare parts for the engine, brakes and lights to tires, rims and hubcaps.

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Open-fronted storage boxes and indoor storage boxes for your workshop

Attention hobby mechanics!

Do you restore a classic car in your spare time? Then you’re probably familiar with this! Whenever you need a certain small part (e.g. the sealing ring for the inlet valve) for installation, you can’t find it. Something like that can spoil the fun of wrenching.

Open-fronted storage boxes with indoor storage boxes

You can avoid this in future with an open-fronted storage box. The open-fronted storage box saves space and with the matching inner storage box you can keep your workshop tidy. The open-fronted storage box from Niemöller is made of corrugated cardboard (quality 1.30) and can be easily stacked on top of each other. The sides of the open-fronted storage box are slightly slanted towards the front so that you have easy access to the small classic car parts, even if several boxes are stacked on top of each other.

The open-fronted storage box can be subdivided several times using the inner storage boxes. This means that screws of different sizes can be stored separately in one open-fronted storage box. The inner storage box is available in several sizes. It is oil and water-repellent on the inside.

The open-fronted storage box is not only suitable for the workshop at home. The open-fronted storage boxes are also suitable for storing presentation documents at trade fairs. They can be folded up in a few simple steps to save space.

three open fronted storage boxes next to each other

Niemöller not only offers you a cost-effective way to store small parts neatly, but also offers over 60,000 spare parts for Mercedes-Benz classic cars. From hubcaps for the Adenauer 300 to soft top covers for the 190 SL. In the Niemöller online store you will find a large selection of Benz classic car parts from the years 1946 to 1975.

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In-House Products by Niemöller

A world without spare parts for classic cars

Imagine a world without spare parts for classic cars: You own a beautiful classic car, a real gem. You spend a lot of time maintaining it, caring for it. Taking your car for its next joyride to the outside is only a few hours of work away. But then: A very important spare part is missing. You research everywhere, but this part simply doesn’t exist anymore and is no longer being manufactured. How annoying! All that hard work for nothing? How terrible would that be?
Fortunately, this scenario doesn’t have to come true.

Niemöller offers more than 65.000 different Mercedes-Benz spare parts

In our Niemöller online shop (, we offer more than 65.000 different Mercedes-Benz spare parts. They’re not only fitting for Mercedes-Benz classic cars but also for many more classic car models from different brands. We are very proud of our wide range of Mercedes-Benz spare parts and are constantly maintaining and expanding our product range, so your classic car doesn’t lack anything.

We exclusively reproduce spare parts for classic cars that are no longer being manufactured

Sometimes it happens that various spare parts for classic cars are no longer being manufactured nor are they anywhere in stock. In order to keep providing you with spare parts for classic cars, we exclusively reproduce selected items. We hand-pick our partners that are manufacturing our so called „in-house products“ just for us. If you click on „in-house products“ on our website, you can see all of our in-house products sorted by car model.

Mercedes spare parts by Niemöller – a good choice!

Deciding for Niemöller as your Mercedes spare parts dealer of choice is always a good idea. We attach high importance on good quality and fair prices, so you will get everything you need for your classic car.

Take a look at our wide selection of Mercedes spare parts at our website.

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Mercedes Benz vintage cars

Mercedes-Benz-vintage is well-recognized as the creme-de-la-creme of luxury automobiles. Superior design, engineering and craftsmanship are the pillars of success for this global brand. With more than a century of manufacturing excellence, Mercedes Benz classic cars have gained a loyal following.

“Classic Looks”

In 1886, Mercedes-Benz manufactured one of the first gasoline-powered automobiles. Mercedes is known for delivering first-class German engineering. These vehicles are made well and stand the test of time.

Millions of vehicles have been manufactured throughout history. But a few stand out with classic looks that demand the attention of classic automobile collectors. One such design is the Mercedes 190SL manufactured from 1955 to 1963. An estimated 25,881 were built. This low number creates instant scarcity.

The Mercedes-Benz 190SL has a playful look combined with precise lines. The car seems to be smiling as it drives down the road. This 2-door roadster has a soft top or hard top with a 1,877 cc M121 SOHC I4 engine.

Its fully independent double wishbone suspension delivered speeds of 171 km/h (106 mph). This little car delivered instant satisfaction for drivers, passengers and bystanders. Heads turned to catch another glimpse of this beautiful gem.

Mercedes Benz vintage car spare parts

Few cars can generate instant respect, adoration and praise. The Mercedes-Benz 190SL satisfies on each count. No lines are out-of-place, extraneous or contrived. The 190SL is like a well-written poem maximizing its vocabulary to impress everyone.

If you have one of these Mercedes Benz vintage cars, make sure you find the original parts to keep it running for a long time. Don’t compromise with your antique jewel. Find original Mercedes Benz vintage spare parts at “”: sun visor 190 SL, soft top 190 SL, brake system 190 SL, bow lining 190 SL, bow covering 190 SL , to name but a few.

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Mercedes W108 – Myth of the Mercedes S-Class

The Mercedes W108 is one of the most legendary type series of Mercedes Benz. It was constructed from 1965 to 1972 for prosperous clients. Up to today that car represents the high values of Mercedes Benz vintage cars.

Mercedes S-Class spare partsThe array Mercedes W108 was equipped as standard with a 4 gear manual but Mercedes offered an automatic gearbox for large requirements and more extravagance.

Emphasized by its innovative technics the Mercedes W 108  was able to establish itself on national and international markets. To have the continuing ability to compete against the others on the market, Mercedes Benz started a further development and created a manual transmission with 5 gears for all cars with six cylinder engine. The models 250S and 280S were well equipped and performed between 130 and 140 ps. Later on Mercedes improved its cars and released the SE-versions. They were featured with mechanical injection pumps. While Mercedes Benz was able to reduce fuel consumption, they could increase their performance by 20 ps at the same time.

The interior design is related to high standards as well. Mercedes Benz set a benchmark, which is still in demand today: smooth leather, pure wood and fine blanket.

One of the most famous appearances of the black Mercedes S280 (Series W108) occurred in the movie „James Bond 007-Octopussy“ by EON Productions Ltd. Only after 18 years, in 1983, Bond was authorized to drive this car.

According to the fact of that luxury car in Mercedes Benz history, the myth of famous Mercedes Benz W108 will persist.

Due to the fact that the Mercedes W108 is one of the most popular vintage cars, it is difficult for each owner to find the right spare parts for his beloved car.

Niemoeller is specilized to acquire rare spare parts. We offer a great variety for all Mercedes Benz vintage cars constructed between 1946 and 1975.

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