The Ockhuisen Collection:

Mercedes-Benz cars from the nineties


The nickname for this series is `Der Kathedral`, because of its enormous size

Baureihe W140 1991/1998

This series is also known by the nickname ‘The Cathedral’ due to its enormous dimensions. The car was unveiled at the Genève car show of March 1991, after which the first cars let the factory on August the 6th that same year.

The W140 was the first of the “next generation” of Mercedes-Benz models to feature the company’s new design theme. This design was adopted for the new C-Class in 1989 and during 1991 for use on the facelifted W124 in 1993.

Mercedes-Benz built 432,732 examples of the 140 series, comprising 406,710 sedans and 26,022 coupés.

This S-Class achieved a new world record over the international competition

Design model of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, model series 140 (1991 to 1998), in the wind tunnel at the Untertürkheim plant. Photo from 1990. With a drag coefficient of 0.30, this S-Class achieved a new world record over the international competition – and also showed that a vehicle´s size and excellent aerodynamics are not a contradiction in terms.

The S-Class as an example for aerodynamics development

Underbody of Mercedes-Benz S-Class, model series 140 (1991 to 1998). The covered underbody plays a key role in this car´s excellent drag coefficient of 0.30, which earned it a new world record over the international competition – and also showed that a vehicle´s size and exemplary aerodynamics are not a contradiction in terms. Photo from 1990.

The W140 coupés were called the CL in 1996

A passant that we would like to put in the spotlight.

The first generation CL-Class was the sleek but hard-lined and redesigned W140-chassis (internally known as C140) coupé of 1992–1999. Designed by Bruno Sacco, the C140’s final design was approved between late 1987 and early 1988. Though the coupé’s physical appearance changed little over these years, the class underwent a name change several times. The V8 and V12 coupés were called the 500 SEC and 600 SEC, respectively, in 1992 and 1993. The 600 SEC was the first V12 coupé ever offered by Mercedes-Benz. For 1994, the model names were changed to the S500 Coupé and the S600 Coupé. The name CL-Class was adopted in June 1996(1997 for MY1998 North American models), and the W140 coupés were called the CL500 and CL600. Production ended in August 1998.


In May 1993 the second generation of the compact class was presented with the model series 202. Analogous to the generally known designation “S-Class”, which has been used for more than two decades for the top-class range of Mercedes-Benz, the new models were united under the newly created term “C-Class”.


W210 1995/2002

Since the W210 the E-Class has retained the four headlights in its design, which is noteworthy as prior to 1995 Mercedes-Benz had not applied round headlights in its car designs for quite some time up until then. The E-Class was offered as sedan and a Combi (station car).

The W210 models replaced the W124 E-Class models after 1995, launching in mainland Europe in September 1995 and in the United States on November 8, 1995. W210 sedans were replaced by the W211 E-Class after 2002, and wagons/estates changed body style to the W211 after 2003.


SLK sports car R 170 230 KOMPRESSOR

The evolutionary process towards becoming a premium brand of such diversity continued to gain momentum. In April of 1994, for example, Mercedes-Benz showed its first design study for the compact SLK sports car, featuring a vario roof in metal. The R 170 model series went into series production in 1996. The trendsetter with the distinctive three-letter name played a major part in enhancing the youthful appeal of the brand.


W 220 1998/2005

In September of 1998 the S-Class, with the badging W220, was introduced. In a time with increasing concern for the environment, Mercedes-Benz had taken note of the critique voiced by the press and the public by producing a significantly smaller and lighter S-Class.

The second generation of the CL is the W215-chassis coupé of 1999–2006. It is based on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W220). The CL’s front fascia of four oval headlights is similar to that of the W210 and W211 E-Class. The CL is offered as four models.

Production 1999–2006
Body and chassis
Platform Mercedes-Benz W215
5.0L V8
5.5L V8
6.2L V8
5.5L V12
5.8L V12
6.0L V12
6.3L V12


      The Mercedes-Benz W211 is a chassis designation for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, produced from 2002 through 2009. The W211 models replaced the W210 E-Class models and were superseded by the Mercedes-Benz W212 in 2009. The car was available in two body types: Sedan and Estate.
      On 19 December 2008, Mercedes-Benz announced it had delivered 1.5 million units of W211 E-Class vehicles, with 1,270,000 sedans and 230,000 wagons.