Some time ago we were invited to attend the open day of a local Mercedes-Benz collection, known as the Mercseum. Warehoused just outside of Cape Town, this wonderful privately-owned collection is something to behold.
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Widespread of machinery
Over thirty models represent nearly six decades of the Three-pointed Star’s automotive history. Notably, the oldest dates back to the early 1950s with the youngest ‘born’ in 2010. The museum is laid out well, and cars are surrounded by Mercedes paraphernalia of all kinds. Once a year, the owner grants access to a few members of the public to view the pristine cars. We share a few of our highlights from our visit to the Mercseum below.
Other bespoke automotive galleries:
Museo Automobili Lamborghini at the company headquarters in SantAgata.
History and gallery of special, one-off Ferraris.
Highlights from Brabus’ past.
A visit to the Pagani museum in Italy.
The Michael Schumacher museum near his hometown in Germany.
Into the Mercseum:
The W113 aka the Pagoda, greets visitors as they enter the Mercseum.
A pristine A124 (W124 cabrio) alongside a mean-looking 560SEC.
An R107 series SL sits next to a C123 (W123 coupe) variant and W123 (four-door version), on the wall behind, are numerous old Mercedes front grilles. Click here to read about an extremely rare V8-powered 500TE.
The 190E 2,3 16 is the car that laid the foundation for Mercedes’ success in the DTM. It featured a 2,3-litre engine with a 16-valve head of Cosworth design. It is also the precursor to the C-Class.
A regal Mercedes S600 Grosser featured a 6,3-litre V8 and was a favourite of heads of state the world over.
A stunning drop-top Ponton, in rare right-hand-drive guise, in the foreground with a 190SL in the background.
A trio of W114/5 models in (l-r) sedan, coupe and long-wheelbase body styles.
An extremely rare W124 Mercedes E500 (silver car). This limited-edition model features a 5,0-litre V8 that produces 240 kW, bespoke body panels and a lower ride height. Porsche famously built this car on behalf of Mercedes.
Even little Mercedes-Benz fans are taken into account at the Mercseum.
Some of the more modern models in the Mercseum. A neat SL500, a 560SEC on AMG wheels and a W124 cabriolet.
That car must have a serious issue as the mechanic spent the entire afternoon in that pose…
Finally, the SLS AMG aka the modern Gullwing in look-at-me ‘wings’ up pose, is the youngest car in the Mercseum. Click here to learn more about the upcoming, hard-core Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series.