A few days ago we were invited to attend the open day of a local Mercedes-Benz collection, known as the Mercseum. The privately owned collection is housed in a warehouse just outside of Cape Town.

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Wide spread of machinery

Over thirty models represent nearly six decades of the Three-pointed Star’s automotive history. The oldest dates back to the early 1950s with youngest ‘born’ in 2010. The cars are well laid out and 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.

You can see other bespoke galleries by clicking on these links:

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


A W113 aka the Pagoda, greets visitors as they enter the Mercseum.

A W113 aka the Pagoda, greets visitors as they enter the Mercseum.


A pristine A124 (W124 cabrio) alongside a mean-looking 560SEC.

A pristine A124 (W124 cabrio) alongside a mean-looking 560SEC.


A R107 SL next to a C123 (W123 coupe) variant and W123, on the wall behind are numerous old Mercedes front grilles.

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 famous 190E 2,3 16 a car that laid the foundation for Mercedes' success in the DTM.

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 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 the foreground with a 190SL in the background.

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 long-wheelbase, coupe and sedan body styles

A trio of W114/5 models in (l-r) sedan, coupe and long-wheelbase body styles.


An extremely rare Mercedes E500. The car features a V8 engine, bespoke body panels and lower ride height. It was famously built by Porsche.

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. It was famously built by Porsche on behalf of Mercedes.

Even little Mercedes-Benz fans are taken into account at the Mercseum.

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.

Some of the more modern models in the Mercseum. A neat SL500, a 560SEC on AMG wheels and a W124 cabriolet.


This Mercseum 'mechanic' spent the entire afternoon under that car...

That car must have a serious issue as the mechanic spent the entire afternoon in that pose…


The SLS AMG aka the modern Gullwing with its wings up.

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.