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Olympic gold medallist Lars Riedel lines up for Saxony Classic 2016 rally in Mercedes-Benz 500 SL.

Picture book setting and idyllic routes.

'Classic cars have always been a hobby of mine.'

“I’m over the moon that the Saxony Classic is starting in Zwickau, where I was born,” commented Lars Riedel. “Classic cars have always been a hobby of mine. I’m particularly looking forward to the reception from the local fans.” Riedel’s car for the Saxony Classic 2016 is a dream in silver: with its V8 engine, the 500 SL has an output of 170 kW (231 hp), which made it the new flagship model in the SL series back in 1980. The success of the R 107 SL model series is indicated by its long production run of over 18 years, from 1971 until 1989.

Another dream car, but dating from the 1950s and 1960s, is the 300 SL Roadster. Introduced in 1957, it superseded the legendary 300 SL “Gullwing”, which had marked Mercedes-Benz’s triumphant return to the super sports car market segment in 1954. To this day the cars are seen as icons of the brand and it comes as no surprise that they form the centrepiece of many renowned car collections around the world. Their lightweight, sturdy space frame and their powerful six-cylinder engine (158 kW/215 hp) with direct petrol injection underline their motor racing pedigree, while the technology is all wrapped up in timelessly stunning bodywork.

Technical innovations and benchmark design.

Alongside these two vehicles the Mercedes-Benz 230 appears relatively unremarkable. A four-door, five-seater saloon with 80 kW (109 hp) in this starting line-up? Quite right: it represents the brand’s unique tradition in the luxury mid-range segment, which dates back over 110 years. Mercedes-Benz has shaped this segment with technical innovations and benchmark design. Since 1993 Mercedes-Benz’s mid-range model has been the E-Class, the latest generation of which arrived in Mercedes-Benz showrooms around the world in 2016.

Technical innovations and benchmark design.

Alongside these two vehicles the Mercedes-Benz 230 appears relatively unremarkable. A four-door, five-seater saloon with 80 kW (109 hp) in this starting line-up? Quite right: it represents the brand’s unique tradition in the luxury mid-range segment, which dates back over 110 years. Mercedes-Benz has shaped this segment with technical innovations and benchmark design. Since 1993 Mercedes-Benz’s mid-range model has been the E-Class, the latest generation of which arrived in Mercedes-Benz showrooms around the world in 2016.

The Saxony Classic provides the perfect showcase.

The Mercedes-Benz 230 that will take part in the Saxony Classic comes from the Museum’s stock of ALL TIME STARS (http://alltime-stars.com) – vintage and classic cars in a technically and visually good condition, whose patina lends them a special character – and is available as part of the Collectors’ Edition . The model series 123 Saloon in distinctive sahara yellow is a treasured item with impressive road capability: with only one previous owner, this is a car with very few kilometres on the clock. Since it was first licensed in March 1979 it has only driven around 23,000 kilometres. Its optional extras include automatic transmission, power steering, a Becker Europa radio and the right-hand exterior mirror. The latter is not atypical: it was standard for many car brands at the time to feature an exterior mirror on the driver’s side only.

With its picture book setting and idyllic routes, the Saxony Classic provides the perfect showcase for these cars. The starting field will take a short detour into the Czech Republic.

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