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Old 12-23-2006, 08:52 PM
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Automobile Mag interview with MB's Design Head

The latest Automobile magazine has an an interview with MB's retired Head of Design Bruno Sacco. I thought this part was interesting:

Q: What Mercedes-Benz models do you consider to be your best designs?

A: The 1980s W126 S-class, the 1990s R129SL, the CLK, the SLK, and the W220 S-class that debuted in the late 1990s. But my favorite is the Mercedes-Benz 190 [W201] because of its importance to Mercedes.


Q: Is there a model you designed that you're unhappy with?

A: The W140 S-class from the early 1990s, because it is four inches too tall.


Q: What cars do you own?

A: A Mercedes 560SEC. I love the car except for the large plastic door-handle surrounds. I am considering having my car modified to fix this design flaw.

Just thought this was interesting and relevant to this site.

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Old 12-23-2006, 10:12 PM
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Old 12-24-2006, 12:20 AM
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Strange, I also really don't like the SEC door handles but I like everything else about it, particularly in Euro trim. My 560SL's door handles look out of proportion also compared to my 380SL.
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Old 12-24-2006, 09:38 AM
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Excellent..good to know DC Still remembers their pinnacle;-)

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Old 12-24-2006, 11:04 AM
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I'll have to look at a W140 at work...I had never noticed that they are too tall...I guess the 190e was important to MB corporately, but little tiny cars with vinyl seats leave me cold.
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Old 12-24-2006, 11:24 AM
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the 140 is rather tall...it's bloody cavernous inside.. The 190 was the precursor to the C class, the best $$$$ maker for DB/DC yet!

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his interview in the mercedes magazine shows him owning a CL almost light blue with cream interior. didnt say anything about him owning a sec. i wonder why he said two diff things for two diff magazines. in terms of w140 he claimed it was over done to over come the bmw models of that time.
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I just got the Mercedes Enthusiast magazine today and saw that picture of the CL. I'll read the article tomorrow sometime.
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yea seems like the guy gave different views for different magazines for some reason.... i'm wondering why.
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I read that article tonight, and he is pretty proud of the w126 S-class. The article goes into detail about some elements of that model, and why they made certain changes to the w140. There is little talk about the w140 two-door, but there is a pic of him in the w140 light-blue coupe.

Last paragraph of the article states: "But there is another distraction to keep him busy in his retirement - a recently purchased low mileage 560SEC in Anthracite with black leather and burl walnut."

It's a good story on the guy - he really was an MB institution. Amazing work he was involved in.
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What attracts me to the W126 is that they don't really have any bad angles. Not to mention they are just a pretty car. I have been known to site down on the back of a boat and just look at my car with a drink for a bit. Love the lines, nice being able to drive a car everyday thatís worth having a drink while simply admiring the lines.

I agree about the door handles on the C126. They stick out to much and destroy the smooth flow, they need to be a bit more understated.

W220 is a pretty car, I know a lot of people don't like them. But I do like how they look.
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I'll have to look at a W140 at work...I had never noticed that they are too tall...I guess the 190e was important to MB corporately, but little tiny cars with vinyl seats leave me cold.
You won't notice unless its parked next to a 126. The first time I parked my 140 next to my 126 I thought my tires were low on the 126. Its MUCH taller.
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What attracts me to the W126 is that they don't really have any bad angles. Not to mention they are just a pretty car. I have been known to site down on the back of a boat and just look at my car with a drink for a bit. Love the lines, nice being able to drive a car everyday thatís worth having a drink while simply admiring the lines.

I agree about the door handles on the C126. They stick out to much and destroy the smooth flow, they need to be a bit more understated.

W220 is a pretty car, I know a lot of people don't like them. But I do like how they look.
I think the 220's appearance wise are rather nice. Its the engineering that kills it for me. The early model Command systems were a bit of a joke in comparison to some of the other nav units on the market in addition to a car that just feels cheap in comparison to its predecessor. Car's are supposed to get better not get worse as the model years tick by. While Im the first to agree the 140 was "overdone" at least the let down could have been slower.
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Get over it fellas . . . the W201 is still his favorite.

While it gets overlooked as the "baby benz" it was a big risk on a radical design from Sacco's staff, but it paid off for Daimler with more than a million units sold in 10 years and innovations like the multi link rear suspension, monowiper and the use of lightweight steel and alloys in the chassis.
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I could understand saying the 140 is 4 inches too long - but too tall? This woud appear to be a sign that some form of senility has set in - necessitating the retirement and casting some doubts over all other comments. At his age it's very hard to keep chassis numbers straight.

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