Mercedes S-Class: all you need to know!
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Here it is, the ultimate Mercedes S-Class history lesson!
Mat’s gained access to the Mercedes Classic centre and he’s had the chance to look around every previous generation of the Mercedes S-Class! From the very first 450 SEL from 1978 through to the latest seventh generation, Mat’s going to show you just how Mercedes’s luxury limo has evolved. From the introduction of the first turbo engine through to the inclusion of parking sensors and sat-nav, this is your one-stop-shop for all things S-Class!
But which of these classics do you love the most? Let us know in the comments below!
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  • Mat Watson Cars
    Mat Watson Cars

    Hi Mat here. What is your favourite S-Class ever? Let me know in the comment... And if you haven't already click on my face to check out my personal SLtoos channel Matwatsoncars. And pls subscribe to it. Thanks.

    • francois mostert
      francois mostert

      Matt, I like your bit of German (similar to Afrikaans) - lang LOL!!

    • Indika Samarawickrema
      Indika Samarawickrema

      W126 & W140

    • Ram Visvanathan
      Ram Visvanathan

      7th generation s S class

    • Frank Xu
      Frank Xu


    • Erjon gjoka
      Erjon gjoka

      2005 s-class

  • Wan Amerhan
    Wan Amerhan

    From ugly(old) to ugly(2020)

  • Tabish Khan
    Tabish Khan

    I love the old ones that beautiful classic rocky Mercedes Benz ♥️👌🔥

  • Ste Bucks
    Ste Bucks

    Has to the Second generation 500 SEL, beautiful. Also, Mats shorts need to be shorter. 😉

  • leo hisham
    leo hisham

    Make this comment the most liked comment

  • Totally Eshrekt
    Totally Eshrekt

    W140 - The Last True S class

  • Silent Ninja
    Silent Ninja

    I'm no car expert, but it feels like you skipped a couple of generations/versions of the S-Class, in particular the 2018-ish model - I was really looking forward to seeing it, especially the way it looks in comparison to the previous and the latest model(s). Slightly disappointed, but will not leave a dislike. All in all, a decent review.

  • Chandra Shekar
    Chandra Shekar

    Mercedes were built to last ....but not anymore

  • Jacob Thigpen
    Jacob Thigpen

    I’d like more videos in this style. Loved how you went from car to car and have a history lesson on each. Would love to see something like this for the BMW 3 series; one of my favorite cars of all-time.

  • Nuri Ozkaya
    Nuri Ozkaya

    I wonder why they did not produce any s classes between 1929-1951 tho.

  • RDJ2

    They also made a few models between 1940 and 1945, but those are in the SS-Class.

  • RoCKetMaN

    Now we need an BMW all you need to know

  • adel sa
    adel sa

    I just like 560sel 1990 it's the best

  • adel sa
    adel sa

    After 1990 nothing from Mercedes works until now, alot of computer less quality after warranty done just throw it out just like smart phone 2-3 year's then you have to replace it with New one but [hone cost 1k while Mercedes cost 100k

  • Hermes


  • ray bob
    ray bob

    "It's called AMG"

  • rigoagui

    Looks like a fucking A8 with a Tesla interior, Mercedes failed.

  • Laziz R
    Laziz R

    Can you review new Brabus rocket 900?

  • K D
    K D

    Fith Forth

  • K D
    K D

    Fith Forth

  • R S
    R S

    They just made the car look terrible. Personally I think Mercedes is losing so much edge to Tesla. Rich people in NY and LA stopped buying s class.


    Der Mercedes Nürburgring 400 hat seinen Namen bekommen, weil er über 20.000 Km auf dem Nürburgring ohne Pause gefahren ist. Und die Rote Sau hat ihren Namen bekommen, weil sie damals eins der schnellsten Autos der Welt war und die erste Lackierung eine rote Rennlackierung war.

  • Allen Marais
    Allen Marais

    This was such an awesome video 😱🙌🙌🙌🙌 please do more of these

  • Seth Tan
    Seth Tan

    Do history for alfa romeo

  • azzan alsinani
    azzan alsinani

    my dream car is Mercedes s 600 v12 w140

  • Mr 2
    Mr 2

    I can’t help but notice the older you’re getting Mat, the more cross eyed you’re getting..... are you ok?

  • jamel rl
    jamel rl

    wearing short lol stop coping from another reviewer


    5.55 that w221 😍, best looking modern S class

  • Cedric Dlamini
    Cedric Dlamini

    I thought Volvo were the ones with the first airbag in a passenger car.

  • Petar Evtimov
    Petar Evtimov

    FiTH generation :D

  • themarmite95

    What is going on with the spelling at 06:14??

  • Ashley Gordon
    Ashley Gordon

    A few errors here I dare to say. They were using the letter S decades before the model you indicated. Like the S, S, SSK and SSKL models of the 1920's and in numerous model designations in the '30's.

  • jacinto pinto
    jacinto pinto

    The W221 in my opinion is the mos beautiful one ever made.

  • jim wilkins
    jim wilkins

    Hey you misspelled fourth AND fifth in the video (around 6:15)!!

  • Sami Seifeddine
    Sami Seifeddine


  • D.

    W126 and W140 for the win!

  • Chibu O
    Chibu O

    Get back to engineering solid vehicles and leave the plastic to the Spielzeug makers! Mercedes quality isn’t what it should be anymore...

  • ItsssAnas

    The newer the it gets even more ugly

    • Cockshield

      The W220 was a pretty car... but fuck me it felt like it was made out of tracing paper!

  • AWI - ماليـــة عراقيــة
    AWI - ماليـــة عراقيــة

    Tell me ! From what country you reading This comment 😉

  • Max S
    Max S

    The old.mercedes can be kept on the road indefinitely ! The new one will be an uneconomic repair once the engine light stays on at 10 years and will go through auctions and sold and then traded in again and re sold indefinitely!

  • juggsy

    Fith and forth?! Come on guys check your spelling!

  • Gray Filtered
    Gray Filtered

    They have some amazing designs .. such a shame reliability left the chat

  • Tim Eprx
    Tim Eprx

    German Cars Are The Best!!

  • Fred E. Gantzler III
    Fred E. Gantzler III

    Hmm, fav S-Class. Well, my 2012 S63 was a freight train and a beast, but without 4Matic getting power to the ground was tough and tires did not last long. My current S550, 2017, was a special order and is to me the perfect S, even compared to new version. But my family has had many versions of S-Class since 1969, and my dad’s 1990 560SEL was a bank vault (remember how those old doors made a thunk/click in the same way no matter how hard the door was closed?), classic, not too many goofy electronic features and incredibly easy and fun to drive.

  • r n
    r n

    Mercedes-Benz W07/W150?

  • Tabitha Nyambura
    Tabitha Nyambura

    the new one

  • nokiangage

    I have the same w140 just with silver leather and I love it 🍻

  • Scott Gibson
    Scott Gibson

    The new S class is boring as fuck. What a miserable design.

  • THE Weeknd
    THE Weeknd

    The new s class looks like a bigger version of the e class 😂

  • MattJelonek


  • Thiệu Vĩ Vương
    Thiệu Vĩ Vương

    very useful, i really like it.

  • Adarsh Singh
    Adarsh Singh

    The new s class is not even worth reviewing. Pathetic combination of tesla and A class. The elegance & royalty of a s class are gone forever.

  • Itiel Dos Santos
    Itiel Dos Santos

    Great to see carwow grow

  • Brian Allen
    Brian Allen

    Loved this video, I've had 2 mercs, driving a clk320:2000 at the moment I love it....


    By the way you spelled fifth Fith, wierd.


    I bet you don't have what I have? 1983 AMG 1000sl 5 speed turbo owed by All Copland founder of Popeye Chicken.

  • Mbiu George
    Mbiu George

    I vant one, ja

  • Ben Harris
    Ben Harris

    I feel like Mercedes either prioritise’s technology or design

  • huss1205

    Saddam kept using his fleet of W126 from 80's until the last time he showed up on TV a day or two before US entered Baghdad in April of 2003...

  • DaviCupra

    3:53 1989 and not 1979

  • Arthur Chitsike
    Arthur Chitsike

    I though he was going to review the W223 S Class

  • blower2006

    Matttt you forgot the new one!!!!

  • robnexus7

    What a ugly car the new s class is compared to the beautiful classics

  • Brian Willis
    Brian Willis

    I wish i read the comments first... I thought u were gona review the new sclass😫😫😫

  • xX Storm Xx • vor 27 Jahren
    xX Storm Xx • vor 27 Jahren

    😂 the red Sau musste lachen als er das gesagt hat

  • xX Storm Xx • vor 27 Jahren
    xX Storm Xx • vor 27 Jahren

    The best car in the world is the s class.

  • xX Storm Xx • vor 27 Jahren
    xX Storm Xx • vor 27 Jahren

    I think all of the S classes were Benchmarks

  • W126-500

    300SEL please or the 6.9 or the 560 u can keep the rest 👌🏽😁


    Mercedes-Benz W140 or W220 please!!!



  • FR-HVAC-Technican

    Hallo Freunde! ist das normal? Die neue Mega Karte? PLUS -> vc

  • rapid170

    Interesting video, cheers Matt

  • Elsabe Cronje
    Elsabe Cronje

    Pls do the c class version of this video pls pls pls

  • Surendran Selvaraj
    Surendran Selvaraj

    Only the last 2 generation of s class looks good. Mat, can you please do such a video for BMW?

  • ed word
    ed word

    General motors had air bags in the 1970s

  • Mark Spencer
    Mark Spencer

    Matt forth and fith is incorrect as shown during the video, it should be fourth and fifth 👍 great video apart from that minor error.

  • uzzie88

    The 4th gen s-class had radar back then? Unbelievable.

  • mampe

    S-class choise by dictators

  • Aamer Habib
    Aamer Habib

    May is the best in the game

  • Aamer Habib
    Aamer Habib

    Matt what do you say

  • 500SLR129

    My fav w116 450sel 6.9 Best looking is the w126 especially the 2 door coupe SEC. And best overall the w140 600sel quad cam v12 ( Pagani adopted) In my view the Bruno Sacco designed cars are best.

  • M Muhsin
    M Muhsin

    deceptive look

  • Gorfalf

    6.nice liter V8

  • hasse

    The best car in the world!

  • rob cojuangco
    rob cojuangco

    click bait!

  • Omar 007
    Omar 007

    After W140 its been nothing but gimmicks! Bring back that body style with all the new features start it around 70k and watch the number go up! Just a redesign of tech and safety!! It'll outsell every car they sell collectively

    • Omar 007
      Omar 007

      Finish up rear end better same front end same headlights and everything! And updated interior!! I swear people who don't need a car will buy that thing

  • Julias Mirza
    Julias Mirza

    Not bad! I have samsung S20 plus.

  • Blark Dexture
    Blark Dexture

    When a S320 actually had a 3,2 l engine.

  • Max Weinbach
    Max Weinbach

    Did you intentionally skip over 1939-1945?

  • aldjona bako
    aldjona bako

    I was waiting to see the new model 😂😂😂😂

  • Ahmad Kheder
    Ahmad Kheder

    Everyone of those great cars made me smile while listening to Matt... they are iconic ruling cars

  • Alexander Steele
    Alexander Steele

    Turning the donut aka as a wheel.

  • Dhoobs

    Fith of fifth?

  • Tiago Patrício
    Tiago Patrício

    Mate, All there is to know is that MERCEDES used STOLEN technology in Class S and other models and because of that Mercedes was sentenced to pay NOKIA and SHARP and if Merdedes doesn't pay they will be barred from selling any car in Germany. THAT is all there is to know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Florian J
    Florian J

    Cmon Matt, on the sign next to you is written "Heckflosse" not "Heckenflosse" as you said it. Heckenflosse means in English Hedge fin! 😂😂 Heckflosse means tail fin

  • Marat V
    Marat V

    i dont need to know that

  • Naz Ali
    Naz Ali

    Who fast forwarded to see the new one? 🙈😂

  • Tryhard

    The W140 is the best of all. As V12 :)

  • Tigerfire75

    So no mention of the 770K wouldn't that be an ancestor of the S class?

  • isam abbas
    isam abbas

    why do u make drag race between s class from 70 and 80 and 90 and 2000 and 2020 so we can see the different between them !