Even in the early stages of the company’s Mercedes gebrauchtwagen took on the production in the higher price. Mercedes was in pre-war times to compete with luxury brands like Jaguar or Bugatti. At the mass motorisation in Germany in the postwar period, the company had little interest. Mercedes-established, however, as the leading brand for luxury class vehicles, and also dominated in many countries the market for taxis and commercial vehicles.
Legendary models of the postwar era, the Mercedes was 600, a large sedan, which was also known as “Adenauer Mercedes gebrauchtwagen”, or the elegant and sporty convertible Mercedes 300 SEL. Mercedes has always been considered a guarantor of high quality cars that were in demand because of their high durability, not only as new cars, but also as a used car lot. The 190s, which was introduced in late 1982, marked a new beginning in the strategy of the company. Henceforth, the offer has been extended downwards, not to everyone’s delight.