MERCEDES-BENZ 300SEL 6.3
A hot-rod in respectable clothes, the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL packed 6.3 litres of iron-block V8 muscle and proved more than a match for Italian exotica despite its monstrous 3838lb bulk, when unleashed in 1968. For all its sombre, uninspired styling, this was a roadburner par excellence. Road & Track went as far as to call it 'merely the greatest sedan in the world.' The brainchild of the Stuttgart firm's maverick engineer and motor sport junkie Erich Waxenberger; this superb Q-car cost more than twice the price of a Jaguar XJ12, but came fully loaded with acres of leather, air conditioning, electric goodies and a walnut slab for a dashboard. It was exclusive too: just 6526 were made during its five-year production run.