Touted by Road & Track as “The greatest sedan in the world,” the 1972 Mercedes 300 was the first car from the German automaker to feature an eight-cylinder engine in a small frame. This proved to be very successful for American car buyers of the time, who lusted for engine power and sedan comfort and were willing to pay for it. In the period just before CAFE began and right when the OPEC oil crisis was beginning, big, luxurious, powerful cars were America’s love affair. Timed just right and built perfectly, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL rolled onto American shores to open arms.
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