The real story of the CL-Class and its direct predecessors goes back to the 1950s. For completeness’ sake, the list is headed by a car which, as a special version of the representational 300 Saloon, did not belong to this group of CL-Class forbears in the narrowest sense.

Nevertheless, the 300 S Coupé and 300 Sc Coupé are worthy of mention here since they made the same claim to style and exclusivity as the later CL-Class. Similarly, the SLC Coupés from the C 107 series have a place in this family history of the current CL-Class, even though these models, built from 1971 to 1981, were based on the SL touring sports car of the R 107 series.

What unites all these coupés, in addition to their styling, is the fact that they always have the latest automotive engineering on board and are thus ahead of other cars. Because many technical innovations often make their debut both in S-Class Saloons and Coupés before being widely used in other models.

300 S Coupé, 300 Sc Coupé
(W 188 series, 1952 to 1958)

220 Coupé
(W 187 series, 1953 to 1955)

220 S Coupé, 220 SE Coupé
(W 180 series / W 128 series, 1956 to 1960)

220 SEb Coupé, 250 SE Coupé, 300 SE Coupé, 280 SE Coupé, 280 SE 3.5 Coupé (W 111 series / W 112 series, 1961 to 1971)

280 SLC, 350 SLC, 450 SLC, 450 SLC 5.0, 380 SLC, 500 SLC
(C 107 series, 1971 to 1981)

380 SEC, 500 SEC, 420 SEC, 560 SEC
(C 126 series, 1981 to 1991)

500 SEC / S 500 Coupé / CL 500, 600 SEC / S 600 Coupé / CL 600,
S 420 Coupé / CL 420
(C 140 series, 1992 to 1998)

CL 500, CL 600, CL 55 AMG, CL 63 AMG, CL 65 AMG
(C 215 series, 1999 to 2006)

CL 500, CL 600, CL 63 AMG, CL 65 AMG, CL 500 4MATIC
(C 216 series, from 2006)

Source: Daimler AG