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Trevor Collett | Oct, 24 2014 | 1 Comment

The doors to Melbourne's Motorclassica were thrown open to the press and guests last night, and sitting in pride of place, Mercedes Benz' fabulous new S-Class S 63 Coupe.

Along with that new special, Mercedes-Benz has also delivered on its ‘surprise’ for the event, unveiling a new SL-Class to celebrate the roadster’s 60th birthday.

It sat alongside a super-rare Australia-based 1957 SL 220 prototype, just one of four ever built and, to the knowledge of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the only remaining example.

Three of the four SL 220s were left-hand-drive, this Australia-based car - now in the hands of a South Australian collector (and new car dealer) - the only right-hand-drive model.

The SL-Class kicked off for Benz at the 1954 International Motor Sports Show in New York, which saw the arrival of both the 300 SL and the 190 SL.

But for Mercedes customers who like the two-door look but prefer their roof to be fixed in place, the German carmaker has also brought its 2015 S 63 AMG to Motorclassica.

Its sublime coachwork certain to mark it as modern classic, this stunning car is surrounded at Motorclassica by some of the most beautiful cars of all time: Delages, beautiful Gatsby-era Cords, Maseratis and simply dozens of the most stunning classics ever to assemble under one roof in Melbourne. (Check out our gallery for just a few.)

As for the S 63 Coupe, this will be the first 2015 model S-Class Coupe to become available to Australian and New Zealand customers, and is previewed at the event ahead of its local launch next year.

“Motorclassica again hosts the premiere of one of our new vehicles - the beautiful S-Class Coupe” CEO of Mercedes-Benz Australia, Horst Von Sanden, said.

Power comes from AMG’s BlueDIRECT 5.5 litre V8 bi-turbo engine making 430kW and 900Nm, and while a local fuel consumption figure has yet to be revealed, Mercedes says it’s “remarkably low”.

The 2014 Motorclassica is on at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton from October 24-26.

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