With roots tracing back to 1886, Mercedes-Benz is the oldest living car company. That long history includes tons of automotive firsts, including the airbag, anti-lock braking system (ABS), and direct fuel injection. But those innovations would be a footnote if Mercedes-Benz didn’t sell enough cars to stay in business. (Rest in peace, Saab.) Both its strong heritage and current position as the largest luxury automaker in the world are owed in part to a past of speckled with noteworthy vehicles—the kind that denoted high status, were ahead of the times, dripped in beauty, were imbued with an unquantifiable specialness, or, in many cases, all of the above.