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A Trip to Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

The HQ for Mercedes-Benz US International has been operating in a small town just a little west of me for just over 20 years now. They opened in order to manufacture the original M-Class back in the mid-90s, and originally, their in-house “museum” reflected that. There was a time when the most interesting thing in the museum was a screen-used Mercedes-Benz ML320 from The Lost World: Jurassic Park. But that has all changed.

Recently, MBUSI’s facility was renovated, and the museum was transformed from focusing on the vehicles built in Alabama to Mercedes-Benz as a whole. I had been meaning to make a visit, but hadn’t gotten the chance...up until last Friday, that is. I was thoroughly impressed.

The historical hall, showcasing the history of Mercedes-Benz through various models from 1905-2018.
Panorama of the entire facility.
This towering tri-star rotates constantly, it recently went under repairs and was operating beautifully.
The range of historical models showcased, I believe they are on loan from collectors around the world.
This CLS-Class clay design model could be seen in the “Design Alcove,” showcasing the Mercedes design process, as well as Designo bespoke packages.
1905 Daimler Manufacturing Company “American Mercedes”
1912 Mercedes 37/95 Sport Phaeton
1926 Mercedes 630 Roadster
1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A
1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL
2018 Mercedes-Maybach S650
Daimler Motorized Carriage
Daimler Motorcycle
Benz Patent Motorwagen
Design Studies
Panorama of the Progress Alcove
Mercedes-Benz Concept Tokyo, a study in electric propulsion and autonomy.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class safety test car
smart fortwo electric drive
The smart’s steel structural cage.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG used by the Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy
A showcase of AMG’s engine-building workshop.
Mercedes-AMG C43
Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG DTM
The acid green AMG GTR was the final stop on the tour, a fitting end.

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