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.

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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.

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1905 Daimler Manufacturing Company “American Mercedes”
1912 Mercedes 37/95 Sport Phaeton
1926 Mercedes 630 Roadster

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1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A
1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL
2018 Mercedes-Maybach S650

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Daimler Motorized Carriage
Daimler Motorcycle
Benz Patent Motorwagen

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Design Studies
Panorama of the Progress Alcove
Mercedes-Benz Concept Tokyo, a study in electric propulsion and autonomy.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class safety test car
smart fortwo electric drive
The smart’s steel structural cage.

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG used by the Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy
A showcase of AMG’s engine-building workshop.
Mercedes-AMG C43

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Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG DTM
The acid green AMG GTR was the final stop on the tour, a fitting end.

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