Modern Classics

1980's & 1990’s

Mercedes-Benz cars from the 1980’s and 90’s, referred to as Modern Classics, continue to grow in popularity. At John Haynes Mercedes, we’re delighted to welcome a new generation of enthusiasts and collectors ‘of a certain age’ who are now in the happy position of being able to own the cars they could once only aspire to.  

We’re proud that almost half our staff have been with us since the early 1990’s. Through their unique experience and skills, plus our complete inventory of original Mercedes-Benz period tooling, equipment and literature, we can work on any of the great Mercedes-Benz models from these two defining eras.

Mercedes-Benz SL60 and SL420


The 1990’s put its own stamp firmly on the history of Mercedes-Benz. The new decade saw the first AMG models hit the road; overall, Mercedes-Benz cars started to become far more advanced in terms of electrics and specification. This technical progress is immediately apparent if you compare the R107 of the 1980’s to its successor, the R129, or the W126 to the W140. One thing remained the same, however: where Mercedes-Benz led, others followed – just as they do today.


The 1980’s saw Mercedes-Benz produce some exceptionally well-built models, including the W201, W123, W124 and W126. It also brought us the ever-popular facelift R107, a model whose looks are coming to define the 1980’s more and more as the years go by. These now-legendary models had both style and substance. Though perhaps less extravagant and excessive than some cars of the 1980’s, this was deliberate: enthusiasts agree this was a period in which Mercedes-Benz truly got it right.