The high-end was offered since 1924 by the models 24/100/140 and 15/70/100. A sports variant 24/110/160 was introduced in 1926. This denomination which may now seem odd indicates successively the fiscal power and the real power in hp without and with compression.
Pushed by the prestige of the competitions, the power is gradually increased. The new Mercedes-Benz company introduces the Typ S (Sportwagen) in 1927 and the Typ SSK (Super Sport Kurz) for competition in 1928. The Typ S is usually equipped with the huge 6.8-liter engine.
In terms of bodywork the Sindelfingen factory offers the high-end but the customer may also buy the chassis and have the body realized by a craftsman.
A Typ S 26/120/180 of 1927 by Sindelfingen was sold for $ 5M including premium by Gooding in August 2011. A car of same power coachworked as a torpedo roadster by Saoutchik was sold for $ 8.3M including premium by RM Auctions on 17 August 2013.
On January 19 in Scottsdale, Bonhams sells a Mercedes-Benz Typ S 26/120/180 made in 1928 still fitted with its original engine. It was coachworked as a sports tourer in Berlin by Erdmann and Rossi. It is estimated $ 5M, lot 54.
SOLD for $ 4.8M including premium