Interesting. I recall when I was a teenager in the mid-60s we had a 220S
(or SE?)... (My late Dad had a very senior job for a German company outside
Europe. BTW we also had a large crate of spares shipped from Germany as
they were not available locally. Now some Mercs are assembled in that
Even from later times I only remember speaking about "an S", but it is too
long ago to remember details, and you (Jens) did say that "S Klasse" as an
expression was adopted in the early 70s.
Was it used in advertising?
I supposed the S in front was adopted at the same time when E, the suffix,
for Einspritz/injection became E, the prefix, for E Class, a completely
random designation but an elegant way of retaining the E, when the ubiquity
of direct injection rendered the description redundant. BMW similarly
droppped the "i" suffix.
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