The story behind Mercedes
Mercedes-Benz stands for vehicles of high quality and tradition. In 1885, Carl Benz, who gave the car its name, developed the first automobile with electric ignition and a four-stroke engine, thus laying the foundation for a revolution in locomotion. However, it took quite a while from the first drive of the Benz Patent Motor Car Number 1 to the emergence of Mercedes Benz, as this brand only became a reality after the merger with Gottlieb Daimler's rival company.
The cars from this period were, by their very nature, all convertibles, which is why one can certainly claim to be closer to the history of the automobile behind the wheel of a convertible than under a fixed hardtop. After the company had developed and sold a wide variety of vehicle types, in the early 1950s, the focus returned to convertibles and roadsters.
The Mercedes W128 was revealed to the world in 1956
In the mid-fifties, the first exclusive Mercedes W128s rolled along the roads. The body has a pontoon shape, which is also synonymous to the W128. Technically, there are numerous Mercedes cars with a pontoon shape, but it is generally agreed that 'pontoon' refers exclusively to the Mercedes W128. Instead of attached fenders or running boards, this model features flowing shapes and sophisticated technology. The W128 Cabriolets from 1956 onwards could already boast 100 hp and from 1959 onwards they were even produced with up to 120 horsepower.
The roof is made in the high-quality Sonnenland fabric and is available not only in black but also in various special colors such as dark beige or red. With the roof, it is important to note that imitation leather is sewn around the rear window, and this should be color-coordinated with the interior headliner. In addition to the convertible roof, the headliner, upholstery cloth, front bumper, main bumper, B-pillar timber strips, nail strip and wind deflector are also available for this vehicle.
In the 1950s, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL also came onto the market
At about the same time as the W128, another Mercedes was on the road, which achieved absolute cult status within a very short time. The Mercedes-Benz 190SL or Type W121 - a roadster that could hardly be more elegant. The contemporary opinion of this car was also highly positive - only the engine performance was criticized in part, which also came from the comparison with the "big brother" 300SL.
In addition to the soft top and the dust cover, numerous additional items are also available for fitting on this Mercedes-Benz SL: Cover fabric for bows, front bows and main bows, nailing strip and seals such as the front bows seal, which ensures that no water can seep through between the wind shield and the roof rod assembly.
A four-seater with a special rear concept - Mercedes W111
Between 1961-1971 was the era of the "big tail fin", as the Mercedes W111 was called by enthusiasts due to its rear concept. Unlike the 190SL or the W113, this Mercedes-Benz was not a roadster, but a four-seater with comparatively expansive proportions. With or without a roof, this vehicle has a captivating elegance due to its harmonious lines, which can also compete with today's representatives of its kind. Even though this car has an elegant, quiet aura, the V8-engined version easily manages 200 km/h. Since the W111 consists of a great many handmade elements, plenty of additional items are also needed for assembly. These are also available from EUROTOP, along with the roof, interior headliner and dust cover.
The Mercedes-Benz W113 Cabriolet has graced the streets since 1963
The car was built until 1970 and was also called the 'Pagoda' because of the distinctive shape of the roof. Technically based on the W111 predecessor, from which, among other things, the wheel suspension and the basis of the engine originate, the Pagoda has its own unique charm. The 230SL and 250SL versions already had 150 hp, and from 1967 the 280SL even reached 170 hp. So it was also clear from the start that, despite the timeless look of this car, the sportiness was never lost. EUROTOP offers numerous additional items for the roof, such as seals, tensioning cables, bows or wind deflectors, but you will search in vain for the headliner, as there is no roof interior headliner for the Pagoda convertible. Due to the missing headliner, it is even more important that the inside of the roof is also chosen in the color beige, as only beige was original on the inside. An important factor, because the coveted 'H registration plate' can be used only if the convertible is as close as possible to the original in its components.
The Pagoda Successor - Mercedes R107
Production of the legendary W113 Pagoda came to an end in early 1971. But even though this marked the end of an era, 1971 was still a joyous year for Mercedes-Benz convertible fans. As the successor to the Pagoda, the Mercedes R107, made its way off the production lines and onto the roads of the world. The R107, built until 1989, offered numerous engine options so that the buyer could be offered a tailor-made version with accompanying roof. The R107 roof itself differs from its predecessor in several ways - the most obvious change, however, is the three-window roof design, which gives the driver a better view out of the rear. Another characteristic feature at the rear of the R107 is the tensioning cable that runs directly along the center of the window at the rear. As with the W113, the R107 does not have an interior roof headliner, so care should be taken to produce the interior of the roof in the color beige, as this was the only original color scheme.
The R107 was followed by the R129
Directly following the end of production of the R107, the Mercedes R129 went into series production in 1989. Apart from the fact that the Mercedes R129 is not really super light, it lives up to its genre. Connoisseurs agree on this convertible: the R129 is the perfect blend of pure roadster feeling, quality and technical finesse. The technical innovations include, for example, the electrically adjustable seats, ABS and, particularly exciting: the roll-over bar fitted as standard, which is extended in a fraction of a second in the event of a rollover to protect the driver and front passenger. The Mercedes R129 started with three engines (300 SL, 300 SL-24 & 500 SL), which produced between 190 hp and 326 hp, so that this type never had a problem getting off the mark.
The convertible roof itself is just as refined as the car. You have to look very carefully at the tensioning ropes alone, otherwise you might pick the wrong version. For example, the side cables above the side windows for model years 1989-08/1998 have a thread, whereas the cables for model years 09/1995-2001 have a spring. A detailed explanation of the tensioning cables can be found on the category page of the R129. As with its predecessor, the R107, the R129 roof also has three windows, but it also has an inner headliner, which is why the inside of the roof does not necessarily have to be beige to be true to an original.
From the Mercedes W124 to the convertible A124
Barely 7 years after the Mercedes W124 was introduced, the car was also available as a convertible and carried the designation A124. This somewhat longer production period is not surprising, since numerous parts of the coupe had to be reworked for the construction in order to achieve suitable torsional rigidity. The long development time was worth it, however, because the A124 is a rock-solid convertible. After a long break, Mercedes finally had an open-top four-seater in its range again.
However, the long waiting period also had the advantage that some conveniences were standard on the convertible right from the start, which had not yet been the case with the preceding sedans and coupes (e.g. five-speed gearbox and central locking system). In addition to the roof, which you can purchase in black or numerous special colors, there are also roof headliners, terminal strips, rear window seals and wind deflectors available for the Mercedes A124.
The dawn of a new era - Mercedes produced the first convertible of the G models in 1979
A convertible of a completely different caliber is the convertible version of the G model, which has been rolling over roads and open road since 1979. When translated, the G stands for countryside, and even though the car is easy to maneuver through the urban jungle, it really shines on the open road.
Since its birth in 1979, numerous variants of the popular vehicle have been produced to meet a wide range of requirements. It is therefore not surprising that the G-model in its first versions (W460, W461, W462) enjoyed enormous popularity, which ultimately led to the creation of the W463 series after the end of production in 1997.
The W463 is still being produced today, offers a more luxurious interior than its predecessors and the roof was also redesigned, which is why EUROTOP also offers a completely separate roof for it. In addition to the color black, the convertible roof is also available in numerous special colors.
Material & accessories for our roofs
The soft top produced by EUROTOP are made exclusively in the high-quality Sonnenland fabric and are available in various special colors in addition to the standard color black.
In addition to the roofs, you can also order dust covers, wind deflectors, roof headliners and tensioning cables, among other things, so that your new roof is also fully equipped.