Brief history on ‘Guard’ vehicles by Mercedes-Benz
Globally, Mercedes-Benz has the distinct stature of having an iconic history of building special protection vehicles for emperors, head of states, politicians, VIPs etc. for over 85 years. In 1928, the Nürburg 460 model was introduced, when Daimler-Benz became the first company in the world to begin factory-fitting saloons with special protective features
to shield the occupants from gunshots and explosives. This was when Emperor Hirohito of Japan personally selected an armoured "Grand Mercedes" as his official car. Today after several decades, Mercedes-Benz continues its endeavour of manufacturing the safest and most luxurious protection vehicles for distinguished patrons across the world.
Politicians and heads of state across the world entrusts their safety and security to Mercedes-Benz special-protection vehicles. From 1965 onwards Mercedes-Benz offered numerous models with special protection. In addition to the legendary Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon and Pullman Saloon models, in the 1970s and 1980s the range included the 280 SEL 3.5 and V8 S-Class models, the 350 SE/SEL and 450 SE/SEL as well as the 380 SE/SEL to 560 SEL. Since 1979 Mercedes-Benz has also been building G-Class models with protective systems.