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Classic Car Events & Community

Experience firsthand how Mercedes-Benz has written automotive history, time and time again.

Upcoming Events

Four judges stand together at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance car show.

Sharing the Spirit of Mercedes-Benz

From the Concours d’Elegance to local get-togethers, we strive to share our passion whenever and wherever we can. Find us at numerous events throughout the year, ready to answer your questions or just engage in some friendly car-talk. Our collection of iconic classic vehicles is also available for event displays, sponsorships, red carpet affairs, film shoots and more.

Clubs and Associations

Throughout the country, there are people just like you sharing an enthusiasm for the vehicles that have shaped automotive history. Follow the links below to learn more.

Mercedes-Benz Club of America Inc.

The MBCA is the world’s largest Mercedes-Benz enthusiast club. Visit their website to find out how they can enhance your ownership experience and provide information about preserving the appearance, performance and value of your vintage Mercedes-Benz.

Gull Wing Group International

Individuals with an interest in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing or Roadster are invited to join with over 500 fellow enthusiasts worldwide.

190 SL Group

The 190 SL Group is an organization of owners dedicated to the preservation and restoration of their favorite automobile. The club has assembled a technical restoration manual and produced several videos on the process involved.

M-100 Group

The M-100 Group is an international owners group dedicated to this iconic vehicle. They also publish a quarterly newsletter titled “Lode Star,” full of inside information about the M-100.

McPherson College

A proud partnership based on our love of the classics.

Three technicians work under the hood of a classic Mercedes-Benz vehicle.

Fostering the future of restoration.

The Mercedes-Benz Classic workshop employs several graduates of the Automotive Restoration Program at McPherson College, and our relationship can be traced back almost two decades. Supporting students through scholarship awards, facility improvements, internships and the employment of graduates, we’ve paved the way for them to pursue their educational and career dreams.

Recently, we’ve expanded this partnership as McPhers­on students restore a 1953 MB 300 S Cabriolet, with the goal of competing at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This project demonstrates the value of a bachelor’s degree in restoration, exhibiting students’ technical, historical, communication and organization skills. Learn more about McPherson’s Automotive Restoration Program.

The High Mileage Award

Is there anything better than getting rewarded for something you love to do? The Mercedes-Benz Classic High Mileage Award is presented to owners whose vehicles have logged 155,000 miles or more, as verified by an official Mercedes-Benz dealer representative.

The Koschels standing next to their 1970 280SE.

The Prize at the End of the Road

The latest Mercedes-Benz to pass the 1 million mile mark is a 1970 280SE, acquired for the Mercedes-Benz Museum Collection from its original owners, George and Luzstella Koschel of Orange County, California. The Koschels bought the car new and drove it for 1,019,000 miles.

Download an Application

The Mercedes-Benz Classic High Mileage Award is presented to owners whose vehicles have logged 155,000 miles or more.

Drivers receive a traditional Star and Laurel Badge and handsome display certificate in a formal presentation folder. Awards are presented at five vehicle mileage milestones.

Award Milestones
155,000 miles (250,000 kilometers)
310,000 miles (500,000 kilometers)
466,000 miles (750,000 kilometers)
621,000 miles (1,000,000 kilometers)
1,000,000 miles (1,610,000 kilometers)

Download your award application here, complete it, and then take your vehicle to an authorized Mercedes-Benz Dealer for odometer verification.


Mercedes-Benz first introduced the High Mileage Award in the 1960s to recognize the many Mercedes-Benz vehicles that routinely travel hundreds of thousands of miles — some even eclipsing the million-mile mark!

The current Mercedes-Benz High Mileage champ is Gregorios Sachinidis, a Greek taxi driver who holds the known record of more than 2.8 million miles in his 1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D.

Contact Us

Contact the Classic Center through any of these channels.

An exterior view of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California.

Contact Us

By Email (for general inquiries) (for parts-related inquiries)

By Phone

1-866-MB-CLASSIC (1-866-622-5277)

By Mail or In-Person

9 Whatney
Irvine, California 92618

Hours of Operation

Mon – Fri: 8 am to 4 pm PT
Sat – Sun: Closed

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