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Mercedes-Benz.  A combination of names that, for over a century, has evoked an image of luxury and prestige in the minds of people internationally; and is today, one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Few people know, however, from where this influential brand originated?  In 1926, Mercedes-Benz first began to manufacture vehicles in Germany. Before this mass production began, the engineering team of Karl Benz, inventor of the gasoline powered automobile, and Wilhelm Maybach, along with his mentor Gottlieb Daimler, originators of high-speed internal combustion engines suitable for land, water, and air use, came together to create what is now the foundation for every automotive engine ever built. 

That's right:  Mercedes-Benz invented the automobile!

In 1902, Emil Jellinek invested his interest and funds in the production of the team's first "modern car," which they named after his daughter, Mercedes Jellinek, at his request.   In 2011, Mercedes-Benz will celebrate 125 years of automotive innovation. As the oldest car manufacturer in the world, what drives Mercedes-Benz as a proven innovator and leader in automotive design and manufacturing is "The Best Or Nothing."

Within the manufacturing process, every Mercedes-Benz vehicle is welded in over 10,000 places promising maximum safety and beautiful appearance, upholding the company's high standards for its vehicles.  Mercedes-Benz engineers created the "Safety Cage" or "Safety Cell" in 1951, which is considered in the industry as the most important innovation in automobile construction for passenger safety.  In 1978, Mercedes-Benz set the safety standard even higher with the introduction of Anti-Lock Brakes, which assist in helping cars avoid skidding on the road, and are standard on virtually every vehicle, and every brand, in the United States today.  Coupled with safety, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren vehicle is the fastest automatic-speed transmission, street legal or "production", passenger car in the world.  So, if you are looking for the best in innovation, safety and engineering look no further than Mercedes-Benz. 

Atlanta Classic Cars is proud to honor the distinct Mercedes-Benz heritage. Conveniently located in Duluth, GA, Atlanta Classic Cars is a full-service authorized Mercedes-Benz dealership that has successfully served Atlantans for more than 35 years.  We proudly offer an impressive selection of new and pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles, a state-of-the-art service center, parts department and professional detail department. Exclusive in Atlanta, our on-site collision center provides one more additional benefit for Mercedes-Benz drivers - no matter your requests, you can trust your vehicle needs in the hands of our professionals.

Owned and operated by the Ellis family for more than 35 years, the dealership represents a successful family managed operation since its founder and original dealer principle, John Ellis IV, recognized Atlanta as a growing automotive market.  For the past 22 years, his daughter Cathy Ellis, who was intrigued by the business at an early age, gained valuable insights into the business and inherited a passion for customer service as well as the dealership itself.  Under her leadership, Atlanta Classic Cars has grown to become one of the largest Mercedes-Benz retailers in the United States and among the largest woman-owned dealerships in the country.  Continuing the tradition for a third generation, Cathy's daughter, Johanna Ellis, recently joined the Atlanta Classic Cars team.  As the industry constantly evolves, Johanna is honored to celebrating the family's enthusiasm for the automobile with her expertise in luxury and amenities in consumer services.  

Atlanta Classic Cars' $25 million facility, labeled "The Disneyworld of Dealerships" upon its Grand Opening in Gwinnett County, was built after outgrowing its original Decatur home.  Four years of planning, consumer research and customer demands shaped the design for Atlanta Classic Cars' current location, which opened on July 21, 2003.

We take pride in employing Mercedes-Benz certified and trained professionals, dedicated to delivering the ultimate car buying experience with exceptional customer service, in all departments of the dealership.  Our Service Department staff alone, have the distinction of working with Mercedes-Benz for 890 combined years of experience!   We are honored to be an award winning dealership and acknowledged not only by our loyal customers, but by earning the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Consumers' Choice Award for Business Excellence and being voted the "Best Place to Buy a Car" and "Best Auto Mechanic" for 2008 and 2009 by the readers of Gwinnett Magazine.

We invite you to discover the quality of Mercedes-Benz and the experience the Atlanta Classic Cars difference.   Like no other car.  Like no other dealership.   We look forward to exceeding your expectations.