The idea of special protection first arose in 1928 at Daimler and developed from sketches through to a formal design, then produced with precision by hand. The first special-protection saloon came into being. As a pioneer amongst automotive manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz Guard was able to certify the vehicle's safety.
Eight decades of meticulous materials testing and systematic development followed, with Mercedes-Benz enjoying a unique position in special protection for decades. Legendary vehicles such as the Mercedes Nürburg influenced the safety standards and design of entire generations of state limousines.
Around 50 years ago an intensive collaboration began between the German authorities and Mercedes-Benz, which contributed significantly to developing new technical approaches. As the only German car manufacturer at the time who could build armoured vehicles ex factory, Mercedes-Benz Saloons were held in high esteem by many governments all over the world, as indeed they are today.