Mercedes-Benz holds a special place in the history of motordom. Featured alongside the Malaysian launch of the W213 E-Class yesterday was a showcase of six classic Mercedes cars. The heritage display included some vehicles from the Sultan of Johor’s collection, one of which was a 540 K Special Roadster from 1939.

The highlight of the entire display, it’s apparently the first public appearance for the particular 540 K SR, which is a very special car. Only 25 examples were built, and this one is believed to be the only known right-hand-drive version.

Also on show was a 1955 190 SL, a striking two-door luxury roadster that was seen as a more affordable alternative to the 300 SL back in the day. Open-tops dominated proceedings – there was also a two-door 1956 220 S Ponton Cabriolet and a four-door, four-seater 1937 320 Cabriolet D to be seen.

Rounding off the showcase was a 1972 280 E 3.5 Coupe, a limited-edition, hand-built vehicle based on a W111 unibody chassis, and a 1963 280 SL. The Pagoda needs no introduction to fans of classic cars, and the particular W113 two-seater is a fine example of the type.