Top five Mercedes-Benz company cars for Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
You may have heard a young British chap called Lewis Hamilton has decided to leave his beloved McLaren Formula One team next season, and race for the AMG Mercedes Petronas F1 team instead.

Hamilton's arrival has pushed a rather old gentleman called Michael Schumacher out of the team.
Mr. Schumacher has announced he's toddling off into retirement – for the second time – and has wished his British replacement the very best of luck. Probably.

To mark this rather momentous event, we thought we'd take a look at the cars Mr. Hamilton may well like to have as a company car next season.

Truth be told, he's probably not going to listen to what we say, but it's our chance to chat about some lovely Mercedes-Benzes anyway.

Five Mercedes-Benzes for Lewis Hamilton
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Top five Mercedes-Benz company cars for Lewis Hamilton

Price: circa £165,000
Mr. Hamilton must have an SLS AMG on his list. Whether coupe or roadster, the SLS is a fine car indeed, and the good news for the British chap is that there's a new model called the GT. This has 583bhp and can crack 60mph in 3.5 seconds. There's one problem though – it's basically the F1 safety car…

Price: £123,115
Amazingly the G-Wagon is still soldiering on in the Mercedes line-up, despite it nearly being of pensionable age. Revised for 2012, the G 63 AMG model packs a 537bhp 5.5-litre V8 under its bonnet, and costs a frightening £123,000! But that's peanuts to Mr. Lewis, though.

Price: £2.5m-3.2m
Should Lewis require a Merc which has unrivalled pedigree, he could do no better than a 1955 300 SL. If he did choose one, he'd have what must be one of the world's finest cars. In fact, there's one up for auction later this month in London. Estimate? Between £2.5m and £3.2m. It's an investment, Lewis – trust us.

Price: From £3,995
Who knows – we could be entirely wrong about Mr. Hamilton. He may not want his new Mercedes to be anything flash. He may, for instance, just want something to travel around incognito in. Why not a previous generation A-Class? We'd opt for a nice A170 Classic SE which can be picked up for around £4,000 if you know where to look. Having said that, Lewis could get a cracking deal on a brand new run-out A-Class. Mercedes are sure to be flogging these of cheap to make way for the new A-Class. Ask the question, Lewis…

Price: priceless
To really understand the history of Mercedes in Formula One, Lewis should not stick to reading history books, but order one of Mercedes' first-ever F1 cars for his company motor. The Three-Pointed Star started in F1 in 1954 winning that year's championship and won in '55 too - on both occasions thanks to the great Juan Manuel Fangio. Mercedes has only won one GP since 1955 – the Chinese GP of 2012. Good luck Lewis! 
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