If someone told me to go out and buy the most reliable car I could get, I wouldn't go for a Camry or a Civic, I'd get a classic Mercedes-Benz.
When people talk about German build quality, this is what they're talking about.
The car featured in this beautiful film from Petrolicious is a 1972 280/8, which came equipped with the venerable M110 2.8 L inline six. The owner restored the car to its beautiful condition, but he claims that most of the key components are original, and work flawlessly 43 years later. A testament to it's fundamentally excellent design.
I'm never usually one to say "they don't make them like they used to" but I'll make a rare exception in this case. These cars were designed and made to the highest standard.
Top Photo Credit: Petrolicious