Mercedes SL. A future classic?

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-04:48
Ok, let's put the stars of the category such as the SL 300 Gull Wings, the SL 190, and the SL Pagoda, to focus on what I think to become a future classic, the SL models from the late 80's to nowadays. 

The current SL is very nice looking, but too recent to be a bargain.

The current one: 

Here are the bargains:

A SL from 1993: 

Another from 1998 ( SL 70 AMG ), credit picture: Sothebys. 

And the generation which came just after: 

In fact I am hesitating between a model from the 90's and the one from the early 2000's. 

The character is incredible, the engines are very good, with a 8 Cylinder ( 500 ) or 6 Cylinder ( 300 / 320 for the versions from the 80's / 90's, 350 for the version from the early 2000's ). 

And the pleasure / price ratio is excellent. 

Without forgetting that I am seriously thinking they are becoming pure classics. 

What do you think? 



Nice topic...

 By: @lberti : July 1st, 2019-04:50
I think the SL70, yes. The others not so sure. Did u know there is also a sl73 amg?

No, I didn't know, but it doesn't seem unreal. It must be a monster! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-04:55
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I had the chance to drive one from a SWISSAIR pilot...

 By: @lberti : July 1st, 2019-04:56
I was told there were 25 cars made...
A real monster...

I can easily imagine that. A good 63 AMG would be more than enough for me. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-05:01
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A definitive future classic for me: the 500e

 By: @lberti : July 1st, 2019-04:55
... built in collaboration with Porsche !
Widebody, in Black! What a beast.

Aaaah, this one... Yes. The only issue is that I am not a 4 doors car guy. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-05:01
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 By: @lberti : July 1st, 2019-06:49
I actually dont minf 4doors, when the package makes sense. Its a crazy car.

And very discrete for what it is! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-07:25
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 By: @lberti : July 1st, 2019-07:50
Its my favourite "Panzer"

:))) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-07:51
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Try a W210 E55 or a W211 E55K

 By: patrick_y : July 1st, 2019-09:08
Those will become your new favorite "Panzer" vehicles! The W210 E55 is truly amazing. Last vehicle to be built at the AMG plant! And has that special solidity. Find one from a moderate climate that was often garaged. The W210 chassis can rust.

I will definitelly do...

 By: @lberti : July 1st, 2019-10:02

a classic beast [nt]

 By: Gelato Monster : July 1st, 2019-07:51
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The more powerful taxi I know. :) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-07:54
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1989 was the year

 By: VinnieD : July 1st, 2019-05:18

For me, a very early 500SL from 1989-1990 in silver with the tartan interior.

An alternative would be a very late 600SL with the full bells and whistles, including the glass roof, in all black.

It looks like the value of the clean examples is raising slowly.

Yes, I think it is time to go for one. At this price, it is only pleasure. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-05:23
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Jacky Ickx

 By: VinnieD : July 1st, 2019-05:33
Jacky had one of the very first ones in Belgium in 1989 (500sl black) and he drove it to drop his daughter at my school when I was 11 years old. It made quite an impression on me.

I didn't know that! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-07:17
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I got in to Mercedes in the early ‘90s and the SL line was always the line I liked .

 By: ZSHSZ : July 1st, 2019-05:28
Out of the models in question , .I’ll go for the 2000’s edition.

Yes, the line, especially the front, is more sensual. But those from the 80's / 90's are true characters, too... Tough decision. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-05:31
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Mmm difficult is in current times to predict what will happen, so why not the same approach as with watches?

 By: dedestexhes : July 1st, 2019-05:59
choose what you like, enjoy and if it increases in value it is a bonus?


I didn't say it well, I meant Classic as a time capsule, something which ages very well. Not value to come. I don't really care about that. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-07:17
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tough decision.....

 By: SALMANQ8 : July 1st, 2019-06:03
both are great but would go with the R230 early 2000s SL gets my vote for the electric hard roof. 2 cars in 1. 

As a Mercedes owner I do have to say maintenance isn't cheap on these cars and shocks and suspension (ABC and the problematic Airmatic) is a pain to maintain. Quality of interior switches went down in the 2000s compared to the over engineered cars of the 80s and early 90s. Alot of plastic in the lower option models. 

A good alternative is a Porsche 996 Cabriolet with a manual gearbox from 98/99, the earlier the better with little to no options. Very fun and rewarding car for the price.


Aaaah, here we are... I heard a lot of bad things about the suspension. What do I have to avoid? Thanks, S! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-07:16
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In short change the suspension to coil-over shocks (Koni or Bilstein) and remove the ABC and Airmatic [nt]

 By: SALMANQ8 : July 1st, 2019-08:57
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That's possible to do that??? [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-09:11
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Yes, here is the process......

 By: SALMANQ8 : July 1st, 2019-09:19
Many videos on it


Ok, cool! Anyone can do that? Even a Mercedes Dealer?

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-09:26
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A Mercedes or Suspension Specialist

 By: SALMANQ8 : July 1st, 2019-10:50
Dealer won't do it
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