This SL Arguably the most famous Benz Nameplate. There is no doubt that it is the longest life.although S class and Class E It can be traced back to their roots. The car they drew was not named S or E. SL has always been SL, Exercise easy (Lightweight sports) In the argument, even in name, because the American Mercedes importer Max Hoffman recommended the brand to produce a consumer version of its aggressive gull-wing door Grand prize Racing, as early as 1954.Its design is also in line with Porsche 911 (But like Chevrolet Corvette), with the development of the times, it will always be knew And it can be called a model at the time.
and Seventh generation SL Ready to expose yourself later this year, Mercedes Seized the recently offered opportunity Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance To showcase this extensive model history, five pristine vintage SLs were selected from its traditional collection, which is usually located in the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Southern California.Because another reporter is taking time to explore Monterrey Peninsula ran far beyond his assigned position in W113 (1963-1971), and I only had the opportunity to drive four of them. I know, poor me. But this is still enough to prove why SL has survived and prospered for seven years.
SL 55 AMG (R230, 2001-2011): I started from what might be the lowest point of the SL lineup, and the Mercedes brand in Aughties, this 2003 SL 55 AMG Its supercharged 5.5-liter V8 engine can output nearly 500 horsepower. However, in that era, the interior configuration of this low-mileage, red-to-red sports car was a bit old and disappointing. Although its design is more cohesive than the SL that is about to be replaced, it doesn’t say much. After all, it is the only SL that has received a major mid-cycle redesign—not that it improves something. Nevertheless, its driving style has some ups and downs and directness. I’m glad I don’t have to try to decipher the sticky plastic buttons scattered inside.
SL 500 (R129, 1989-2001): What is different in a year. This 2001 SL 500 is a well-preserved executive car. The mileage on the odometer is only more than 5,000 miles, and every beat feels like cream. Equipped with a rare “Silver Arrow Edition”, classic German racing silver paint and stupidly era-correct BBS wheels, this is the pinnacle and farewell version of this generation of SL, which aptly evokes the tradition of nameplates. Its 5.0-liter V8 engine has a power of just over 300 horsepower. It is not a tire whistle, especially because it uses the non-whip old Mercedes to start in second gear.But if you knock down the notch shifter 1 And work through gears, and it will react. Simulated and handsome, it represents the era when Mercedes engineers compete to create the best solution. Regardless of the cost, it feels as solid as a vaulting horse at 20 and 50.
380 SL (R107, 1971-1989): In the 1980s, Mercedes decided that what its American buyers needed was a 3.8-liter V8 that blocked emissions. The output of this engine is only 155 horsepower, which is less horsepower than any other SL we drove. But somehow, this didn’t bother me. This generation of SL has all the relevant signs of a truly classic cream puff, including a steering wheel with a diameter close to a manhole cover, and a steering box that magically eliminates any road feeling.Drive it recall Test drive experience Buick Reatta, incredibly light and airy, although its construction is obviously much awkward than anything Lansing produces. I am not in a hurry to drive, and neither should you. The eternal symbol of prudent wealth, buy one before you can’t afford it, and you will always be guaranteed that there is a valet parking space in front of each lot.
300 SL Roadster (W198): I save the best for last. Although removing the roof from the Gullwing eliminated the bird flapping by the same name, it did not reduce the pure alien abnormality of the car. In 1957, this convertible was equipped with a direct-injection four-stroke engine derived from racing cars, which was the first production car.Its in-line six-cylinder engine produces 215 horsepower, and, with the only manual transmission of any SL we drive, I can take advantage of every pony on the remote road Pebble Beach. Cars like this will actually race on the track in the middle of this century. Pushing this $1.3 million convertible sports car through its four notches like a ball-head gear shifter is as enjoyable and rewarding as any driving experience I have, a blue-chip car begging to be abused The magical experience. Turning the unassisted ivory-rimmed steering wheel provides a decent upper body workout. Touching any piece of switchgear—knurled and bulky like anything invented by Dr. Frankenstein—will make you feel connected to the metal-mining earth. It is not a screamer, but it rewards practice and hard driving in a way beyond satisfaction. I hope that the new SL can have one-tenth of its inherent and incredible charm, as well as its pure sense of wonder.