The last Mercedes built to a standard. Don't get me wrong- Mercedes makes nice cars, and a few great cars, but for the most part- there always needs to be an eye to the competition with cost in mind. This car is the successor to my 560SL, built from 1990 to 2001. The SL was built to be the absolute best car it could be- then priced accordingly. There really wasn't a competitor- so they could do that. This was also the last Mercedes before Chrysler got involved between '98 and '07- and quality took a sharp turn sideways. Things are better now. This car feels as solid as it did 22 years ago, and its performance is still on par with some of today's best cars. Although it is a convertible, we have kept it fitted with its hardtop. The collector market is beginning to reflect the rising popularity of R129 (car people speak for the chassis) and nice examples like this one are going up. Which brings me to a question I do often get asked... "Why all the cars?" My answers range from- "I'm not too bright,"or "I'm sacrificing my children's future", or I'm making up for certain other deficiencies." While the daily drivers and a couple other newer cars will depreciate like everything else- most are part of a portfolio. As long as that portfolio value is growing at a rate better than a comparable conservative investment strategy- well, then I get to have more fun than staring at a mutual fund report. It's also a little less volatile.
- 302 HP
- 5.0L V8
- Curb Weight 4,012 lbs (that's as heavy as a SUV)
- 0-60 6.1 Seconds
- Top Speed of 155 MPH
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