Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Parkers 2015-07-07

If you look hard enough the Mercedes SL can trace its roots right back to the 1954 300SL, affectionately known as the Mercedes Gullwing on account of its idiosyncratic door-opening system. Truth be told it was the 1957 Roadster that really spawned the modern generation SL though. 

  • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (02-11)
  • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG (02-11)
  • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (89-02)

If you look hard enough the Mercedes SL can trace its roots right back to the 1954 300SL, affectionately known as the Mercedes Gullwing on account of its idiosyncratic door-opening system. Truth be told it was the 1957 Roadster that really spawned the modern generation SL though. 

And before it got to the 2012 on Mercedes SL, designed to beat the BMW 6 Series, Porsche 911 convertible and Audi R8 Spyder at their own game, it went through a number of other iterations. These included the 1963-1971 second generation, 1972-1981 third generation, 1989-2001 fourth generation and 2001-2012 fifth model. 

All offered peerless image and build quality, though none could be considered quite the sharpest of drives from the sector, and featured smooth and powerful petrol engines. For the fourth and fifth generations, AMG models were offered with 350bhp+ V8s and 490+bhp V12 engines.

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Most Popular New and Used Model Reviews

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible 2012 on

4 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible 2012 on

New price range:
£78,345 - £119,045

Used price range:
£16,064 - £97,242

Powerful engines, quality interior, strong residuals, more efficient engines
Not as fun to drive as some rivals, vague steering, expensive servicing costs

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible 1989 - 2002

4 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible 1989 - 2002

New price range:
£50,185 - £97,870

Used price range:
£3,427 - £10,502

Status; quality
SLK is prettier, less costly and less pretentious

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG 2002 - 2011

4.5 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG 2002 - 2011

New price range:
£97,100 - £254,514

Used price range:
£6,163 - £35,826

Stylishly understated, storming performance, wonderful engines, metal folding roof
Incredibly expensive to buy and run, extortionate servicing costs

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Competitors

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Jaguar XK8

Bentley Continental GT

Bentley Continental GT

BMW 6-Series

BMW 6-Series