of us in the collector car hobby have dreamed of owning a Mercedes-Benz 300SL.
They simply amazing, combining striking styling and world class performance
with best-in-the-world build quality.
is a problem, though: a classic Mercedes
300SL roadster or Gullwing coupe from the 1950s or early ’60s is likely to cost
more than a million dollars these days.
there is another Mercedes 300SL that can be bought for around 1/100 of the cost
of the classic model, a 300SL roadster from the early 1990s.
These the same basic cars as the 500SL or 600SL of the period, built on the R129 chassis, except they are powered by 3.0-liter inline-6 engines instead of the V8 or V12 engines, respectively, of their big brothers. Remember that it was an inline 6 that powered the classic 300SL.
The Pick of the Day is a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SL finished in Arctic White with a grey leather interior roadster located in Costa Mesa, California.
This 300SL has only covered 46,902 miles from new and is in immaculate, according to the dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. The many pictures seem to justify this, showing a car that looks close to new.
only flaw I saw was a slight scuff on the rear bumper. The interior looks to be
as new, with excellent seat leather and nice wood trim.
When new, the 1990 300SL sold for the staggering price of $70,000, which was around $12,000 less than the 500SL. What you lost in the bargain was the 5.0-liter 32-valve V8 under the hood, and that’s about it. The 300SL had a 0-60 time in 8.4 seconds compared with the 6.4 second time of the 500SL. The 300SL tops out at 140 mph versus 155 mph for the 500SL.
of the superior build quality and options also were present in the 300SL. In
addition, the 300SL feels lighter and is a bit more sporting to drive on a
A key consideration with these Mercedes roadsters is that they need to have been properly cared for. They were technologically advanced for the time, and there are a lot of things that can go wrong with one. A prospective buyer should have any R129 roadster completely vetted by a Mercedes mechanic before buying one.
300SL is advertised for the fair price of $11,990.
a bonus feature, owning the car would mean you honestly could tell your friends
that you have a Mercedes 300SL in the garage.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.