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Pick of the Day: 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, as values rise like gullwings

The German supercar is more affordable now than it will be in the near future

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Of the many limited-production supercars built in the past 25 or so years, there are a few that I can say without hesitation are all but destined to increase in value. Many, such as the Porsche Carrera GT, have already gone up during the past 12 months and are already quite expensive.

Of those cars, there is one that has not yet hit a stratospheric price, but it will, so if you want one, you’d be advised to buy immediately.  That car is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing coupe.

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The Pick of the Day is a 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG finished in the classic Mercedes color combination of Iridium Silver paint with a red-and-black leather interior.  The car is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Charlotte, North Carolina, who describes the car as in excellent condition and driven only 18,071 miles from new.

The SLS AMG could be one of the greatest retro-modern takes on a classic supercar, paying homage to the original 300SL Gullwing but giving the car a modern look and feel, and incorporating the very best of everything.

It is also interesting to note that the SLS was built with the assistance of McLaren Mercedes F1 driver David Coulthard, as well as being the first Mercedes-Benz automobile designed and built entirely by AMG.  During the car’s six years of production, Mercedes would deliver a total of 1,837 of these epic cars to the United States.

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The SLS AMG is not just about good looks, though, as it offers levels of performance for the era in the supercar range, with a 0-60 time of only 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. Unlike most other supercars, it wraps that in a package that can easily be used as an effortless daily driver. Try doing that in a Ferrari or Lamborghini of that era.  

The pictures in the ad show an exceptional example that looks to be all but new. The description shows how special these cars are, and that the seller has done great research on the model.

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The very best part of this listing, besides the epic color combination, is the price. The asking price is $244,980, and if you want one of these cars and find that affordable, you should go for it immediately because the next one that comes up for sale most likely will cost more.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

3 COMMENTS

  1. There were only 844 convertible versions made. Just like the originals gullwings the convertible has always lagged behind, but take a look at the price of a pristine 1960 300 SL convertible….. you better have more than a million dollars to even go looking.

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