The Big Test The Merc SLs to buy now. In to the Leicht 5 Mercedes SLs. Our sharp choices for stylish cruising plus Frank Knothe’s SL design secrets. ‘No car makes you feel quite so good about life as a Mercedes-Benz SL, yet they’re still amazing value’ We make the case for the most undervalued yet rewarding Mercedes SLs to own. Cover Into the Leicht The long-running Mercedes-Benz SL has always offered reliability, luxury and style in spades – but some variants offer particularly good value in today’s market, too. We gather our five sharp picks for stylish cruising. Few other cars can make you feel as good about life as a Mercedes-Benz SL. We pick the best buys across five generations. Words Russ Smith. Photography Charlie Magee.
Mercedes-Benz – the choice of the sensible enthusiast. It’s a stereotype with substance and the long-running Sports Leicht series has provided ideal fodder for those who want a sports car and are willing to trade a little excitement to own a car they can spend more time driving than fixing; one that won’t leave your garage floor looking like a war zone. People will pay a premium for that kind of thing, which usually elevates SL prices above those of their rivals.
But there are still a few models that we think are behind the curve and we’ve gathered them together for a closer look. Even better, some of them disprove the above theory by not trading of much excitement but still conforming to Mercedes’ principles of quality.