1989 Mercedes-Benz 500SL

If there is one car that defined the early 1990s, it has to be the 1989 Mercedes-Benz 500SL. This exceptional car build on the technical achievement and new developments emanating from the 190-Series, and combined it with classic styling inspired by the genial SEC Coupes. The result was a stylistically impeccable convertible that was mechanically superior to just about anything on the road. It was brimming with techological wonders, such as a safety roll-bar that would pop out in a eye-blink whenever needed, but didn’t otherwise mar the car’s classic line. The Mercedes-Benz 500SL also featured seats that were an integral part of the car’s structure, giving it added strength and rigidity.

1989 Mercedes-Benz 500SL
1989 Mercedes-Benz 500SL

Equipped with the standard, 32-valve 5-liter V8 that produced a healthy 326 horsepower, the 500SL could reach a top speed of 161 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 in just over 6 seconds. The SL was also available with a choice of six-cylinder and V12 engines, for those who wanted absolute extravagance or understatement.

The fact remains, however, that the 1989 Mercedes-Benz 500SL, whatever engine was chosen, was a very expensive car, not within everyone’s reach. That being said, it exerted an insane appeal and brand recognition that one the whole was very profitable to the German car maker.

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