Mercedes SL500 History

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Karl Friedrich Benz (25 1844 — 4 April invents the world’s first Like most guys he with it endlessly and never takes it for a useful ride. one morning his wife makes by loading up the kids in the contraption and clear to the next town! never dawned on Karl. The first car had three wheels, a differential, a 1 cylinder, 0.4l making 1hp at 700 RPM with a top speed of 10 This first car also was a two roadster, just like the 120 years later in 2005.

26 1886 Karl Benz is the patent for his car. The motorcycle and had been invented earlier. Of the world’s first car was topless. tops didn’t come until decades later. For the 50 years the cars went one to two to four cylinders and supercharging was at least as far back as the 1920s. All cars were convertibles and only.

Benz invents the first four-wheeled car, the He also gets a patent on his idea which made steering possible.

The world’s production car is the Benz Velo.

invents the world’s first

Street racer Emil (1853-1918) wins a race street racers either Maybach or Gottlieb Daimler (I Gottlieb Daimler (17 March — 6 March 1900) helped make the gasoline practical and invented the carburetor. prize was getting to name the car made by Daimler. In this it was named after Emil’s Mercedes. What you may not know is most of these creative like most creative who imagine things no one has imagined were crazy in the eyes of people. Thus Emil’s Mercedes actually had 26 middle one for each letter of the alphabet.

In days and for the next four automobiles were the purvey of even more so than a helicopter is today. These often wore disguises and assumed names while out racing to avoid recognition. is because they were very well known in and it would not have helped professional images to have caught throwing up rooster racing around town.

of swell convertibles came out in the 26 years, I’m just not them all.

Blitzen race car with a 21.5 4 cylinder, 200 HP engine sets all of world speed records, than any car, boat, or even aircraft. These stand until the 1920s. It had to 700 foot-pounds of torque, more than any other car made today.

Invents the first multivalve

Invents the first supercharged

The 6.2l six cylinder supercharged Mercedes 630 comes out with 140 hp at RPM. As all great cars, the 630 came as a convertible.

The companies by Benz and Daimler merge to Mercedes-Benz. The company exists 1999, when it changes its after buying Chrysler. to this the two competed against other. Ferdinand Porsche is the engineer, coming over Daimler. Even through the Gottleib Daimler’s signature is on a white sticker on the windshield of Mercedes. Only around did Daimler’s signature come off to be by Mercedes on the sticker.

The SSK 27 debuts a 7.1l supercharged six with 225 hp at RPM and a top speed of about 120MPH. Of it’s a two seat convertible.

The 8 cylinder 460 Nürburg has a 4.6l engine making 80 hp at 3,200 It’s a dull sedan a top speed of 60 MPH, whoo It set a record of driving 12,500 at the Nürburgring racetrack over 13

Introduction of the 770 Grosser with a 8 cylinder engine. It was made 1938 and weighed over pounds.

Invents independent

The 500K (W34), a blown straight-8 convertible made 160 hp at RPM. Mercedes made 760 of It was a brand new style introduced in at Berlin Motor Show and about 4,500 pounds.

The 540K is introduced. It’s a two convertible with a 5.4l engine and a Kompressor (blower) 180 hp at 3,400 RPM and takes the 4,000 car to over 100MPH. Only 319 made and it, like the 1990s cost the same as a house. also invents the world’s Diesel car.

Mercedes’ V-8 W125 Silver Arrow car makes 600 HP and goes 200 MPH, on gearing.

A 1939 Grosser 770K was Hitler’s parade It used to be on display at a casino in Las and today I think it’s at a in Danville, CA. It had 2 thick bomb windows and armor plating. By Al Capone’s 1930 V-16 at the same casino museum had 1/2 thick bullet proof I’m unsure if the two ever against each other. The was made from 1938 1940 and weighed 8,000 with a blown 7.6l 8. Of course bonehead Hitler’s for annexing Europe ultimately car production at Mercedes for the next Nice going, goofball, and it me why anyone would armor a

1950s: 1954 — 300SL and 190SL (W198 and

Mercedes invents the crumple in 1951. All cars today use which means that in a the trunk and hood squish and the passenger compartment gets last, if at all. Mercedes invents fuel injection in also used in all modern

The SL name started as the 300SL in 1954. It was based on the 300SL car which had gull wing to satisfy the race requirements to functional doors. Since it had a frame the doors had to open up, of out. It had a straight six. me why people trace modern SL back to this car, it was a hard top and the SLs have far more in with other earlier

A guy in NY thought the 300SL was such a car that he convinced Mercedes to a production convertible version for him to The 300SL was made until They were not popular and built about 1,800 of Its 3.0l straight six made at 5,800 RPM. It was the world’s production car with fuel I see claims of up to 150MPH top speeds for the version, but I doubt this only 215 hp and questionable drag for the convertible. It weighed about pounds.

The less expensive (W121) was introduced in 1955. It had a 1.9 4 cylinder with 105 hp at 5,700 RPM and a little over 100MPH. It about 2,500 pounds. It was built until 1963, and were made.

1960s: — 1970 230SL, 280SL (W113)

The all new 230SL nicknamed Pagoda) was introduced in to replace the 190SL. It’s six cylinder made 150 hp at 5,500 RPM a top speed of 125 MPH. It was the first to a removable hard top, a continued through the 2002 SL

The similar 250SL came in 1967, and the 280SL in 1968.

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49,000 made through 1972. had about 150 HP and weighed 2,900

Also around 1971 was a convertible version of the 280SE with a 3.5l 8-cylinder 200 hp at 5,800 RPM and a top speed of 130 MPH.

and 1980s . 1972 — 280SL, 380SL, 450SL, (R107)

Mercedes patents the air bag in

Introduced in 1971, Mercedes the new R107 SL for 20 years. The R107 was to meet many future of crash safety regulations, was like a tank and weighed a actually, 1 — 3/4 tons. It was the convertible ever made, the even stronger R129 SL of the An icon, you can see it on the cover art of the 1984 Beverly Hills Cop . (I don’t seeing the car in the film.)

Mercedes made 237,000 of the through 1989. I once a 1982 280SL. It was OK, but not a fast car as the V8s The 450SL had an advanced aluminum fuel injected V8 and a primitive 3 automatic. It had 4 wheel disc

The last one was the 560SL. I almost one until I got to go for a real test and realized it handled just my mom’s 1967 station big, torquey V8 engine, steering wheel and floppy

Mercedes’ 2006 full brochure includes a two-page of a 1985 560 SL. These true SLs are significant than many of the models.

2003 — SL500, SL55, SL600, (R230) The current 2003 2006 SL500 has the same three-valve engine as the 1999 2002 model and otherwise is a different car. The latest has most body panels of aluminum and a metal folding which collapses into and up some room in the trunk. goodness the 2006 S-Klasse again uses the original four-valve engine design for more power and torque; these will make it the SL500 soon.

There’s a written comparison of this SL500 to the Porsche 911, a and the Jaguar XKR convertibles here .

The write that the newest is a great car and I agree. They have issue, as I do, with the low materials used, unlike the Mercedes of years past. The SL feels more like a in terms of materials, appearance, fit and Not that’s that’s bad, new Dodges also tend to better reliability than these past few years, at if you believe word-of-mouth and Consumer April 2004 and April editions. More later at The End of .

Consumer Reports’ April issue has some interesting to say on the latest SL. Interestingly it rates the very highest of vehicles for (See page 10, April More new SL owners said definitely buy another one than the of almost any other vehicle. to page 18 and you’ll see the new SL is also one of the least reliable cars It’s specifically called out in the of least reliable cars. on page 81 the 2003 SL is specifically out as a used car to avoid. To go on, the trunk which feels like a vault on the 1990 — SL500, is wobbly, worthless and on the 2003 — present On the other hand, there’s a lot of in the latest SL500: the roof, trunk lid, both and all four quarter-panels, which is much the whole exterior.

The trunk on the newest SL disappears the metal top collapses into it. The SL500 has no soft top and the hard top is no removable as it was for the past few decades. the newest SL you’re forced to your hard top everywhere you in your trunk instead of able to leave it in your

The gauges have been making them less and more showy. There are gauges in the 2003 — on since cost reductions marginalized these functions part of a completely incomprehensible system. I have never able to figure out the menu on the current Mercedes, and I’ve the manuals and have an engineering Good luck not crashing looking up something like temperature which previous show all the time. The gauges on a VW Cabrio Convertible are far better those on the 2003 — SL.

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Everyone should order the Go option. With this you no longer have to pull out key! With Keyless Go the car your key is with you, so all you to do to unlock the door is pull the and all you have to do to start or stop the is to press the button on the shifter. keys stay safely in pocket or purse. Brilliant, and I suggested to Mercedes in 1993!

If the hands me the keys to a White/Java SL500 as a company car you won’t see me otherwise I’m sticking my 1997.


The very best is that with the new SL body Mercedes is offering several more fun versions other the base SL500. There are other engine versions of the today, all of which are unreal.

in the most recent three years has this crazy been out. For decades my and the conventionally aspirated SL600 made about the same which I’ve already If anything the power actually in 1999 with the current engine which is still in today’s SL500.

These new versions seem to be selling out here, or at least the badge More good news is as you may Mercedes bought AMG some ago and today the AMG cars are completely at any dealer with lots of out there and designed not to blow up. driven the AMGs on the racetrack and wild knowing you can drive everyday without a hiccup.

The SL55 adds a blown V-8 for 516 at 2,750 — 4,000 and 493 HP @ RPM. It lists at $125,000 and is at 4.5s 0 — 60.

The blown V8 is from a totally different I couldn’t wipe the smile off my for a week after I drove

Hammer on it in traffic and it’s anything: faster than a and worlds more torque. 300+ HP cars have limited by the rubber below 90 MPH so I had all the latest factory super AMG were solely to impress the unless you get above 120 MPH and the traction can finally turn off. The AMG SLK32 I drove had the traction trying to keep the wheels spinning at every legal

The SL55’s traction control did its when hammering it on a sharp turn from a side it unleashed all it could when it which was almost scary. forbid you’re on a straight it keeps the 285mm wide from spinning and takes off quickly than I thought My 1997 SL500 only has which are at the verge of liquefying all of 1st gear. I was more intrigued the power of the SL55 AMG, for the first few minutes before it up I noticed that it was a nice, small feeling car unlike my SL.

The new SL seats were perfect (my has fat-man seats) and even the bun worked great and warmed up back and most importantly as opposed to mine which heat up your bottom needs no heating. Anyway, I was impressed.

Most of these seen today are the base and probably many of the fancier I see are re-badged. Beware counterfeit which are just SL500s the trunk badge and wheels I had a BMW dealer try to sell me one of the fakes.

The SL55 is insane!

The 1993 2002 SL600s are conventionally 48-valve V12s. As of 2003 the add twin turbos to the 12 cylinder, 36 engine for 590 ft-lbs of torque 1,800 — 3,500 RPM and 493 HP at

It lists at $127,000 and weighs a more than the SL55. also rated at 4.5s

SL55 versus SL600

The (twin-turbo V12) and SL55 V8) have identical power and almost identical price. God Mercedes for giving us the choice! The has more torque, but with weight and a turbo instead of a

Thus the difference isn’t on spec sheets or in race

The difference is that the SL600 towards comfort while the is more brutal and racy. If you a sports car for nimbleness and deliberate get the SL55. If you want something get the SL600.

The color and trim differ between the two. The comes in the more reasonable while the SL55 comes in the Vader colors favored by school kids. I want and Java (tan), and the AMG for 2006 in White for the first time but not yet for the inside. That leaves the for my color choice.

The SL65 AMG has the turbo V12 configuration of the SL600, it has more displacement and 738 ft-lbs 2,000 — 4,000 RPM and 604 hp @ RPM. Even the SL55 is anything I’ve ever I’d be afraid of the SL65 if it for ESP keeping the wheels on the ground.

The AMG lists at $180,000. It’s of a silly car and the most expensive in the so you’ll see people buy them for no other than arbitrage to resell them at an immediate due to their perceived scarcity.)

An of Mercedes’s inventiveness in the previous a wee break from the golf a famous american golfer was on in Scotland where he wasn’t known. He drove a borrowed Mercedes 450SL into a gas An attendant greets him with Scottish hospitality, unaware who the pro is:Top o’ the mornin to the golfer gets out of the car two tees out of his pocket.So what are those laddie? asks the attendant.They’re tees, replies the golfer.And would ya be usin ’em now? inquires the Scotsman.Well, for resting my balls on when I replies the golf pro.

Aw, Mary an’ Joseph! the attendant. Those fellas at think of everything!

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