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History of Mercedes convertibles

One of the oldest and most iconic car manufacturers in automotive history, Mercedes have a track record of creating some of the most beautiful cars. With summer here and the sun out (however briefly), we’re taking a look at some of the best convertibles the famous German company has produced.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class       

Since 1954, the SL-Class is one of the more popular convertible cars in the company’s history. The original design was inspired by an American, who wanted the speed and style of a Grand Prix car but in a slightly more manageable package. It has taken a number of different shapes and styles across the year.

1955 300 SL Roadster

The Mercedes 300 SL Roadster was one of the most iconic SL-Class convertibles produced by Mercedes. Built with a welded aluminium frame rather than steel, its lightweight body made up for the slightly underpowered engine. It became one of the most popular German cars in the US, with over 80% of its initial run sold in the states.

250 SL

Slightly less sporty in appearance, the 250 SL was a more stately car, for the serious driver rather than the playboy. Even so, it had the bold, refined styling associated with Mercedes.

R129   

Fitted with an automated, collapsible textile roof, the R129 also came with a detachable aluminium hardtop. It has the blocky, square look, that first started with the 250 SL, given it a futuristic look for the time.

SLK

First produced in 1996, the SLK has become the number one Mercedes convertible on the market. The most recent R172 variation was released in 2011. Secrecy around the car’s launch involved car magazines and reviewers driving disguised SLKs. Rave reviews followed, as the SLK proved itself to be the perfect blend of engineering performance and interior technology – hallmarks that have become closely associated with Mercedes and it’s reputation for quality.


published: 08/06/2018 09:45:26

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