To all our American readers, Happy Thanksgiving! To all our readers outside the United States, sorry you have to work today but hopefully today’s car makes up for it. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was the spiritual successor to the legendary 300SL that was produced from 1954 to 1963, mainly because of it’s distinctive gullwing doors and blistering performance. When the SLS launched in 2010 it not only wowed people with its design but with it’s power that launched this car to 60 mph in the mid-three second range.
Of course like the original 300SL, a roadster would soon follow for the SLS, which is what today’s car in California is. I like to think of the roadster versions of the 300SL and SLS like when Michael Jordan quit basketball and went to play minor league baseball. Jordan built his legacy and fame in basketball so much that you literally had tens of thousands of people following him around just to watch him strike out in Birmingham, Alabama. That’s what happened with these cars – you take away the gullwing doors and it’s just another Mercedes roadster, just like Jordan was just another minor league baseball player. But it’s the past reputation, along with how great a driver’s car they were in the first place, that kept these models in demand and values on par with the original. Go check out values for a 300SL Roadster, they are usually in the $1,000,000 to $1,400,000 range, right where the gullwing cars are. The same is happening with the SLS, with the Roadster prices side by side with comparable Gullwing cars. Logic would say the whole point of this car was the doors and it would carry a premium over the Roadster, but I think that would be true if Mercedes-Benz mailed it in on the rest of the car — which they clearly didn’t.
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Model: SLS AMG Roadster
Engine: 6.2 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Mileage: 993 mi
Price: Buy It Now $197,000
The La Jolla Reserve is proud to present this 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG impeccably crafted in Alanite Grey with a Light Brown interior.With less than 1,000 miles, this SLS AMG features: 6.2 liter V8 AMG engine
479 lbs of torque
0-60 in 3.5 seconds
Top speed of 197 MPH
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This specific car is a real stunner with it’s Magno Alanite Grey paint and brown leather interior. It’s not like you’ll ever be short changed when buying a supercar from AMG, but you get a generous amount carbon fiber inside along with the typical Mercedes goodies that you come to expect. Not to mention this car has the AMG Carbon Ceramic Composite brakes, which was a $12,500 option at the time. This car isn’t just about looking pretty, it’s a massive performer. With a top speed of close to 200 mph out of the 6.2 liter V8, I think it’s highly unappreciated. Everyone’s favorite
Top Gear Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson said about the SLS, “it’s more powerful than a Ferrari 458, just, it’s a little bit louder than a Lamborghini, and it’s way more fun than the 911RS GT Turbo 3S or whatever this week’s ultimate Beetle (Porsche) is called; this is the thinking man’s supercar.” But you’ll never see anyone screaming from the hills about buying one of these or aspiring to go buy one.
At nearly $200,000, this car is priced fairly seeing at it has under 1,000 miles which makes it basically a brand new car. Unlike the majority of the AMG cars made, these don’t depreciate normally. They took a small dip when first rolled out and people started using them, but now that they are out of production and there are no plans for a successor, values are remaining strong. So if you have $200,000 and don’t want a Ferrari, this is a great option.