Top 5 Mercedes-Benz SL Models Ever Produced

December 11th, 2020 by


The German luxury brand, Mercedes-Benz has built a reputation for creating some of the world’s most enticing cars through its high-quality materials and competitive performance. It’s SL model, in particular, has embodied the brand’s reputation for those luxury qualities and with sports-like performance. In order to truly appreciate what abilities that the current car has, we’ve compiled a list of the automaker’s Top 5 SL’s Models Ever Produced.

1997-2001 Mercedes-Benz SL 73 AMG®

The SL 73 AMG® is like gold dust for its rarity and is the most premium for this type of chassis, otherwise called R129. It gained much respect for its suave styling, high-class interior materials, fitted technology, and strong powertrains. The 73 is powered by a 7.3-liter V12 engine and produced 518 horsepower with 553 lb-ft of torque. According to the car site, The Drive, this SL model is actually much rarer than the Pagani Zonda, as there are only around 85 of these vehicles left. 


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1954-1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe

Drop-dead gorgeous only scratches the surface of describing just how alluring the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe actually is. It was regarded as one of the most dazzling cars on the 1950’s market, even with fierce competition at the time. The gullwing doors, body lines, and materials choices seemed to have been crafted by the gods with their perfection, and evenly matched with its incredible driving experience.

The fuel injection and four-wheel independent suspension seemed to have come from a different time, perhaps proved to be so as the 3.0-liter M198 six-cylinder engine paired to a 4-speed manual transmission was the fastest production at the time. Considered even more valuable more than ever, as they currently have a selling price of over a million dollars.



1963-1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

The W113 platform is an absolute smoke-show and is almost on par with the 300 SL. It has a classy look to it and was considered a very innovative design during its heyday. This car had three engine options which are all inline six-cylinder engines. The 280 SL has the most torque and power, making it quite a gem if one is ever lucky to get their hands on one. The car’s body makes good use of aluminum rather than weightier metals and an enhanced suspension. All of these aspects contribute to its high selling price.


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2012-2019 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG®

One of the most pronounced qualities of an AMG® engine is its brawny engine upfront. The SL 65 model has one of the sickest powertrains ever produced, which is the M279 engine. This machine is a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 that made up to 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. It’s only been offered in a few of the brand’s big-ticket models, with the SL-Class being included. The interior styling only enhanced the sports car experience as well as its advanced technology.


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2008-2011 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG® Black Series

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class cars are known as high-end vehicles sold by the brand, with its design usually a bit more subtle. However, the SL 65 AMG® Black series changed the model’s game big time, as it built a reputation for its more intense styling, especially with its big fender flares and carbon fiber panels. The revised suspension was also made to be tighter and stiffer, it was also an automotive beast with the 661 horsepower V12 engine. These editions aren’t easy to find, as there are only 375 of them globally, and range around $200,000.


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Mercedes-Benz of Washington

If you’re looking for the ride of your life in one of Mercedes-Benz SL-Class cars or any models from the brand, you’ll find a friend at Mercedes-Benz of Washington dealership. We have a wide selection of cars from Mercedes-Benz S-Class, GT Roadster, GLE Coupe, and of course the SL 550 Roadster. 

Those who are interested in any of these vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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