The last af­ford­able Mercedes SL

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

The rise and rise of Mercedes SLS con­tin­ues un­abated, al­most right across the sporty drop-top’s back cat­a­logue. The orig­i­nal 300SLS are largely static in the very ex­pen­sive bracket, but nearly ev­ery­thing else from the 190SL on­wards has seen grow­ing in­ter­est of late.

Even the Nineties-era R129s, which have un­til now been a kind of en­try-level ac­cess point to clas­sic SL own­er­ship, are start­ing to chase after their R107 pre­de­ces­sors – also on the up. The V12-en­gined 600SL is lead­ing the way. There aren’t a lot of those to choose from and the best are now top­ping £20k. But the V8 500SL and all the (cheaper to run) six-pot mod­els are pick­ing up too, with good ones that strug­gled to make five fig­ures a few years ago start­ing to trade in the teens.

After high­light­ing SLS in one of our ‘To Buy Now’ fea­tures al­most a year ago we could say we told you so, but the game is still on – the price rises show no sign of let­ting up yet.

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