1991-2000 Mercedes-Benz SL

1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SL convertible, one of the 1991-2000 SLs
1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SL convertible

The 1991-2000 Mercedes-Benz SL, Mercedes' top-line convertible, bowed for 1991 with 300SL and 500SL iterations. These were two-ton cars, which contributed to solidity but that hampered acceleration with the 300's 228-horse 3.0-liter inline 6. The 500's 322-horse 5.0-liter V-8 had considerably more pep.

A 389-bhp 6.0 liter V-12 600SL bowed for '93, with a staggering base price of $119,500. By 2000, only the 500 and 600 remained, priced at $82,600 and $128,950, respectively -- rarefied territory. The entry-level 6-cylinder was dropped for '98, leaving the 302-bhp 5.0-liter V-8 and the 389-horse 6.0 liter V-12.

A safety-conscious automatic roll bar was a hallmark from the beginning, and materials and finish inside and out were superb.

Pluses of the 1991-2000 Mercedes-Benz SL:

  • They're convertibles
  • V-12/convertible combo (600SL)
  • Acceleration (500SL, 600SL)
  • Handling
  • Build quality
  • Safety features

Minuses of the 1991-2000 Mercedes-Benz SL:

  • Acceleration (300SL)
  • "Used-car" prices still enormous
  • Thirst

Production of the 1991-2000 Mercedes-Benz SL:

  • 1991: 7,482
  • 1992: 4,879
  • 1993: 4,828
  • 1994: 5,919
  • 1995: 6,964
  • 1996: 6,856
  • 1997: 8,025
  • 1998 (500SL): 7,232
  • 1998 (600SL): 577
  • 1999 (500SL): 7,394
  • 1999 (600SL): 459

Specifications of the 1991-2000 Mercedes-Benz SL:
Wheelbase, inches: 99.0
Length, inches: 176.0-177.1
Weight, pounds: 3,605-4,473
Price, new: $72,500-$128,950 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1991-2000 Mercedes-Benz SL:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
dohc I-6
181
2281991-1993
dohc I-61952281994-1997
dohc V-8303315/3221991-1998
ohc V-83033021999-2000
dohc V-123653891993-2000

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