Mercedes Benz 1990-mercedes-benz-SL500a

Published on January 11th, 2013 | by BajaBusta

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1990 Mercedes Benz SL500 Test Drive

 Combine the ground-breaking leap in technology of the 190 and the build quality and timeless styling of the SEC coupes, and you would still not have the measure of the impact that Mercedes’ all new SL made at its launch in 1989. the styling was extremely simple, yet subtle touches (especially around the shovel-nosed front end) gave the SL a remarkable stance and road presence. Mercedes chief stylist said that the SL was greatly influenced by wind -tunnel work, and that the shape was changed many times during development. Inside, Mercedes standard dashboard simplicity was enhanced by lavishing some fine industrial design on the switchgear and trim. Looking at the car the best part of a decade after it was launched, it seems almost impossible that the SL project started in 1981.



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5 Responses to 1990 Mercedes Benz SL500 Test Drive

  1. Mike Rosa says:

    Thanks for posting that! I am really, really fond of this car. What a great blast from the past Joel.

    (I accidentally hit enter before typing anything, hence the blank comment above. Sorry.)

    • BajaBusta says:

      i was not as fond of them when they debuted, i did not know what it was (14 y/o), but i soon came to understand it was what was described as too ‘tuetonic’. But appreciate the heck out of them now.

  2. 4gasem says:

    My dad had one of these for several years. It was a gutless wonder, but a gorgeous car IMO.

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