The SL Roadster.

That special sense of wonder is in the air again.

History


Milestones in automotive history.

The SL is an iconic sports car and has always been one of the most coveted sports cars of its time.

History


Milestones in automotive history.

The SL is an iconic sports car and has always been one of the most coveted sports cars of its time.

The motif shows the SL racing car from 1952.
The image shows the SL racing car from 1952.

The story of the "Gullwing" starts in motor racing.

The 300 SL (W 194) was the first newly-designed Mercedes-Benz racing car after the Second World War to be called SL (Super Light).

The newly-developed spaceframe guaranteed a lightweight design and maximum torsional stiffness, but it also made conventional doors impossible. The solution was upward-opening doors. The "Gullwing" was born. In 1954, the 300 SL "Gullwing" (W 198) continued the success story.

The image shows a Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster from 1957.

Only flying is better.

Open-top two-seater cars were very much in demand in the late 1950s. In 1957, the 300 SL Roadster superseded the legendary "Gullwing"and made open-top driving enjoyment possible for high-performance sports cars, too.

The spaceframe remained the backbone of the Roadster, too. However, the lower side parts allowed conventional, front-hinged doors – the decisive ingredient for an open-top vehicle.

The image shows a Mercedes-Benz SL "Pagode" from 1963.

A shrine for those who love open-top motoring.

When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 230 SL (W 113) at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, it redefined sporty driving pleasure: power was now combined with comfort and optimum safety.

There were three versions of the 230 SL available: a Roadster with a folding soft top, a pure hardtop Coupé and a combination of both versions. The 230 SL was quickly nicknamed "Pagoda" on account of its inward slanting hardtop which made it reminiscent of far-eastern temple constructions.

The image shows a Mercedes-Benz SL model series R 107 from 1971.

Innovative evergreen.

The transition to a comfortable yet powerful two-seater made a compelling step forward with the R 107 model series from 1971 onwards – indeed, the 350 SL from 1971 was the first SL to feature eight cylinders.

With an output of 147 kW (200 hp), it accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in nine seconds. The fuel tank was now installed above the rear axle for protection in the event of a collision. Other new features included the four-spoke steering wheel with a large impact plate and reach-through door handles that stopped the doors from springing open in an accident.

The motif shows a Mercedes-Benz SL model series R 129 built from 1989 onwards.

Beautifully sporty.

The fabric soft top opened and closed in just 20 seconds at the touch of a button, making it much more convenient to use.

This model generation combined numerous world firsts: the sport-inspired seats with integrated seat belts, the fully automatic folding soft top and a draught-stop for draught-free open-top motoring. The 5.0-litre four-valves-per-cylinder V8 engine in the 500 SL had an output of 240 kW (326 hp) and allowed exceptionally sporty driving.

The image shows a Mercedes-Benz SL from 2001.

The world's most powerful roadster.

Substantially enhanced technology, design and equipment. In contrast to its predecessors, this SL carried its hard roof with it at all times.

The Vario roof opened and closed at the touch of a button – even via remote control – within 16 seconds. 2004 saw the launch of the range-topping SL 65 AMG – the world's most powerful and high-torque roadster with 612 hp (450 kW) and 1000 Nm.


More about the history:

Be inspired by the unique history of the SL and experience the fascination of historic Mercedes-Benz vehicles for yourself on stunning tours through Germany, Italy or France.


More about the history:

Be inspired by the unique history of the SL and experience the fascination of historic Mercedes-Benz vehicles for yourself on stunning tours through Germany, Italy or France.

Classic Car Travel


Experience dream roads at the wheel of a classic SL.

On the "Classic Car Travel" tours, you can discover the picturesque scenery of Tuscany, the dream routes of Provence or impressive Mercedes-Benz milestones in Baden-Württemberg - all at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz classic car.

Classic Car Travel


Experience dream roads at the wheel of a classic SL.

On the "Classic Car Travel" tours, you can discover the picturesque scenery of Tuscany, the dream routes of Provence or impressive Mercedes-Benz milestones in Baden-Württemberg - all at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz classic car.

Enjoy the wonderful scenery of Provence in a historic Mercedes-Benz SL.

Enjoy unadulterated refinement and a timelessly elegant design idiom with chrome elements displaying meticulous attention to detail. The touch, feel and aromas tell stories of past adventures. Enjoy the finest cuisine during stops at choice locations. We give you the opportunity to live out your passion in a relaxed atmosphere whilst driving a choice of models. An expert team accompanies you on your tour of specially chosen routes.

Design


Timeless silhouette and classic Roadster proportions.

Elegance in its purest and sportiest guise. Plus a progressive touch with the AMG Line. The SL is an icon transported into the here and now.

Design


Timeless silhouette and classic Roadster proportions.

Elegance in its purest and sportiest guise. Plus a progressive touch with the AMG Line. The SL is an icon transported into the here and now.

Comfort


The SL is not shy about displaying its qualities.

Comfort


The SL is not shy about displaying its qualities.

The image shows the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster from above.

All it takes to open and to close the folding Vario roof in under 20 seconds is the touch of a button. And if the sun makes itself rare – no problem for the SL.

The panoramic Vario roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL conjures up an open-air feeling even when the roof is closed. For a unique driving experience – any time, anywhere. And with the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system and the electric draught stop, SL drivers can enjoy open-top motoring virtually all year round.

Safety


A reassuring feeling of driving a Mercedes-Benz.

Discover the modern safety and assistance systems of the SL Roadster.

Safety


A reassuring feeling of driving a Mercedes-Benz.

Discover the modern safety and assistance systems of the SL Roadster.

Safety highlights:

The motif shows the SL Roadster driving on a road.

Safety highlights:

  • PRE-SAFE® system
  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
  • LED Intelligent Light System
  • Active Braking Assist
*Certain vehicle specifications including but not limited to, features / equipment / colours displayed may differ from standard South African specifications, and prices are subject to change without prior notice. Please note that certain vehicle specifications may be affected by availability at the time of production and are therefore not always guaranteed.