1996 Mercedes-Benz 600 SL
1996 Mercedes Benz 600 SL
Vintage Mercedes, like this expertly maintained 600SL, are the perfect combination of old world luxury and universal appeal. Fast, opulent, stylish and built like a Panzer tank, they're the first choice of many classic car collectors who like to both show and drive their classic. Mercedes got it all just right, offering essentially bullet-proof reliability, satisfying power, and aggressive good looks. The 600 SL combined all that Mercedes learned about the R129 chassis cars into a cultural icon that quietly and confidently told the world its occupants had "arrived."
With only 40,248 miles on its original powertrain, and no collision or major body damage whatsoever, this rock-solid Benz is about as close to driving a brand new 22 year old luxury car as you can get. And if you're one of those Benz wannabes, this is the ultimate starter car.
Stunning deep black covers the very well aligned panels and doors. Very few chips or scratches, and virtually dent free, this exterior is real close to the day it was born. Garaged all its life, no fading is seen here, not even on the standard hardtop that can be unhinged by the flick of a button and become an open-air roadster. A canvas convertible top looks like it had never been put up, until our expert photographer put it up for the photos. All chrome and brightwork is in very nice condition and adds the bling to the V12 sing. Chrome wheels wrapped by Goodyear Eagle F1 tires appear to have very low mileage.
Two tone Shell color leather wraps electronically adjustable seats and will accommodate virtually any size driver. A burl center console houses the power window option, power convertible top, and hard top release, as well as the suspension adjustment knob, gear selector, radio, cassette player, and climate controls. The electronic dash has virtually every monitoring light one could imagine, and holds on to the analog speedo, clock, tach, oil pressure, fuel gauge, and engine temp gauges. An integrated car phone is tucked neatly into the flip up compartment in the rear of the center console and has a revealing remote keypad in the top of the dash. Speaking of which, beautiful brown stitched leather covers the upper part, and plush carpeting on the lower end. That carpeting floods the floors as well as the rear passenger stowage area (top down) and trunk (top up). Levers for cruise control, intermittent wipers, and steering column adjustment sit behind the burl lacquered steering wheel.
A 6.0 Liter V12 with an M120 DOHC 48 Valve runs so quietly there are not enough O's in smoooooooth to describe it. It puts out 385hp and is backed by a 5-speed automatic transmission. Body construction Monocoque with front and rear crumple zones and removable hardtop. Front suspension Independent damper strut with anti-dive geometry and stabilizer bar. Separate shock absorbers and coil springs. Negative-offset steering. Rear suspension Independent 5-arm multilink with geometry for anti-lift, anti-squat and alignment control and stabilizer bar. Separate shock absorbers and coil springs.
Brakes are 2-circuit hydraulic power-assisted 4-wheel disc. Ventilated front, solid rear brake discs. Antilock Braking System (ABS) ABS senses impending wheel lock-up under heavy braking and pumps the front brakes individually or the rear brakes together (to help maintain stability), as needed, up to 30 times per second to prevent lock-up and maintain steering ability. Underside of this car shows clean, and rust free.
A consigner who has fond memories attached to this car, but now must part with it. This is absolutely one of the nicest SL cars we have here at Classic Auto Mall, and it is priced very fair. A German built sports car that is just broken in, many more miles and fun can be had with it. A closer look will verify this writers' words.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 150 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. A 450 barn find collection is currently also on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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