Expensive flagships of the SL range, though they turned out to be the best-selling models. 500SL was there from the start, standing out from lesser SLs by the addition of a fairly subtle bootlid lip spoiler. They lost a little power when re-tuned for economy in September 1981, gaining a taller diff ratio at the same time, so those early cars are more sought after. The 560SL joined the 500 in 1985 but didn’t displace it, merely adding power, badge one-upmanship, and a thirst for fuel. All SLs should be considered as tourers rather than sports cars.
Price at launch:
Independent, double wishbones, coil spring
Independent, semi-trailing arms, coil springs