The first-generation Mercedes SLK is poised to become quite an exciting classic. After all, it combined the premium elements of the Benz name and a folding hardtop. Today, this 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 still carries the premium feel but at an even more affordable value.
Bahama Blue Pearl is a desirable factory color, and this even shows all the right signs of being the original application. The deep blue looks like an isolated tropical ocean on a sunny day, so it sets the right tone for a premium drop-top. And we love the addition of the 16-inch Voxx wheels. The black goes with the rocker trim, door handles, and grille to give this a hint of dark distinction. The overall look of this example shows a car that has been driven and enjoyed. That means something different in a Mercedes. You still get a quality panel fit, a premium appearance, and an overall look of a well-respected car. But you may also view the value price as a way to budget for updating pieces on a stock car approaching the quarter-century milestone. And, of course, you want this SLK for its dual nature. It's a sleek coupe for any use, and with the touch of a button, it becomes a very sporty roadster. And this well-engineered folding hardtop takes a nice sports car and makes it legendary. So we bet the appreciation for these will continue to grow now that this is almost ready for vintage plates.
Another reason the first-gen SLK will become such a legendary classic is that the interior knew how to be open to the world. You could have it optioned like this in an attractive two-tone, where the black and blue style harmonizes nicely with the exterior. This is a personal sports car, and you're reminded of that by everything from the carbon fiber-style console panels to the seating for only two. Like any good Mercedes, this one comes with features like automatic climate control, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, cruise control, and an upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo with hands-free Bluetooth. But more than just luxury, this car also has great modern safety features such as dual front airbags, side airbags, and anti-lock brakes.
The SLK 230 did come with an ideal powerhouse. After all, the tradition of the small European roadster is a four-cylinder motor, but this required a power boost for modern times. That's why the car's 2.3-liter supercharged motor fits the profile perfectly. The 190 hp engine pulls thanks to a well-sorted five-speed automatic transmission nicely. The fully independent suspension is quite sporty, but it never loses that Mercedes luxury feeling. Add in power steering and four-wheel power disc brakes, and this one has the right recipe for a well-mannered sports car.
Complete with the owner's manual packet, this SLK is one of those ideal affordable, practical, and fun modern classics. That's why the trunk can still hold your weekend bags even with the top down. So it's the perfect one for easy driving and backroads vacations. Call now!
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