2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: To Monterey
August 30, 2013
I pulled into the gas station just west of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to top off our long-term Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster. I had just driven the supercar north several hundred miles from Los Angeles for the famed Monterey Car Weekend and I had stretched its gas tank as far as it would go.
And that's when the Tucker pulled in. Yes a Tucker. One of just 51 produced in 1948 by Preston Tucker before his revolutionary car company was unplugged. Tuckers are never really seen in public. Most live in very private collections or museums. Want one? Bring seven figures. And here's one at the gas pumps.
Welcome to Monterey.
But here's the best part. The guy climbs from his million dollar classic and beelines for our Benz. "Nice car," he says.
"Thanks," I say a bit stunned. "Yours is better."
He laughs. "How is that thing every day?" he asks. "Can you drive it every day?"
"You can," I tell him. "Been driving it every day since December. No complaints. Even drove it to South Dakota and back in February."
"Really," he says. "Long trips aren't a problem? It's comfortable?"
"It's great," I tell him. "In fact I just drove it up from L.A. No issue. I feel great."
I make a feeble attempt to turn the conversation to his ride. But he still wants to talk about the Mercedes.
"I've been thinking about getting one," he says. "What do you think?"
For the next 20 minutes we talked about every aspect of the SLS, from its in-cabin electronics to its trunk space and its awesome engine sounds, and, of course, my endless enthusiasm for the two-seater. It was only after he pulled away that I realized I didn't get a picture of his car.
I have little doubt my new found friend will own an SLS soon, however, my owning a Tucker remains doubtful.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief