2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: To Monterey

August 30, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

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

Comments

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    So I'll be honest, I'd never actually heard of this Tucker. So I did some research and turns out that its a really interesting part of automotive history. Thanks for bringing it up! You realize that when he showed such interest in the SLS, you should have offered him a test drive, while you follow in his car. All from the goodness of your heart of course.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    they made a movie about tucker... can't remember the name of it...

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Sadly I bet the components of the Tucker are more reliable.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    shame on you for not getting that photo!

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    No complaints? You were about to take the hide off of the M-B service department over the 3 abortive top-repair attempts, plus all the issues the car has had with the electrical system, plus now the seat is loose...now you're telling this guy what a great car it is - ? Maybe you DO think it's great, but c'mon - the guy specifically asked you about what the car was like day to day.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Oldham, I have to agree with fordson1. Maybe you were waxing eloquent since you found a new rich friend that day, but the SLS has given you guys nothing but issues, is the least reliable vehicle in your entire fleet right now, and you have NO COMPLAINTS?

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