Used 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
List price range
$5,000 - $8,995

Pros

  • Beautiful, high-performance, wind-in-your-hair, roadster.

Cons

  • Price.

Used 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible for Sale

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 1997 SL320 2dr Convertible
46,702 miles
Used 1997
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
SL320
List$8,995
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Dealer Notes
New Price! Clean CARFAX. Green 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 320 RWD 5-Speed Automatic 3.2L I6 Leather.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 1997 SL320 2dr Convertible
145,568 miles
Used 1997
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
SL320
Carsmart
37.9 mi away
List$5,000
Est.Loan: $102/mo
Fair Deal!
Fair Deal!
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Dealer Notes
WE BUY YOUR CAR WE PAY TOP MONEY FOR YOUR CAR NO MATTER WHAT THE CONDITION ABS %284-Wheel%29,Air Conditioning,Aluminum Wheels,AM/FM Stereo,Cassette,Convertible,Dual Air Bags,Dual Power Seats,Leather,Power Brakes,Power Locks,Power Steering,Power Windows,Premium Sound,Tilt Wheel

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vehicle overview

For years, the classic roadster to own was the Mercedes 450SL. From 1973 to 1989, Mercedes peddled so many of these convertibles to the rich and famous that they became as ubiquitous as cocaine vials at high-society social events. Then, Mercedes revamped its classic, upping the technological ante by light years over the old car. The redone SL has been available in three styles since then; 320, 500 and 600 Series droptops.

The SL600 is a whompin' V12 two-door roadster. The SL isn't merely a S600 coupe with no roof. It is lighter, more nimble, and based on the SL-Class of roadsters. The bloodline it shares with the gargantuan S-Class is the 6.0-liter V12 that makes 389 horsepower and moves the car with authority. Stuffed into the SL, the V12 is a better performer and costs less than its big brother coupe, but at a stupendous $123,000, that's kind of a moot point.

The...ahem, lowly SL320 and SL500 are the more reasonably priced and more popular Mercedes roadsters. Prices for the SL320 and SL500 fell dramatically in 1995. The SL320, which was base priced at $95,000 in 1994, is starting at about $80,000 this year. Likewise, the SL500 fell nearly 10 grand to $90,000. So, do you get less car for your smaller payment? No. The SL320 and SL500 have gained equipment since then.

We don't think you should go for the SL600. The SL500 is just as good, and better in some respects, than its more muscular brother. And with your savings you could get a Jeep Grand Cherokee for the kids to take to Keg-A-Beer University in the fall. In fact, with the soon-to-be-released SLK on the way, it doesn't make sense to buy any of these big beasties. The SLK is faster than the SL320, has a convertible hardtop, and costs less than half what M-B is asking for its SL320.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

A True German Classic Roadster...
Realtor, 8/17/2005
I came across my SL320 after the hurricanes took out my Mercedes ML with a 32 yr old oak tree. I can't say enough good things about this car. The car demands attention, a true head turner. I usually only put about 5k miles per year as a leisure car. This car is a blast, I leave my BMW at home and have racked on the miles-12k. I haved the hardtop stored, and the storage compartments behind the seats accomidate my briefcase. The best feeling to crank the A/C to 60 and drop the top, turn up the Bose system and let my cares fly off with the wind in my hair. Handling is surperb. Power is very impressive, and am thankful I got the 320 over the 500 and 600-with gas at 3bucks+, & lower insurance
Love my buggy
Sean, 3/21/2016
This is my 1st SL and I am having fun, Purchased it to be a weekend toy but find myself driving it more and more. i have had no maintenance issues and she is 19 years old.....finger crossed. Everything is expensive on this car so when it breaks I am mentally prepared to deal with that. All in all...just a great and fun car!
Awesome car!
consultU, 1/25/2005
I've driven several of these cars and just bought one. They are extremely powerful and smooth driving. I also drove the Lexus SC400 and SC430, the Porsche Boxter and 911 and several others. They're all fun, but for my money the SL500 is tops. Driving with the convertible top down and the Bose stereo up is quite an experience. Try it!
what would you expect
Christopher Panza, 4/17/2015
We all know the mystique behind the name Mercedes and its the same mystique that porsche and bmw and now the audi's have. Engine power and design and the blue print of a car that is/was ahead of its time. My SL is what it was when it was 100,000 of the showroom floor, an engineering marvel. Just as the porsche's I have owned. If you spent $100,000 on an American made car in the mid 90's the only ones that would be worth a damn today would be the ones never or rarely driven. German or Japanese and you cannot go wrong. Stay away from the audis however, they havent figured out the turbo debacle yet
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed automatic
Gas
228 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
12 city / 19 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed automatic
Gas
389 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
14 city / 21 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed automatic
Gas
315 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
14 city / 21 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed automatic
Gas
315 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    0

More about the 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Used 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible Overview

The Used 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible is offered in the following styles: SL320 2dr Convertible, SL600 2dr Convertible, SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible, and SL500 2dr Convertible.

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  • The Used 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL320 is priced between $5,000 and$8,995 with odometer readings between 46702 and145568 miles.

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