Mercedes Benz SL Models and SL History

The SL-Class has been German auto company Mercedes Benz's longest and most prestigious brands. Born as a vehicle inspired by the W194 race car, the first ‘sport lightweight' Mercedes-Benz SL introduced in 1954 was noted for its gullwing doors and the first use of fuel injection in a production car. Through decades, the SL-Class has existed as a two-door coupe as well as a convertible. Starting in 2003, the Mercedes-Benz adopted a Vario Roof power retractable hardtop configuration similar to the SLK roadster. From 1998 to 2014, SL-Class performance came from either a V-8 or V-12 engine. In 2015, Mercedes-Benz introduced a twin-turbocharged V-6 powered SL400 to North America. Recapturing elite sports car roots, the Mercedes-Benz SL has offered a high-performance AMG package in the United States since 2003. In recent years, there have been two AMG SL-Class models: the V-8 powered SL55 AMG and the V-12 propelled SL63 AMG.

New and Used SL Prices, Mercedes Benz SL Model Years and History

The Mercedes-Benz SL boasts a trademark style and unique powered-folding hardtop that makes for a versatile coupe/convertible combo.
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The road has never been so inviting than when behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadster.
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The popular Mercedes-Benz SL-Class two-seater is loaded with luxurious options and amenities.
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The Mercedes-Benz popular SL-Class roadster returns for 2015 packed with all the features and under-the-hood might that you’d expect.
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The roadster to end all roasters, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is an exquisite mix of luxury, performance, and advanced technology.
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All new for 2013, the Mercedes Benz SL-Class is a hardtop luxury roadster that comes standard with a 429 hp producing 4.6-liter V8 engine and a 7-speed automatic transmission.
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A hardtop luxury roadster, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is available in an AMG trim level that produces 518 hp for a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds.
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A hard-top luxury roadster, the 2011 SL-Class is a sporty vehicle bursting with class, making it a roadster everyone can love.
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A two-seat roadster with a quick-stowing retractable hardtop, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class delivers a thrilling ride, solid handling and top-notch performance.
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A two-seat luxury sports car with a power retractable hardtop, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is available with engines ranging from a 382 hp 5.5L V8 up to an astounding 604 hp 6.0L V12.
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The 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a two-seat luxury sports car with a power retractable hardtop, and a range of powerful engines to choose from to get the most out of your top-down motoring.
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 4 / 5
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 5.0
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 3.0
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 5.0
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 5.0
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A luxury two-door sports car with a power-retractable hardtop, the 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a stylish and powerful car built for two passengers to enjoy the top-down motoring sensation.
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 4.0
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 3.3
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 4.7
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 4.7
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 3.7
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 4.7
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 5.0
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 4.3

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a luxury two-door sports car with a retractable hardtop and seating for up to two-passengers.
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 4.8
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 4.2
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 4.8
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 4.5
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 4.0
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 5.0
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 4.8
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 4.8

The 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a stylish compact luxury sports car that seats two passengers and features a power-retractable hardtop.
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Totally updated, the 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a two-door luxury convertible that rushes into the modern era with brand new style.
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The 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a two-passenger luxury roadster available with your choice between a V8 or V12 engine.
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A stylish luxury sports car, the two-passenger 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a two-door convertible available with either a 302 hp 5.0L V8 or a 389 hp 6.0L V12.
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A luxury sports car that seats two passengers, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class features a convertible top and a choice between a powerful V8 or a mighty V12 engine.
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 4.5
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 5.0
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 4.5
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The 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a luxury two-door sports car which features a convertible top and a choice between a powerful V8 or a mighty V12 engine.
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 4.5
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 4.0
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 4.5
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 4.0
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 4.5