For more than 20 years, the folks in Stuttgart crafted sporty roadsters based mostly on the C-Course chassis, lastly killing off the SLC all through the 2020 model year. The first of all those cars and trucks to arrive on our shores was the SLK 230, which debuted right here as a 1998 model. Its retractable hardtop recognized a trend for convertibles that only a short while ago has finished as their complexity and bodyweight (not to point out very long-phrase servicing) were not well worth whatever rewards they possessed more than more and more improved fabric roofs. Virtually a quarter-century later, here’s a single of those ’98s, photographed in a San Francisco Bay Place self-support garden.
For 2001, the SLK 320 and its V6 motor grew to become out there listed here, but the U.S.-sector SLKs for 1998-2000 ended up all 230s.
This 2.3-liter supercharged inline-4 built 190 horsepower, which is about what the six-cylinder BMW Z3 developed. You could get this car with a manual transmission, but this one (like practically all U.S.-marketplace SLKs) has the automatic.
These engines are much easier to come across now than when I wrote the definitive guidebook to low-priced junkyard superchargers, so I’ll need to have to pull just one and study its secrets and techniques.
These red-and-black leather-based seats are rather snazzy.
Later on, DaimlerChrysler utilized this motor vehicle as the basis for the Chrysler Crossfire, which was readily available for the 2004-2008 model years (following the SLK had absent to a new platform).
Peter Pan displays up with a new SLK and you can fly once more!