At start of the 1990s, after the introduction of their two-seat, grand-tourer R129 SL and the Mazda MX-5, Mercedes-Benz set out to create a new compact roadster, slotted below the SL. By late 1991, under Bruno Sacco, the first design sketches were drawn and scale models being built in the first half of 1992. The SLK was a modern incarnation of the 1950s Mercedes-Benz 190SL by returning to four cylinders and a 94-inch wheelbase. Massively successful in its first year, worldwide sales hit 55,000, over double the entire nine-year production of 190SLs and between 1996 and 2004, over 311,000 SLKs were sold. The roof design consists of a folding steel hardtop with both halves linked by a mechanism which is locked securely when the roof is closed. At the touch of a button on the centre console, a hydraulic system controls the fully automatic folding process in which the boot lid is also integrated.
This one-owner, 3,498cc engined SLK is in excellent condition and in high specification including electric seats with memory, air-conditioning, cruise control, heated seats, alloy wheels, command system which includes Sat Nav and bluetooth, CD multi-player, electric folding mirrors and park distance control. Benefitting from a Mercedes-Benz service history, this outstanding SLK drives superbly and offers the new owner the opportunity to own a sportscar that looks and drives like new. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 17th May 2015.