1990 Mercedes 300 SL Manual Details
CAR AND DRIVER MAGAZINE: “Mercedes sold fewer than 200 three-pedal 300SLs before the model was replaced by the automatic-only SL320 in 1994. No SLs have offered a stick since“
immaculate – never smoked in – garage kept
1990 Mercedes 300SL Convertible Roadster with MANUAL 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION
## This car has been in our family for about 17 years, so contact if interested. I will be happy to tell you anything.
Fully loaded incredibly clean, always maintained, 2 owner SL. It currently has 73k miles on the odometer, but you wouldn’t know from looking at the vehicle. The interior is also in excellent condition, the plush leather seats are very comfortable without any tears or wear. Take a look at all the pictures below. The interior and car looks to be in the condition of a couple year old car that has been garage kept and pampered. This beautiful car has always been meticulously maintained its whole life.
Again, look at the pictures. I can not do the car justice with words. Watch the top go up and down in the videos. Listen to the motor purr down the road in videos.
Walking around the vehicle you see the beautiful glossy paint on a straight rust free body. The alloy wheels are in great condition, as well are the tires. The car was originally from Maryland, and then spent the largest portion of its life resting in a nice garage in Richmond, Virginia when it was not being enjoyed on a regular basis.
The engine fires right up and sounds great. Listen to the car shift through its gears in the videos. The transmission feels and shifts as it should. Turn up the sound. There are no funny noises or clunks anywhere. No smoke from the engine or leaks. This car has been maintained as well as any could have been maintained by only the best mechanic specializing in Mercedes, or the Mercedes Dealer. The brakes stop as they should. It is in superb mechanical shape.
The Mercedes SL is fully loaded with many standard features. #See the picture below of the original window sticker. Some standard safety features include: rare 5-speed manual transmission, driver and passenger airbags SRS, light-alloy wheels, anti-theft alarm w/ radio theft deterrent, interior central locking system, power-assisted steering, cruise control, automatic climate control, electrically operated windows, electric heated rear window on hardtop, fully independent suspension, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, ABS anti-lock braking system, am/fm stereo radio with cassette, high-performance sound system, electric adjustable front seats, and head restraints, electrically adjustable steering column, leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery, halogen head, and fog lamps, original equipment Mercedes first aid kit.
See pictures of the included hardtop.
Paint and Upholstery – 122 – Pearl Grey Metallic , 271 – Black Leather
Optional Equipment – wind deflector
Note the pop-up or manually up roll bar on this model Mercedes SL.
Everything works on this time warp of a car: the keyless entry remote is included, cold air conditioning and working heat, correct working power seats, cruise control, power windows go up and down properly,
Car and Driver Magazine: “When we think about the modern Mercedes brand, “offers stick shifts” isn’t really something that springs to mind. But there is a notable recent exception: the early-’90s 300SL. Mercedes redesigned its top-of-the-line SL roadster in 1989 for the 1990 model year, and the most attention—from shoppers and reviewers alike—went to the V-8–powered, automatic-only 500SL. Mercedes sold fewer than 200 three-pedal 300SLs before the model was replaced by the automatic-only SL320 in 1994. No SLs have offered a stick since
Vehicle Highlights After 18 years in its prior form, a new SL two-passenger roadster debuted for 1990, with a choice of two engines. The 300SL used a 228-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. A 5.0-liter V8, producing 322 horsepower, went into the 500SL. Each engine had dual-overhead camshafts and a four-valve-per-cylinder configuration. Built on a new rear-wheel-drive platform with a 99-inch wheelbase, the two-seater’s body was 4.3 inches shorter overall than its predecessor. Both models were heavier, too. The 300SL weighed 458 pounds more than the previous model, while the new 500SL tipped the scales at 265 pounds more than the former 560SL. Both versions of Mercedes’ luxury coupe/convertible came with a removable aluminum hardtop as well as a power soft top. A five-speed manual transmission was standard in the 300SL, with five-speed automatic optional. The 500SL came only with a four-speed automatic transmission. Safety was a major design factor in the new convertibles. A rollover bar was designed to flip into position between the seats when needed. Made of foam-covered steel tubing, the bar lay flush with the rear tonneau cover, ready to deploy within 0.3 seconds if sensors detected an impending rollover incident. The bar could be raised and lowered via a dashboard button if desired. Antilock braking also was standard.