Junkyard Gem: 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230

For much more than 20 decades, the individuals in Stuttgart designed sporty roadsters based on the C-Course chassis, ultimately killing off the SLC through the 2020 product 12 months. The to start with of these automobiles to get there on our shores was the SLK 230, which debuted here as a 1998 model. Its retractable hardtop set up a trend for convertibles that only lately has finished as their complexity and weight (not to mention extensive-term servicing) weren’t truly worth whichever gains they possessed about more and more enhanced fabric roofs. Just about a quarter-century later, here is a person of those people ’98s, photographed in a San Francisco Bay Space self-company yard.

For 2001, the SLK 320 and its V6 engine turned available listed here, but the U.S.-market place SLKs for 1998-2000 have been all 230s.

This 2.3-liter supercharged inline-four created 190 horsepower, which is about what the six-cylinder BMW Z3 generated. You could get this car or truck with a handbook transmission, but this just one (like nearly all U.S.-marketplace SLKs) has the automatic.

These engines are much easier to locate now than when I wrote the definitive guideline to inexpensive junkyard superchargers, so I’ll have to have to pull just one and understand its techniques.

These pink-and-black leather seats are very snazzy.

Afterwards on, DaimlerChrysler made use of this vehicle as the basis for the Chrysler Crossfire, which was out there for the 2004-2008 model many years (just after the SLK had gone to a new system).

Peter Pan demonstrates up with a new SLK and you can fly yet again!