1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Roadster The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a grand touring car manufactured by Mercedes Benz since 1954. The designation SL derives from the German Sportlich-Leicht, which translates to lightweight sport. With unlimited speed limits prevalent in Europe, individuals who owned such cars could quickly travel from point A to point B. This is the true definition of grand touring, meaning traveling in luxury and style at high speed. This 1996 MB SL500 roadster for consignment is in very nice condition and very sporty. A hardtop, convertible top, and electrically operated top down give the owner 3 different cars to choose from. All full of options, including all the Mercedes tools, a hardtop carrier, a cover, plenty of power conveniences, and wrapped in red and black. Exterior Enveloped in beautiful Imperial Red, the exterior of this car presents very nicely with a few scuffs on the neoprene bumpers and evidence of bodywork that matches the very minor accident reported on the Carfax from 2012. Included is the optional hardtop in gloss black, which is electronically released and relocked on with the touch of a button. Upon its removal, you have the hardtop matching black canvas convertible which remains sight unseen when folded electronically behind the driver and passenger. Integrated body matching red bumpers, aero inserted and smoothed headlights, a swept back front glass, ribbed taillights, (theyre self-cleaning), and we have a sports car in sheeps clothing. Sunburst 16-inch alloy wheels are on all 4 corners, and the exterior package is completed with simply stated elegance. Interior Parchment leather and MB Tex, with plush padding and stitching allow the driver and passenger an almost endless array of recline, height, and stiffness options at the touch of a series of buttons on the door. These buckets have some cracking in the bolsters in their front sections. There is a storage area behind the two bucket seats, as well as a wonderfully fully lined trunk in light tan velour. Doors are lined with a tasteful mixture of light tan leather, molded vinyl, and highly lacquered burl. This burl can also be seen in the center console housing the AM/FM/Cassette player, window controls, top actuator as well as the shifter. We note a 6 CD changer tucked securely in the trunk. The dash is a beautiful complimentary tan and brown leather and molded vinyl. Analog gauges keep you informed of all major functions. A leather wrapped sport steering wheel can be adjusted to ergonomic alignment for the driver, no matter what size they are. Manually moving the shifter or simple automatic shift modes can be chosen at the drivers will and a standard and winter/wet shifting mode can be had with the flip of a toggle. Tan carpeting is fairly clean and has protective black carpeted mats on top. Drivetrain A 5.0 liter V8 drinks from an electronically controlled fuel injection system. The smooth as silk 5-speed Daimler Benz 5G Tronic automatic transmission can whisk you efficiently, or sporty down the highway all the while spinning a 2.65 geared rear axle. Undercarriage Independent front and rear suspension provide a ride that fools you into exactly how fast or slow you are really traveling. 4-wheel power disc brakes stop this luxury sports car on a dime. A peppering of road dirt and surface rust is seen on some bolts here and there, but overall clean rust-free stamped metal ground effects panels abound along with lightweight cast aluminum throughout. Drive-Ability Nice sounds not only from the engine compartment but also from the stereo system. However, I chose to listen to the engine which performed beautifully with lots of unlimited acceleration, bias free panic stopping, and handling like a sporty sedan should. A fine example from 1996 Mercedes-Benz engineering that has remained timeless. Plenty of options, and conveniences adorn this car, and the color combination with the contrast of the exterior Imperial Red and black, and the wonderful mixture of materials all in the light tan/light brown color way for the interior. Sport luxury can be yours right here at the Classic Auto Mall.