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Mercedes 230SL – West 23rd Street, NYC

January 4th, 2010 by Ian

Benz1We’re not naïve to the fact that advancements in comfort, safety, reliability, performance and quality inevitably add heft and complexity to vehicle designs over time. And we know new cars are worlds apart from the classics in every measurable way. With that being said, today’s Mercedes SL550 sure has come a long way since the days of this 1960s 230SL we spotted on West 23rd in Chelsea. Outside of modern gadgetry like a retractable hard top, Active Body Control and the multifunction COMAND interface, it’s about 10 inches longer, nearly 1,400 pounds heavier and cost about $80,000 more than the pretty little roadster produced from 1963 to 1967. And the modest (150 HP) 2.3L Inline 6 operated with 4 forward gears has been replaced by a more powerful (382 HP) 5.5L V8 operated with 7-speed tranny. It seems the true spiritual successor to this elemental little roadster is more SLK than SL. Weigh in below…Benz2Benz3Benz4Benz5Benz6

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