Used 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL500 for sale in Ft Worth, TX
Mercedes has always shown a knack for creating cars that withstand the test of time unusually well - not just in terms of running condition but also in terms of aesthetics. This 1998 Mercedes 500SL Convertible is no exception. It's a great looking German drop top that's sporting fresh V8 power under its hood to go along with an impressive collection of maintenance records as proof of the good care it's received over the years.
With its low-slung stance and sharply angled windshield, this is a thoroughly stylish ride. While the black shade it wears can often be a mixed bag - the color looks great when there are no serious blemishes to pull focus but tends to amplify them if they are present - in this case it's a decided plus, adding even more curb appeal to a classic looking convertible possessing more than its fair share of it already. You won't find evidence of any notable mishaps here - the paint presents well, with the black coloring setting off the chrome rims sitting below nicely. Up front, the distinctive Mercedes emblem sits in a ramrod straight front grille between a pair of Xenon headlights that carry nice, clear lenses. Mercedes don't generally carry a lot of chrome, but what you will encounter here - the front and back emblems, as well as the badging proclaiming upper crust, 500 series status - is all in sharp condition. With the top down, the upholstered roll bar really adds to the look, and when it comes time to seek protection from the elements, there's both a black cloth convertible top as well as a nicely fitted, matching accessory hardtop to call on.
Open the door, climb inside and your self-image is bound to climb a few notches. It's not just about the Mercedes name - though that's an undeniable motivator in itself - the gray leather interior on display here is really nice. The bucket seats may show a little bit of wear, but they've held their distinctive shape well and offer a nice balance of comfort and support suited for more spirited driving. There's certainly no shortage of comfort features on board here - you'll find very strong air conditioning, heated power seats, a tilt column, cruise control, power door locks and power windows all at your disposal. The trunk area in back doesn't extend far forward into the cabin, but it makes up for it in depth to provide welcome usable space. There are also plenty of audio options on hand - there's a 6 CD changer to go along with the AM/FM/Cassette stereo.
With under 45,000 miles on the factory replacement 5.0 liter V8 sitting under the hood, it's got a bright future with plenty of miles in front of it. It's a strong powerplant, good for 315 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque, and it teams with a smooth-shifting 4 speed automatic overdrive transmission to make this import a lot of fun to drive. An impressive array of new parts has been added, including new suspension components, new motor and transmission mounts and a new radiator, so it's got road-readiness on a par with its great looks. The 500SL's low profile combines with responsive power steering - yet another hallmark of Mercedes engineering - to make it a blast to drive, while 4-wheel power disc brakes provide all the stopping power needed as it turns heads on its set of 16" stock Mercedes rims wrapped with Ventus tires in front and Hankooks in back.
This 1998 Mercedes 500SL Convertible offers the rare opportunity to own a well-equipped, very well documented premium convertible that also possesses plenty of power and style at a very nice price. Call today!
Ft Worth, Texas
Streetside Classics - Dallas / Fort Worth
Ft Worth, TX 76137