The Mercedes-Benz SL is the perfect cruiser. No matter which generation you're into, it makes a great drop-top for enjoying a quick trip to the corner store, a cross-country tour, or anything in between. But the coolest SL ever made isn't a very good cruiser. It doesn't even have a convertible top. But what it can do is go around a race track quicker than almost anything, and hit nearly 200 mph. What I'm talking about, of course, is the SL65 AMG Black Series. There's . You should buy it.
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This Black Series SL is one of just 175 examples built for the US, according to the seller. It remains the most powerful SL ever built, sporting a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 making 661 horsepower and a massive 738 lb.-ft. of torque. All that thrust gets to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 mph happens in just 3.6 seconds, and top speed is electronically limited to 199 mph. Unlike every other modern SL, there's no convertible top—it's a fixed-roof coupe. There's also a big splitter out front, huge vented fender flares, and holes in the hood to draw out heat from the engine bay. This particular 2009 model has just 9200 miles on the clock, and includes the optional high-rise rear wing.
When it was new, the SL65 Black Series had an MSRP of $300,000—over $100,000 more than the next most expensive model. That puts into perspective. Still, that's a lot of money for a decade-old Mercedes SL without a convertible top. Would you fork over the cash?