Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
One of the many wonderful things about the R129 SL500 is that there's still a bunch of nice low-mileage specimens out there, i.e., it's not so old that a 40,000-mile car is a once-a-month find.
I don't know about you, but I can't think of a better way to spend $17,500.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
I've got a car-guy uncle by marriage—let's call him "Brillo," because that's what my aunt (his sister-in-law) calls him—who introduced me to the joys of V8 power 20 years ago in his first-generation Infiniti Q45...and now drives a 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500, black like mine, with about 140,000 miles on it, roughly 100k of which have come on his watch.
In other words, the man loves him some 500 Benz, which is why I immediately sent this ad his way.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
No, that's not the 500 Benz.
What it is, is a top-of-the-line German luxury/performance car that cost less to buy new than the 500 Benz and is now worth about three times more.
Monday, January 14th, 2013
Found this here 500 Benz at Kapa International, a purveyor of "airplanes, yachts and automobiles" over on the Westside.
What's remarkable about this specimen is that it's a 1998...with the same mileage as my car when I bought it...and the asking price is almost double what I paid.
Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Good thing this guy is a TV actor. Not just anyone can afford to pour $30,000 into a '97 SL500, let alone "buy a new one."
Monday, January 7th, 2013
So the other day, when I pointed out to a friend who's shopping for a mid-2000s G500 that his 5,400-pound monstrosity would actually have less power and torque than my 500 Benz, he retorted, "Whatever, if you say anything about it I'll just push your wife's car into the LA river."
Which reminded me of a wonderful Cars.com classified ad that I came across last fall.
Friday, January 4th, 2013
"...come up to your job, hit you while you're workin', for certain, Poppa freakin', not speakin'..." -- Notorious B.I.G., "Hypnotize"
Except Biggie's automotive muse in that song was actually the "Lexus LX four and a half." Apparently he didn't know about the 500 Benz's Persian Rug option.
Saturday, December 29th, 2012
Well, that's not quite right; this one turned up well after I'd bought my car, so it was a moot point.
But I'm not the only one who spends endless hours searching the classifieds for a better example than the one he just bought...right?
Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
That's what Mercedes Mark said when I sent him this link.
Seriously: a one-owner, clean-title, low-mileage, 315-horsepower 500 Benz for seven grand?!
Welcome, new Benzito!
No. Spam. Ever.