Now, I'm not usually one for the whole retro thing. But I love the original 300SL and the SLS's riff on that classic theme is tastefully and tactfully done. And there's no escaping gullwing doors are just cool. A novelty. But one that never loses its charm. And though it was pitched as a sporting GT the SLS – like the original 300SL in fact – actually concealed a much harder edge than you might have suspected. That 6.2-litre V8 engine – also a clean-sheet AMG design – is one of the all-time great motors. From the aluminium spaceframe to the transaxle gearbox and low centre of gravity the SLS is superbly balanced too, albeit with a hint of ferociousness at the limit to keep you on your toes.
It seems the market has woken up too. Not so long ago on PistonHeads we had Chris Harris picking out a 4,500-mile car in the classifieds for just £90,000. We wrote about one someone had covered 100,000 miles in recently and even that was now £109,000. And the cheapest now for sale is another £30K over that. I fear I have comprehensively missed the boat but it still seems relatively good value for a car this exotic, with just 250 showing as registered in the UK.
And after some virtual tyre-kicking this is my car. Silver on red leather is a nod to the classic combo on the 300SL, it's got the desirable ceramic brake option and enough miles on the clock not to be too precious about using it. Best get in there quick…
Images courtesy of Pistonheads.