1997 Mercedes-Benz SL 320 3.2 from UK and Ireland
A 70 grand convertible for £7k - buy one!
Nothing serious has gone wrong with this car; probably down to the fact that they were massively over engineered when they were designed and built, and mine has been looked after by its previous owners.
I've replaced the battery and some worn front suspension parts - thanks to 97000 miles on British roads with potholes and speed bumps. There's no rust as long as you keep on top of the stone chips, and the engine and gearbox seem bombproof.
It's no M3 away from the lights, but wafting around with the top down in the summer is what it's all about with these cars.
Mine's the facelift 320 with a nice quiet straight six. It rumbles along nicely, and gets a bit throaty when you hoof it. They also handle very surefooted, thanks to the wide track and low centre of gravity.
The 320 does about 26 MPG, and 29/30 on a run.
In the 1990's SL's cost a fortune, starting at about 60k to 80 grand if you bought loads of extras.
Tip - get one with the glass hardtop, fab!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2012