A new generation roadster, the SLK Class was introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1997. Designated the R170 platform, its acronym meant Sportlich, Leicht, Kurz (sporty, light and compact). Aimed at the competing Porsche Boxster and BMW Z3, the SLK was named one of the Ten Best by Car & Driver. A nifty feature was its retractable hard top, which preceded those of Peugeot, Lexus, Pontiac and Chrysler.
For 2005, the SLK got some new bodywork and more power. Designated R171, it was offered with 1,796 cc supercharged four and V-6s of 2,996 and 3,498 cc, both normally aspirated. Both automatic and manual transmissions received an additional speed, to seven and six, respectively. Car & Driver put it through a four-car comparison test, giving it a full “10” for handling and marveling that it “nips the heels of a Porsche.”
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
268 bhp, 3,498 cc dual-overhead cam V-6 engine, seven-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel coil spring independent suspension, and four-wheel anti-lock power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"
Source: RM Auctions