Mercedes started production of the R129 SL in 1992. That generation lasted 10 years in the US, but the company never offered Americans a truly high-performance variant. So if you wanted the extremely rare SL 72 AMG model that debuted in 1995 – powered by a 7.1-liter V12 and good for 500 horsepower – you’d have to take up residence in Germany. But it’s been 25 years since production of the SL 72 AMG started overseas, so now is the time to import the high-performance SL of your dreams. Or you can wait two years for the even more-powerful SL 73.

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