Mercedes-Benz took the world by surprise at the 1996 Turin Motor Show when it revealed its SLK model. Featuring a electro-hydraulic folding metal roof, this small two-seat roadster could be a coupe or convertible, depending on the driver’s mood and wishes. With the SLK, which stood for Sporty Light Roadster (sportlich leicht kurz in German), drivers were treated to the quieter and more secure experience of a proper metal-roofed coupe, as well as the ability to fully drop the top and enjoy a true convertible experience when desired. The first generation, called the R170 was named North American Car of the Year for 1997. This is a 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK320 from New Jersey with just 33,000 miles on the clock. It comes with two keys and the seller reports that the car is clean inside and out.
The SLK’s styling was penned by Michael Mauer and Murat Gunak, and it is a pert little roadster with a compact outlook. This 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK320 features a Firemist Red Metallic paintwork and rolls on a set of 16” silver Mercedes-Benz alloys with Michelin tires. Headlight yellowing is a common issue with the R170, but this example hasn’t suffered from the problem as the pictures show, and the seller reports that they are crystal clear. The interior is in a Charcoal and Copper color scheme, with 8-way power adjustable leather seats, dual-zone climate control and the original Mercedes-Benz radio. Velour SLK floor mats are included as well, and the aforementioned electro-hydraulic roof is operated via switches in the center console and takes less than thirty seconds to open or close.
The R170 SLK came with a range of gasoline engines and this 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK320 is equipped with the largest engine that was offered in non-AMG SLKs, the M112 3.2L (196ci) V6. The engine put out 215hp and 229 lb ft to the rear wheels via a 5G-Tronic five-speed automatic transmission with Sport and Winter modes. Zero to sixty is rated at 6.9 seconds with a top speed just north of 150mph. This car has had its AC recently recharged, and a new battery has been installed.