The Best Mercedes Convertible Models of All-Time

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There are many reasons why people buy a Mercedes convertible. For some it is status, for others, it is the sheer joy of being able to cruise down the highway with the wind blowing through their hair. Whatever your reason might be, there are plenty of models to choose from in this article. Let’s start by taking a look at what was popular during each decade: 

The 1950s

Mercedes 190SL:


There is a reason why the Mercedes SL has been called the most successful sports car of all time, and that can be seen in its design. The first iteration was introduced to the public as a coupe version of the luxury sedan W121.

Mercedes 220S:


Introduced as an upscale version of the 170 series, the power from this car’s inline-six-cylinder engine made it ideal for long drives on curvy roads across Europe. Even today there are still plenty of these driving around Germany, both as daily drivers and fully restored classics to drive on sunny days.

Mercedes 190D:

For those who wanted to have a classic convertible but didn’t have much money or simply wanted to save on gas, the 190D was a perfect option. It used a diesel engine that made it one of the most fuel-efficient convertibles of its time.

The 1960s

Mercedes 230SL:

The 230SL was the first roadster from Mercedes-Benz to feature an automatic transmission and power steering. It also became popular for being easy to maintain, making it a good choice for those who didn’t have much mechanical experience.

Mercedes 280SL:

The 280SL was named for its engine displacement, which displaced 2.8 liters. This was also the first model to offer air conditioning as an optional extra, showing how luxury convertible models were starting to become more and more high-tech during this decade.

Mercedes 280SE:

The best thing about the 280SE was that it had a powerful 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine, making it ideal for cruising down Highway 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco in comfort.

The 1970s

Mercedes 450SL:

In many ways, this car can be seen as one of the most luxurious options from Mercedes during the 1970s, and it is still regarded as one of their finest luxury convertibles ever made. It used a 5-liter V8 that produced 275 horsepower, which allowed drivers to experience high speeds with ease – not bad at all for a convertible back in those days.

Mercedes Benz 350SLC:

Now here’s an interesting model: the 350SLC. It was essentially a rebadged version of the 450SL that used a smaller engine, making it less luxurious but also a bit more affordable for those who wanted the Mercedes experience on a budget.

Mercedes SLC:

The SLC was the replacement for the 350SLC and featured an updated design as well as a new engine. It was available in both coupe and convertible versions, giving drivers more choice when it came to what they wanted their car to look like.

The 1980s

Mercedes 380SL:

Introduced in 1981, this model represented a big change for Mercedes-Benz as it was their first convertible to feature a V8 engine. This made it one of the most powerful convertibles on the market at the time and helped it to become a popular choice for those who wanted a luxurious driving experience.

Mercedes 500SL:

The 500SL was the successor to the 380SL and used an even more powerful engine, making it one of the fastest convertibles on the road. It also featured updated styling that made it stand out from the competition.

Mercedes 560SL:

The 560SL was the top-of-the-line convertible from Mercedes-Benz during this decade and featured all the bells and whistles that drivers could want. This included air conditioning, power steering, and a powerful 5.6-liter V8 engine that made it perfect for long drives down the highway.

The 1990s

Mercedes S600:

The S600 was the most luxurious convertible available from Mercedes-Benz during the 1990s and featured all the latest technology that they had to offer. This included things like airbags, anti-lock brakes, and a six-disc CD changer.

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