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In 1954 the German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz unveiled their newest series of grand touring cars: the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. The line was originally suggested by American automobile importer Max Hoffman. He felt there was a need in the booming post-war United States car market for a toned-down version of a Grand Prix car that appeals to well-off performance enthusiasts. And Hoffman was right, after all, for half a century later, with the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class line still going strong, this specific demographic remains the main market for these vehicles.
The “SL” designation, which stands for Super-Leicht (German for Super Light) was first introduced with the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The model, which is commonly referred to as the “Gullwing” because of its upward-opening doors, left a sizeable impression on the cultural consciousness. The car immediately became a signifier of status and affluence, with Pablo Picasso, Tony Curtis, Sophia Loren, Juan Perón, and Clark Gable among the many prominent owners of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL across the years.
The series has been consistently produced since 1954, with the main line being produced shifting every few years with updated models. The first generations, lines W198 and W121, were produced from the SL’s very start in 1954 to 1963. The following generation, the W113, was introduced in 1963 and produced all the way through 1971. The R107, the third generation of SL’s, was produced from 1971 to 1989. The next series was the R129, which was introduced in 1989 and it kept going until 2002. Then came the R230 line, which ran from 2001 to 2011 and experienced the most noticeable visual departure from the lineup.
Lastly, the current line of the Mercedes-Benz SL series is R231, the sixth generation of the lineup, was introduced in 2012 and it is still in production. To this day, it is still a formidable member of the modern grand touring car landscape.
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