With the possibility of acquiring an SLK320, the 1997 SL500 I've owned for a good 4+ years may be up for sale. I'm curious as to the interest there may or may not be, hence the "Feeler" rather than a full-blown for sale offer. Anyway, here are the details:
Purchased in December of 2013
Full records from my ownership serviced per MB recommendations
Updated staggered SLK wheels and tires
Rebuilt hydraulics from Top Hydraulics
Aluminum oiler tubes, new chain guards
Headlight wipers removed, blank trim plates in place
Blaupunkt head unit, original BOSE system intact
Black top in perfect condition, rarely used
Sound deadening material added to roof of hard top
Stainless steel brake lines on rear brakes
Akebono front pads
New battery a few months ago
Blower motor controller replaced
Rebuilt top controller from BBA-Reman
Professionally tinted windows
Original "switchblade" key fob, hard key with chip
Crack in plastic trim panel behind right front wheel (I have a good panel for replacement, needs to be painted to match)
Low oil level indicator is intermittent
Wear on driver's left seat bolster
Passenger side exterior mirror motor needs replacement
I've owned the car for four years and it's been one of the most trouble-free cars I've ever owned. Other than regular maintenance, the amount of repairs I've had to perform on this car have been minimal at best. With the later SLK wheels on it the car drives like it's on rails. The top is like new, as it's rarely used. The wife drives the car and prefers it with the hard top on, so I have to remove it a couple times a year and run the soft top up and down to keep things functional.
It's been a great car, and if I liked to drive it (I don't) I would just mothball it for some future use.
I'm thinking it's worth $4000 in the present condition. I would probably ask a little more if it goes soon the local retail market, which is better than most for convertibles being I live in Florida.
Pictures can be seen here from a while ago, along with the current photos below.
1997 SL500 Photos
If you're interested or have questions, drop me a PM and we'll chat.