1994 Mercedes Benz SL500
There is absolutely no comparison between the two cars. The C5 was my 4th* Corvette and it was superb. I never took it over 150 mph but could have easily gone faster because the reserve power indicator said I could. I was on a decomposing part of HY 8 (Driving east from SD to El Centro on a business trip) and it was like driving at that speed on loose gravel and the car began to skate a bit so I decided that 150 was enough. It had superb handling and stability.
I used to be invited to an annual Corvette session when I was still living in California and was able to drive one on a water slick surface. I did hit one pylon but did stop before hitting anything solid. Then a professional driver took me around the course and I was sort of like being in a NASCAR race. He did things I couldn't have done. At one of the events I met Larry Shinoda of Williams and Shinoda. They were an independent company at one time. If you don't recognize the name, just look him up.
Some time later I was in the middle of one serious accident in California before I bought the SL from my son-in-law. I was driving peacefully on the 3rd lane of a 4 lane highway. (I am counting from the center/left lane). I saw a sequence of brake lights in lane one up ahead and thought I was completely safe, but I was wrong. Cars were spinning all around and one hit my front and moved me over one lane. The car stabilized itself in the new lane and I was feeling fine but then I was hit from behind and knocked up an off ramp where I went half way through a Toyota pickup. (no one in the passenger seat of the Toyota). Of all the cars in this event the Vette was the only car that didn't have to be towed. I took it to a dealer and they completely stripped it and only replaced one structural member, a cross frame up front. It had only a 1/2" dent in it and I said to ignore it but they replaced it anyhow. The Vette did not need a front-end wheel alignment after that event. I have pictures of the car at various stages of rebuild and it's clearly superbly built. The final step was paint. DuPont sent a rep down to San Diego from LA to supervise (or maybe do, not sure) the final paint job. The car was just like new. If anyone wants to see what a Vette looks like when naked just sent an email address and I will send pictures.
Now, my son-in-law had this 1998 SL500 and I was impressed with the brand so I sold the Vette and bought the SL and now you know why I am on this forum. I really appreciate the forum for all the help it has given me and will stay here to keep the SL and ML running. Now long retired at 88 and living on a retirement budget I need to do as much maintenance on the two cars as I am able and the forum has saved me a lot of money. Finally, and I don't mean this in a cruel way, I have spent more money and effort on the 1999 ML320 (bought new) and the 1998 SL500 than I did in owning 12 years of Corvettes. Actually, thinking back and looking at my car folders, I didn't pay for any repairs on any of the Corvettes, just oil, lube, etc.
*I didn't actually buy 4 Corvettes. The insurance company bought one for me after one was lost in a house fire so I really paid for only 3.
I owned a 89 C4 even took a trip to the Corvette museum before the structural collapse. Traded it for a 1986 500SL. I too am recently retired so my fun money is very limited.
When I bought this car I was looking at vettes also. I couldn't turn this one down. One owner, under 100k miles, nice interior, everything works, even the remote rear view mirror control.
I love the car I just would like a vette.