The magic of convertibles will never get lost on us, especially when it’s coupled with German engineering. We believe it’s in being one with nature, in truly having the opportunity to have the sky as your headroom. It’s truly no wonder why convertible owners choose to go top down for as long as possible. The unexplainable thrill of being able to feel your speed is enough to sell most people to buying a Mercedes convertible, and that’s besides the fact that it’s a Mercedes after all. Out of the many convertibles currently in the market, we’ve selected the top five Mercedes convertible models of all-time.
5. 1967 Mercedes Benz 250 SL Convertible
For many, the 60s were the pinnacle of convertible manufacturing. There’s something about the designs of the cars then that set them apart from all the subsequent convertibles that Mercedes ever made. Some consider the 60s Pagoda line to be better than the 300 SLR when it comes to reliability, but we’re not sure if we would ever take it that far. Still, the 250 SL roadster is a force in its own right with its capability of 170 hp and speeds of up to 124 mph. That’s really all you’ll ever need to enjoy a cruise down the road. If you do it with a 1967 250 SL, just know that you’ll be doing it in style.
4. 1955 Mercedes Benz 190SL Convertible
This car definitely has a lot of similarities to its grandfather—the convertible on top of this list. With the 300SLR as inspiration, the 190SL was made with smaller and cheaper in mind, so it’s made with a much lighter frame using a shortened sedan platform. It also takes the independent rear suspension with it from the SLR. While this convertible was Mercedes’ effort in a lower price point sports car, it doesn’t really spell sporty when you look at it. It does remind you of a boulevardier vehicle the way only Mercedes could pull off.
3. 1970 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet Convertible
Beautiful and sleek, this car easily represents everything that’s luxurious about Mercedes, especially their line of convertibles. This particular convertible is only one of only 68 RHD models ever made, which adds to its desirability in every way. At the time of its original production the 280SE was the fastest and most expensive convertible. This particular restored vehicle was expected to collect at least $399k at auction. It took five years to restore this Mercedes convertible into what it is now. With no nuts or bolts left unturned, this restoration definitely brought this classic back to its former glory. There’s no other car that exists today that comes even close to the likeness of this 280SE Cabriolet.
2. 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG GT Roadster Convertible
AMG for Mercedes has always meant top of the line performance, and there’s proof of that in the 2017 AMG GT roadster. It’s probably currently the favorite among modern Mercedes convertibles for many reasons. With 469 hp and other improved specs to boost, there’s something even in the design of the car that sets it apart. It drives and feels like a sports car with its instantaneous acceleration and turbocharged V8. To top it off, you can outfit this vehicle with a performance exhaust that will help you announce your presence to your entire neighborhood. It’ll also go 0 to 60 in about 3.6 seconds, so that’s also a statement enough for most people. This convertible is probably one of the best sports cars you could ever buy given the balance it has in all its attributes.
1. 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SLR
This is a no-brainer for many car aficionados. This is one of Mercedes’ most iconic and historic cars. The 300 SLR won the 1955 World Sportscar Championship before it crashed and caught fire at Le Mans. Only 9 300 SLRs were ever made, and two out of that nine were converted into 300 SLR/300 SL hybrids. In its time, the 300 SLR was the fastest road car with capabilities of going up to 180 mph. Some still consider this to be the greatest sports racing car ever built, and its history definitely gives it a story like no other. No car like it was ever made afterwards, and we’re sure that none will ever be made like it in the future.