For more than 20 years, the people of Stuttgart have built sporty roadstars based on the C-Class chassis, finally closing the SLC in 2020 model year. The first of our shore cars was the SLK 230, which debuted here as a 1998 model. Its retractable hardtops have established a trend for convertibles that have recently ended because their complexity and weight (not to mention long-term maintenance) are not worth the advantage they had over an increasingly improved fabric roof. Nearly a quarter of a century later, here is one of those ’98 photographs taken at the San Francisco Bay Area Self-Service Yard.
For 2001, the SLK 320 and its V6 engine were available here, but for 1998-2000 the US-market SLKs were 230’s.
This 2.3-liter supercharged inline-four produces 190 horsepower, which makes it a six-cylinder BMW Z3. You can get this car with a manual transmission, but it has automatic (like almost all US-market SLKs).
These engines are easier to find now than when I wrote the specific guide for the cheap Junkyard Supercharger, so I have to pull one off and learn its secrets.
These red-black leather seats are quite glamorous.
Later, Daimler Chrysler used the car as the basis for the Chrysler Crossfire, which was available for the 2004-2008 model year (after SLK moved to a new platform).
Peter Pan shows up with a new SLK and You can fly again!