As Mercedes-Benz’s range has grown over the years, the positioning of some of its models has become increasingly blurred. It’s the classic conundrum of offering buyers as much choice as possible without having your own models competing with each other.
It’s a consistent problem for Mercedes because it has the largest number of different body styles on sale in the UK, at 28 (including all estate and coupé variants of existing models). That’s not counting the enormous variety of powertrains and trims on offer, including various faster and more hardcore AMG variants.
Alongside other market factors, the proliferation has had an effect on the prominence of cars such as the SL. The iconic roadster has evolved throughout its 64-year history from a racing-inspired sporting model to a flagship luxury GT. In that time it has been a coupé with gullwing doors, a fabric-roofed convertible, and more recently, has featured a folding metal hard-top