1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230


  • Very tidy early supercharged SLK
  • Fully functional electric folding hardtop
  • Genuine mileage
  • Full leather and heated seats


The original ‘R170’ SLK is an up-and-coming modern classic, thanks in no small part to its visionary, trendsetting “VarioRoof”.

With power-operated retractable hardtops offering greater stiffness, comfort and refinement than traditional soft-top roadsters, it had all the benefits of a coupé but with the open-top appeal of a sporty roadster when needed. 

If that wasn’t interesting enough, the 200 and 230 ‘Kompressor’ models featured superchargers – Mercedes-Benz joining Jaguar in pursuing the more traditional method of forced induction, delivering a pleasing engine note as well as lively performance. 

This one is an SLK 230 from early on in the model’s production life. A genuine 83,000-mile car, it has been well looked after and comes with some history, along with a long MOT valid until August 2024

It’s presented in smart and original order throughout.

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  • UK V5C
  • MOT August 2024
  • Original book pack and dealer documents
  • Supplied new by Western Group Mercedes-Benz in Edinburgh on August 1, 1998, making it one of the very first S-plate cars
  • Stamped Mercedes-Benz service book, most recently at 79k miles in 2019
  • Invoice for one more service since
  • Factory build sheet
  • Mercedes-Benz Certificate of Conformity
  • Small selection of old MOTs and past invoices


  • Smart black leather with minimal wear – very slight rubbing to piping on driver’s seat bolster
  • Carbon-effect centre console and trim inserts
  • Heated seats
  • Electric windows 
  • Cruise control
  • Original toolkit and first aid kit
  • All dials and controls work as intended
  • Some wear to trim around handbrake grip
  • Optional Mercedes-Benz clip-in wind deflector
  • Heater blower fan not currently working on all but first setting, but heater and air con work and deliver hot and cold air
  • Modern Pioneer CD/USB stereo with great sound quality


  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • All original paint
  • VarioRoof in perfect working order
  • Original factory alloys with some signs of ageing, but perfectly presentable
  • One very minor scuff on passenger side sill and very light rub mark on NS/F wing
  • Small amount of bubbling on offside front wing
  • Panels are all straight and free of dents or major marks 
  • Small amount of paint fade on OS/F front wing
  • Some very small bubbles under paint on both rear quarters and on bootlid (see photos)
  • Seemingly solid underneath – no signs of previous welding
  • Remote central locking currently not functional meaning you have to use key or internal lock/unlock button
  • Handful of touched-in stone chips including one quite large one on the bonnet
  • MOT advisory for corroded under body strut brace, since cleaned, inspected and treated
  • Four good quality branded tyres with lots of tread
  • Dealer option mudflaps


  • 2.3-litre 4-cyl supercharged
  • Five-speed auto transmission
  • Vendor reports that car drives without fault and he has been using it regularly, so mileage may increase slightly before sale concludes
  •  Holds a steady temperature and good oil pressure 
  • Steering, brakes and suspension all appear very good with no obvious faults
  • Sub-eight seconds 0-60mph with charming induction noise and exhaust note


Mercedes-Benzes of the 1990s are finding their feet in the classic car market at the moment, so the R170 SLK is already an appreciating modern classic partly because it’s a Mercedes sports car – always a popular choice – but also because it’s such an important model in motoring history. The SLK was an innovator. A car that many went on to imitate but which none bettered. 

The difficulty these days is finding a good one – they’re few and far between, especially as some early cars were plagued by rust problems. But this one is a really straight and tidy example with low miles, while at the same time being a pretty, fun and usable modern classic sports car. There’s a lot to like. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1998
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SLK 230
  • Colour Brilliant Silver
  • Odometer 83,300 Miles
  • Engine size 2298
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Chatteris
  • Location Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
18 bids
  • We•••• £1,700 17/09/23
  • ol•••• £1,600 17/09/23
  • We•••• £1,550 17/09/23
  • ol•••• £1,450 17/09/23
  • We•••• £1,350 17/09/23
  • ol•••• £1,250 17/09/23
  • We•••• £1,150 17/09/23
  • ol•••• £1,050 15/09/23
  • bo•••• £950 15/09/23
  • bo•••• £850 15/09/23

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