Thirteen Jalopnik Writers Own A Total Of 41 Cars, Trucks And Motorcycles
I love this stupid car so much. Despite the amount of money I’ve spent keeping it going over my three-and-a-bit years of ownership, every single time I drive it I get reminded how wonderful it is.
Oh, and I’ve never taken the hard top off. I don’t really like convertibles – I rarely even drive with the windows down – and I’m terrified of the hydraulically operated soft top failing and costing me additional thousands to fix. So my 300SL is strictly a coupe. It looks better that way anyway. – DG
Bradley Brownell – 1991 Cadillac Allanté
After many thousands of dollars put into the car, some of which was to fix ridiculous maintenance mistakes done by previous owners like an epoxy-covered headgasket, my SL is finally running exceptionally well. There are still a handful of old-German-car problems, like a broken odometer, busted power headrests and some loose trim pieces, but I’ve got no qualms about taking my wonderful roadster on a long road trip.
This is my 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which I bought back in the spring of 2021 about a year after moving to Los Angeles. I didn’t care about getting something especially sporty – if I want to hit the canyons, I’ll take whatever press car I’ve got – instead going for a car that is perfectly suited to a drive along the Malibu coastline or getting groceries in the city. Paramount to my decision-making was that my car had to be flashy and unique, which my SL certainly is thanks to its two-tone teal paint, gold pinstripes, chrome wheels and gold badges. (The (heart)MYSLMB plate came with the car, too.)
Sometimes you just have terrible luck buying a car. I flew to North Carolina to buy this car and drive it home. A quarter mile from my driveway it decided it didn’t want to run right anymore, and I’ve been chasing the problem for almost two years. I had big plans for this thing, but these days it mostly just sits in storage and pisses me off. – BB