Although many people buy their cars to drive and use — even expensive luxury cars — some people save them for special occasions and use them only sparingly. These five Mercedes-Benz models are an excellent example of that, as all five of these 1990s Mercedes models are beautifully preserved in a way you wouldn’t expect for a vehicle that’s over 20 years old. If you’re looking for a pristine 1990s Mercedes, this list is for you.
Before Mercedes-Benz had the CL-Class or the latest S-Class Coupe, there was this: the "SEC" model, which was essentially a coupe version of the 500SE sedan — hence the "C" at the end. This body style was offered from 1992 to 1999, and early examples are tremendously hard to find in nice shape. This particular example is an especially unusual color combination, as it’s finished in two-tone blue with what appears to be a dark blue interior. It’s offered by Mira Auto Sales in Cincinnati with just 56,800 miles for $14,995.
The 1990s Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is starting to gain in value, so low-mileage examples are starting to come up for sale as owners and dealers are noticing the rise in market prices. This 1994 E320 Cabriolet is especially handsome, finished in black with a gray leather interior and just 22,000 miles. It’s offered by The Last Detail in the Chicago area for $39,000, which reflects the rising market values (and interest) in these cars.
The 1990s Mercedes-Benz SL remains a legend, as it boasts a solid feel and a classic look that makes it highly desirable even today. This particular example is really noteworthy, because it’s traveled just 8,900 miles from new — and because it features a 6.0-liter V12 powertrain that makes it more special than a regular V8-powered SL500. It’s offered by Isringhausen Imports in Springfield, Illinois, for $35,900.
The SLK was Mercedes-Benz’s attempt at a small roadster, rivaling the then-new Porsche Boxster and the BMW Z3. Sold from 1998 to 2004, the original SLK was offered with two engine options: a V6, or a supercharged 4-cylinder like this one. This SLK has been perfectly preserved, as it touts just 24,700 miles. It’s currently offered by Private Collection Motors in Orange County, California, for $11,885.