If your father bought a Mercedes SL back in the sixties, all you need to do is preserve it, because you won’t be needing a finer motorcar, ever.

Paul Bracq’s brilliant design is absolutely timeless, and the technical underpinnings are equally perfect since the SL was born when Mercedes-Benz was really at the top of their game.

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Growing up with one in the family is always a good conversation starter, and if your government changes the rules and makes sure the number of classic cars on the road is only going to decline in the future, you’re pretty much obligated to keep your favorites alive by driving them as much as possible.

Because you can always import parts.

What car did you keep for yourself after inheriting it from your parents?

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