Monday February 4, 2019
In the third of our ‘Modern Classic Monday’ series, we speak to Charlie North, our PR Manager, and hear her pick, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.
My first memory of the SLK was when I was around 13 years old. My mum came to pick me up from school in her new car that had been delivered that day and I remember thinking, wow. It was a dark blue colour, had leather seats and the roof was down.
It was glistening in the spring sun and looked absolutely fantastic, I was instantly hooked. My mum and I then drove through the picturesque and windy roads of Surrey, singing our hearts out to Shania Twain (yes, I was a fan!) and enjoyed the two seater sport coupe in all its glory! The SLK stayed with us for three years in total and I’d still love to own one myself to this day.
SLK stands for ‘Sportlich, Leicht und Kurz’, which in English, translates to ‘Sporty, Light, and Short’. It is a car that’s associated with engineering novelty and has gone through three generations in its history. We had one of the first generation (R170) models which were the first hardtop convertibles Mercedes-Benz ever built. They were produced from 1996 to 2004, whilst the second generation (R171) came between 2004/2005 and 2010 with the current version (R172) first coming out in 2011/2012.
Lancaster Insurance has over 30 years’ experience arranging insurance for a wide range of Mercedes and are able to offer cover for both classic and modern models. We’re constantly developing our products and services to ensure that we can offer enthusiast competitive premiums and if you are a member of a Mercedes Club, you are eligible for up to 25% off.
The great news is that insurance premiums for these little sports cars might be much cheaper than you think:
1999 Mercedes SLK 2.3 - £2,000 - £101.37 or £119.37 with Agreed Valuation
2006 Mercedes SLK 1.8 SLK 200 - £5,000 - £134.00
2012 Mercedes SLK 200 - £13,000 - £136.49
Quotes are based on 45-year old male, second vehicle. It’s garaged, covers 3000 miles a year and lives in an SP2 postcode. He has no claims or convictions, is a club member, and is employed as a marketing manager.
Disclaimer: Policy benefits, features and discounts offered may vary between insurance schemes or cover selected and are subject to underwriting criteria. An additional charge may be payable.