The Ockhuisen Collection:
The first decade of the twenty-first century
The twenty-first century. The R230 generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class was introduced at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show and 2001 Bologna Motor Show, replacing the R129.
SLR McLaren 2004/2008.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a supper sports car collaboratively developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Cars, motivated by the success in the Formula-1 Championships of the McLaren-Mercedes team (1998 & 1999, Mika Häkkinen). The SLR McLaren is often seen as the best of Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, combining the comfort of Mercedes-Benz and the precision of McLaren.
.The Mercedes-Benz W221 is a chassis code of S-Class, the successor of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W220) and the predecessor of the Mercedes-Benz W222 . A final design prototype W221 was presented in December 2002 to Autospies journalists at a consumer design clinic, 2.5 years prior to the official production model unveiling in June 2005.
Baureihe R231 SL
R231 is a chassis code for the current generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL Class roadster, replacing the R230. The car was released in March 2012 and uses Mercedes-Benz’s new 4.7 litre twin turbo V8 engine with a power output of 435 PS (320 kW; 429 hp). AMG version of the roadster will follow. The new SL is 140 kg (309 lb) lighter than the previous, being made almost entirely out of aluminium. For the first time, the R231 SL-Class is not available with a non-AMG V12 engined SL 600 model.
Bremen 2016. Start of production at the Mercedes-Benz plant Bremen: Paola Ferrara (right), head of Roadster assembly, with her team during the first job of the new SL (blue) and the new SLC (red). The two roadsters are based on different platforms while still being flexibly produced on one assembly line. The plant Bremen began to produce open-top vehicles in 1989 with the R129 series of the SL Roadster. The plant celebrated the 25th anniversary of this production in 2014. By then, it had produced more than 400,000 SL Roadsters. The SLC, former SLK, is produced since 1996 at the plant in Bremen and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.