Join Date: Mar 2011
Vehicle: 02 C230 Kompressor Coupe ; 06 SLK 280 AMG sport package
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My wife and I just came back from watching a show at Austin City Limits. So just before getting the SLK out of the parking garage we lowered the top. After having this beautiful car for just a week, the convertibles tops acrobatic display amazes me. I feel like I am in a Transformer as it changes forms.
As we came up to street level the sounds of Saturday night downtown Austin came into the car. I could hear people talking, laughing and the city moving with life. I think the movie "Crash" had it right. We really are insulated in our cars. The top down, all the lights from the skyline and the music from the clubs came into the car. It's like being a little extra alive. So vivid and visceral, is this how a motorcycle feels downtown?
It let the world in, without me loosing my sense of personal space in the car. As we moved out of downtown, and towards the lake, the lights of the city receded and the quiet of suburbia began to envelop us. The car was so quiet we just glided by houses. I could feel the neighborhood, settling in for the night.
As we got ready to get on the highway we pulled into a mall and closed the top. I immediately felt the intimacy of the cabin and the outside world kind of pulled away from me with the shutting of the windows. I never thought a convertible would find itself into my world but it's such a unique experience, that I hope to have the SLK for a very long time.