The rival to that would be a 230 Kompressor R170, not the SLC. If one could be had new
A facelift 2001 SLK230 sold here last year with less than 3,000 km total for about one third of the price of a new SLC200.
So, that's pretty close to new.
Ones with 20,000 km come up not infrequently.
I wonder how many were bought as a third or fourth car by couples and only driven a few times each year?
Or husband bought one as a present for wife (or other way round) and the recipient wasn't that interested in it, so never drove it.
There are so many low milage ( sometimes one owner) R170s still turning up. It seems to have been the " must have fashion accessory" of that era.
The surprising new concept of a truly compact Mercedes roadster was so desirable.
It did bring many new customers to this brand, but clearly many existing customers just added one more car to their garage.
If Mercedes tried to repeat it, with a much lighter , simpler, cheaper replacement would there be a customer base for it? Cars are a fashion industry after all.
It would have to have outstanding revolutionary styling, class leading handling and a perfect balance of price, performance, prestige and equipment. Even then would it be able to make big sales and serious profit in a super competitive market?
Mercedes need to keep attracting young, under 30, customers and it seems the A class with its hot A45 is doing that.
I wonder how many SLC buyers are under 50?
So I can't see the Mazda as a rival, the two cars are designed for completely different use, and with very different target customers.