And what color would you choose?
That’s a very difficult decision to make. I think the car looks good in lots of different colors. Red is a very good choice, but I also find the SL to be very attractive in white.
That classic red SL back there... Is that yours?
It is. It’s a model from the R107 series. The car reminds me of my youth, of Bobby Ewing from Dallas. That ought to still mean something to some people. Richard Gere also drove the same model in American Gigolo. Though mine isn’t a 500, but a 280 SL, the European version. A very nice car with a black top.
Do you find the time to drive it?
Not as much as I’d like. But I keep the car registered year round so I can go out for a drive whenever the sun comes out. And then I try to drive it deliberately and with purpose.
Do you wash your car yourself?
Yes, I polish it twice a year. At the beginning and at the end of the season.
In a way, a classic car like that is a symbol of sustainability. How does AMG address this topic?
Sustainability is extremely important to us, as it is to Mercedes-Benz as a whole. At AMG, we have the same goals: We want to become completely carbon-neutral in our vehicle production by 2039. And to achieve this goal, we are moving towards increased electrification of our vehicle fleet. The SL, for example, is powered by our E Performance hybrid powertrain.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving?
I have quite an eclectic taste in music, but at heart I’m a child of rock music and like to listen to harder stuff like AC/DC, but also the Stones. Though I do listen to newer stuff as well.