Since we got the SL a couple of months ago, well, you know what it's like... Joined the Merc owners' club, spend too much time browsing eBay.de for that elusive bit that I don't really need, spent an awful lot of time perfecting the tiniest cosmetic details that make the ownership experience all the more satisfying. BUT... already, I've been looking to the future. Thinking, 'Well, in a few years' time, I could bag myself a SL500 R230.' Current values are falling like John Denver's Long-Eze - we've all seen sub-30k mile examples for under £20k. Yesterday, Joe (m'wife) and I were shopping in the West End. We saw one or two 230s up close and I pointed them out as 'Our next motor.' 'But it's horrible compared to ours...' she said; 'ours is so cool and simple-looking. Lots of straight lines, and the rear window of the hard top, in particular, makes the effort of removing it worthwhile, It's more fun to have to make the effort...' Just nice to have a different perspective.