The Mercedes-Benz SLK was a revolution when it was unveiled in 1996, debuting a folding metal hardtop design that was copied the world over. However, lacklustre sales in recent years have put the future of the roadster – now called the SLC – in doubt, and with the current R172 generation now eight years old, Stuttgart has chosen to release a Final Edition model that harks back to its seminal premiere.

One callback is the sun yellow paint option that is exclusive to this variant, reminiscing the uncharacteristic (for Mercedes) yellowstone hue that was the launch colour for the original R170. The car also comes in AMG Line trim as standard, adding sportier front and rear bumpers as well as 18-inch five-spoke AMG alloy wheels – these rollers are finished in black with a machined face.

Also fitted as part of the AMG Line package is the sport suspension that is lowered by 10 mm, linked to larger brakes with perforated discs and Mercedes-branded front callipers. Spec your car in a lighter colour (sun yellow, polar white or diamond white) and you’ll also get black accents on the front spoiler, wing mirrors, door handles and rear diffuser, while SLC Final Edition badges on the front fenders complete the look.

Inside, the Final Edition receives black and silver pearl Nappa leather upholstery with alpaca grey stitching and seat belts, plus carbon fibre-look leather inserts on the headrests, seat backs, steering wheel and gearknob. Standard features include bright aluminium trim panels, sport seats, a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel, embroidered floor mats, Airscarf neck heaters, memory seats and four-way lumbar support.

The Final Edition is available in 156 hp SLC 180, 184 hp SLC 200 and 245 hp SLC 300 variants. You can also get it as an AMG SLC 43, which adds a 390 hp 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 as well as additional gloss black exterior highlights, matte black alloys with a yellow rim and an AMG Performance steering wheel with a crystal grey 12 o’clock marker.

With no successor in sight, this might be the end of the quirky open-top, and that’s a real shame.