When your favorite fiction authors write about cars, do they get the details correct? (Part 1)

1986 Mercedes 560SEL in bonfire of the vanities

When Bonfire of the Vanities was made into a movie in 1991, Tom Hanks was cast as Sherman McCoy and Melanie Griffith was cast as Maria.  His car in the movie was not an SL two-seat roadster, but a new 1991 560SEL sedan – probably because it commanded a higher pricetag than any other Mercedes at that time.  We have to agree it was more fitting for a Wall Street master of the universe though.

When Bonfire of the Vanities was made into a movie in 1991, Tom Hanks was cast as Sherman McCoy and Melanie Griffith was cast as Maria. His car in the movie was not an SL two-seat roadster, but a new 1991 560SEL sedan – probably because it commanded a higher pricetag than any other Mercedes at that time. We have to agree it was more fitting for a Wall Street master of the universe though.

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