By the mid-1980’s, it was becoming clear that the beloved R107 series was in need of a replacement. The 1970’s steel-and-chrome styling was replaced with an innovative, angular design featuring multiple suspension, steering and drivetrain improvements, along a myriad of creature comforts. The result was the R129 series, the most advanced and luxurious SL to date. Its timeless styling, capable performance, and superior engineering made it an icon of the 1990’s and a universal symbol of success.
From 1991 to 1997, the V8-powered 500SL/SL500 was equipped with the robust M119 engine, used by Mercedes-Benz in Le Mans, but later updated to a more modern unit, the M113. In addition to four different six-cylinder engines, the R129 was also offered with a 6-litre V12 (M120), made famous by being the power-plant of choice in the Pagani Zonda. A myriad of special and limited editions were made, including the Mille Milgia Edition (1995) and the 2002-only ‘Silver Arrow’ edition, a commemorative farewell to the model’s ten-year run.
This well-equipped SL500 was originally sold in Southern California, eventually making its way to Germany in 2017, where it was converted to a European look (lamps, speedometer, license plate frame). Presented in a cool Polar White on grey, this car has been a daily driver in our collection since 2020. During this time, it has received meticulous service, a Bluetooth conversion of the original radio, and new top hydraulics in March of 2023. As it is, this SL500 is a solid, fun and reliable classic with appreciation potential and an unquestionable ‘cool factor’.