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 immaculate ‘AMG Styling Package’ example is finished in its original Travertine Beige paint, and equipped with the efficient M113 V8 engine and 5-speed automatic gearbox. It was sold new by Prestige Motors MB in Paramus (New Jersey, USA) to its first owner, changing hands in 2003 to its second owner, still in New Jersey. The car was bought by us from Mercedes-Benz of Atlantic City and subsequently imported to Dubai in 2016, then sold to a good client a year later.
Almost six years and 4,000 miles later, we bought back the car and performed all recommended service items, as well as the replacement of all four shock absorbers. The car comes with full manuals, tools, wind deflector, spare tyre, first aid kit, and jack.