Mercedes R129 SL500
- Mileage: 69,972
- Year: 1996
- MOT Expiry: July 2018
- Exterior Colour: Brilliant Silver Metallic
- Interior Colour: Black Leather
- Top speed: 155
- 0-60mph: 6.3
- BHP: 323
- Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 4973cc
- Engine Configuration: V8
Designed and built as a grand tourer the SL was first introduced in 1954. The designation SL derives from the German for ‘Sport Lightweight' and was first applied to the 300 SL Gullwing. The SL model range is still in production today and has spanned five generations of models from 1954 to the present day.
The R129 as featured here is the fourth generation of car and was built from 1989-2002. Featuring a shorter wheelbase and updated rear suspension over its predecessor the R107. The R129 was quick to introduce model updates and featured a large amount of styling, mechanical and technological updates over its 12-year life span.
The R129 shot to the public's attention in 1991 when Diana, Princess of Wales, sold her Jaguar to purchase a 500 SL. This sparked a media storm, as this was the first time a member of the royal family had chosen a foreign car. The media questioned whether British royalty should be driving foreign cars and eventually due to pressure she was forced to return the car to Mercedes-Benz in 1992. The car now features in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
Brilliant Silver Metallic (744), Black leather upholstery (261), Electrically adjustable front seats with memory function (241/242), Cruise control, Self-dimming rear-view mirror (249), Electrically adjustable door mirrors with memory function (501), Electrically adjustable steering wheel, Digital climate control, Paint protection (524), Xenon headlamps, Headlamp cleaning (600), Electric folding soft-top in black (740), Removable hard top in Brilliant Silver, Model year 1996 (806), Bose sound system (810), Heated front seats (873), Mercedes radio/cassette, Mercedes velour overmats, 8-Hole alloy spare wheel, Warning triangle.
The sleek silver paintwork extends to the lower panels, bumpers, and removable hardtop. The car presents in very good condition throughout with few imperfections to note. There are no scuffs or scrapes to be found and almost no chips to the front end. All the lenses are clear and crack-free and there is no evidence of any corrosion at all. As a facelift example the car features a handful of aesthetic changes over earlier R129s, but does still retain the original style rear light clusters.
The classic R129 interior boasts the later style steering wheel and seats, both upholstered in supple black leather. The seats are fully electric and are equipped with memory functions for both driver and passenger. They are also heated, which is perfect for those crisp mornings with the roof down.
The cabin presents extremely well throughout. There is no cracking or sun damage to any of the lustrous walnut veneer, and all the switchgear remains feeling solid to operate. The steering wheel and leather gear selector are in fine condition as well. The carpets are free from any wear or discolouration and are protected in the footwells and behind the seats by a set of Mercedes overmats. The load compartment is also impeccably clean.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
As a 1996 Model Year car this SL is equipped with a five-speed electronic automatic transmission, as opposed to the four-speed hydraulic setup on previous variants. On first turn of the key the car idles up to temperature nicely, and pulls strongly through each of the gears on test. The 5-litre V8 was last serviced 6,700 miles ago, but will receive a fresh oil change upon sale for the new keeper's peace of mind.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The arches are filled with a set of 18-inch two-piece AMG alloys. The wheels are very presentable with only minor age-related wear to the polished rims, however a perfectionist may choose to refurbish. They are shod in high quality tyres front and rear, each with ample tread remaining. Beneath the boot floor you'll find a full size spare wheel in the standard 8-hole design.
The SL was first registered on 16th February 1996 and was supplied new by Yanase Mercedes-Benz. Present in the history file you'll find the original leather document holder complete with all the dealer-supplied manuals. The Mercedes service booklet is also present, and the maintenance history is recorded at the following intervals:
2,101km / 1,306 miles
14,283km / 8,875 miles
24,702km / 15,359 miles
30,518km / 18,963 miles
41,876km / 26,020 miles
53,872km / 33,475 miles
80,687km / 50,137 miles
89,669km / 55,718 miles
93,573km / 58,144 miles
98,188km / 61,011 miles
101,805km / 63,259 miles
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