The Details

Mercedes R129 SL500




  • Mileage: 33,158
  • Year: 1995
  • MOT Expiry: 12 Months
  • Exterior Colour: Midnight Blue Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Black Leather
  • Top speed: 155
  • 0-60mph: 6.3
  • BHP: 322
  • Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 4973cc
  • Engine Configuration: V8

Model History

Designed and built as a grand tourer the SL was first introduced in 1954. The designation SL derives from the German "Sport Lightweight" and was first applied to the 300SL 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 SL 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 500SL. 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.


Midnight Blue paintwork (904), Black perforated leather interior (271), Electric front seats with memory function (241/242), Sports steering wheel and leather gearshift (281), Automatic climate control (581), Green heat-insulating glass with heated rear window (592), Headlamp wash/wipe (600), 8-hole alloy wheels (652), Electric folding soft-top in black (740), Model year 1995 (805), Bose sound system (810), Mercedes CD-changer, Cassette holder, Heated front seats (873), Lock system with infrared remote control (880), Alloy spare wheel, Mercedes first aid kit, Warning triangle.


This low mileage V8 SL is finished in the attractive single tone colour scheme of Midnight Blue. The bodywork presents with a deep lustre throughout, with no unsightly swirl marks and almost no stone chips at the front end to report - our studio photographs really don’t do it justice. The accompanying Midnight Blue hardtop is equally well presented, and the black folding soft-top is entirely unmarked with no damage to the rear screen. Having previously resided on the salt-free roads of Japan this magnificent example boasts an entirely corrosion-free body and underside.



The SL’s well-appointed cabin sports perforated black leather seats and glossy walnut trim. There is no sun damage or cracking to either the dash or wood inlays and the upholstery, which is still notably supple, presents with almost no signs of any wear. The carpets are also spotless. All of the switchgear remains feeling solid to operate and works just as it should. Still equipped with its factory Mercedes radio, the car also features a handy cassette holder in the centre console and a Mercedes CD changer in the boot. The Bose sound system provides great audio fidelity and features seven high-performance speakers including a bass module behind the passenger seat.


The Mercedes-Benz 5-litre V8 produces a healthy 323hp. The engine bay of this example is particularly clean and tidy, with absolutely no signs of any damage, corrosion, or previous poor repair to report. On close inspection you’ll notice factory-applied protective wax still present on some of the components. The car was most recently serviced just 3k miles ago but will be freshly serviced and fully inspected prior to sale for the new keeper’s peace of mind.


The SL sits on its original 8-hole alloys, which are shod in a matching set of Bridgestone tyres. The wheels are all in fine original condition, with only a couple of very discreet curb marks to note. The tyres all have at least 5mm of tread remaining and the brakes still do a great job of pulling the car to a stop quickly and in a straight line.

History File

This low mileage V8 SL was first registered in July 1995 and was supplied new by Yanase Mercedes-Benz in Japan. It was imported by 4 Star in September 2017 before being purchased by the current owner for his large private collection. The car has been used sparingly during his ownership, covering a mere 3k miles over the last 5 years.

Within the History File the new keeper will be presented with the original leather document pouch complete with handbooks and the original service booklet. A data sheet from Mercedes confirms the build specification and date of manufacture. The V5C shows just 2 keepers in total, the first being 4 Star.

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