1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL - Today's Roadster Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL
1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL
1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL
1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL
1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL
1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

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The Mercedes-Benz R129 SL roadster range was produced between 1989 and 2001, and replaced the outgoing R107 model.

It represented major advancements for Benz’s top of the line roadster, whether it be stylistically, mechanically or technologically.

Designed by styling legend and Mercedes-Benz luminary, Bruno Sacco, the R129 looked positively new-age compared to its predecessor.

However, it wasn’t just the modernity of the styling that had people talking about the R129, it was also a looker. So much so that in 1991 Princess Diana sold her Jaguar XJS and got herself a red 500 SL.

This caused quite the controversy among the press and people of Britain, as she was the first member of the royal family to use a car not made in the UK.

In fact, the public and media pressure got so bad that in 1992, Diana returned the R129 to Mercedes-Benz, and it now resides in their Museum in Stuttgart.

Mechanically, the R129 used numerous powertrains over its 12 years of production, and included a 2.8lt inline-6, 2.8lt V6, 3.0lt inline-6, 3.2lt inline-6, 3.2lt V6, 5.0lt V8, 5.5lt V8, 6.0lt V8, 6.0lt V12, 7.0lt V12 and a 7.3lt V12.

These engines were mated to either a four-speed ‘4G-Tronic’ automatic, five-speed ‘5G-Tronic’ automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.

From a technological standpoint, the R129 delivered high levels of gadgetry including electronically controlled damping, automatic roll-bar protection, electric windows, mirrors, seats and a hydraulically operated convertible top.

This particular R129 is a 1991 500 SL, and, according to the seller, has a low 140,969 kilometres on the clock from new.

In addition, the seller adds that this particular 500 SL has specially ordered factory rear seats from new, which is highly uncommon.

It’s priced at $24,990 and anyone looking for an opulent open-top cruiser can check out the full listing here

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