1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SL – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Mercedes Benz SL500 front side Mercedes Benz SL500 front side
Mercedes Benz SL500 rear side Mercedes Benz SL500 rear side
Mercedes Benz SL500 interior side Mercedes Benz SL500 interior side
Mercedes Benz SL500 boot Mercedes Benz SL500 boot
Mercedes Benz SL500 engine Mercedes Benz SL500 engine

Australian-delivered V8 future classic, in good condition with full history

The Mercedes-Benz SL-class has traditionally represented the brand’s ubiquitous luxury drop-top tourer; and has long been a mainstay for collectors too, with its popularity tracing back to those first ‘Gullwing’ models of 1954.

Classic status seems to run in the family too, with younger models gaining popularity by mere association as older models are priced out of reach for the everyday enthusiast. But as the beautiful (and very valuable) 60s ‘pagoda-roof’ cars dragged up values of the less-pretty (and otherwise mechanically uninteresting) R109 generation, we’ve long been of the opinion that the R129-generation of 1989 is one to watch.


Prices have been shoring up over the past few years, however they still remain affordable for a car that’s come to archetype much of what there is to love about 80s design and technology.

The R129 was a technical leap past the preceding R107, with a new multi-link rear end replacing the outmoded sing axle. It was also one of the most technologically-advanced vehicles at the time, whose party trick included a hidden pop-up rollover bar that could deploy within milliseconds.


Engines options took a three-pronged approach, ranging from a 2.8lt inline-six to a rare (and hugely expensive) 6.0lt V12, although it is the mid-range 5.0lt V8 that was the popular option.

This 1992 example is an Australian-delivered 500SL, finished in the popular combo of white over navy interior.


It looks to be, and is described as being, in beautiful condition throughout and has covered 205,400kms since new. The SL500 comes with its factory additional hardtop, and is supported by full history and original books.

It should prove an enjoyable and useable recreational convertible for the weekend, and we’re confident they’ll only grow more desired with time.


The SL500 is based in Victoria and is available through Brooklands Classic Cars.

It's listed for $25,500 and you can check out the full listing here!


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