1993 Mercedes-Benz SL500 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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An increasingly desired model in very good original condition. Full history and 65,000kms from new

The Mercedes-Benz range of SL-class vehicles has long represented the brand’s prime luxury convertible touring cars, many of which have long been popular with collectors dating back to those first ‘Gullwing’ models of 1954.

Their classic status appears to run in the family with younger models frequently gaining popularity by association as older models appreciate beyond reach of everyday enthusiasts over time.

But as we’ve observed the beautiful (and valuable) Paul Bracq-designed ‘pagoda-roof’ cars of the 60s draging values up of the mechanically-similar R107 over the years, we’ve long been of the opinion that this R129-generation of 1989 is one to watch.

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Values have been shoring up over the past few years, yet often offer significant savings over its more esteemed elders. It also offered a generational leap in tech, debuting a new multi-link rear end replacing the ageing swing axle, and boasted a hidden rollover bar that could detect an emergency situation and deploy within milliseconds as its main party trick.

Engine options comprised of a three-tier range beginning with the 2.8lt inline six, and topping out with a rare (and ludicrously expensive when new) 6.0lt V12. The mid-range 5.0lt V8, like this one, was the popular option for most buyers however.

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This car is a 1993 example and is described to be in very original condition, and has seemingly lived a very sympathetic life with approximately 65,000kms travelled and full service history from new.

Finished in Garnet Red over black interior, the car closely resembles the SL famously owned by Princess Diana – before she was forced to return it under a whirlwind of press who slammed her for not buying British.

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As a very low-mileage example, the SL500 is highly preserved and presents very well with the only real blemish we can see is some creasing observed on the driver’s seat corner.

As an increasingly desired modern classic, especially amongst younger enthusiasts, the SL500 looks like a confident weekend cruiser you can cruise and enjoy whilst taking care of it well into the future.

The SL500 is based in Queensland and is listed for $34,950 (slightly negotiable).

Check out the full listing here!

 

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