About a month ago I featured a 1997 SL320 40th Anniversary Edition. Today’s car is also a 40th Anniversary Edition — although a SL500 and not a SL320. With the smaller straight-six production being limited to 250 models, the V8 had twice that number (despite what the sellers ad says) with 500. The SL500 was only produced in Crimson Red Metallic with “Exquisite” parchment leather, some fancy floormats and EVO II wheels. Seeing as these don’t come up for sale often, let’s take a look at this R129 outside of Boston.
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Model: SL500 40th Anniversary Edition
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 73,995 mi
1997 Mercedes 500 SL 40th Anniversary edition; limited production with only 250 sold in the U.S.; crimson red metallic  paint unique to this model; parchment “Exquisite” leather interior; chestnut burl wood interior trim; other unique features include leather/wood trimmed steering wheel, six spoke Evo 17 inch alloy wheels, special embroidered floor mats, and owner’s manual case; comes with matching hardtop and storage rack; excellent condition with approximately 73,995 miles; great looking car and fun to drive; feel free to email for more information or questions; any and all inspections welcome; one of the rarest R129 models and a very good value
This 40th Anniversary Edition presents really well for it’s almost 74,000 miles. I see nothing out the ordinary except for the poorly placed SL500 badge on the trunk lid. The SL500 40ths came from the factory without badging and it looks like someone hastily put on the badge without much thought. Other than that, it looks like a clean, strong car.
Like I mentioned in the SL320 write-up, these don’t really have much value over any other 1997 R129. A different paint color, a change in the leather and wheels that you can easily source isn’t going to move the needle for any kind of collectors. I still expect this car to bring in the $10,000-12,000 range because it’s mileage and how clean it is, but don’t look for this car to set any records.