1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SL

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A new week, a new R129. This reason I chose this 500SL was of course this wonderfully 90s color of Teal Blue Metallic combined with Lago Metallic. It’s one of those love it or hate color combinations that are tied to an era. You don’t see a lot of colors like these on new cars, if any. But I think of it like the rainbow of colors from the 70s and 80s that were featured on the W115, W123, R113, and so on. These crazy color combos are now admired over the typical sliver, black or even worse, tan. The thing is, color combinations like this only work if they are taken care of. And this 1992 500SL for sale in St. Louis certainly looks like it was.

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1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Mille Miglia

These days, Mercedes hasn’t released too many limited edition models outside of their in house tuning arm, AMG. Before the days of AMG proliferation, Mercedes would release a special edition model from time to time, such as this 1995 SL500 Mille Miglia. Built to commemorate Stirling Moss’s win of the historic 1955 Mille Miglia road race. This R129, available as an SL320 or SL500, was available only in Brilliant Silver Metallic, equipped with Evo II six-spoke polished alloys and a red and black leather interior complemented by carbon-fibre trim. The side fender grills were also given a rather unique checquered flag treatment that, upon close inspection, is a clever collection of chrome squares. This right-hand drive example for sale in the UK has covered less than 70,000 miles and is a great modern day tribute to a legendary period in Mercedes-Benz racing history.

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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 40th Anniversary Edition

German Cars For Sale Blog turns seven years old this week. Thanks to all our fans who have made this website possible over the years! To kick off our anniversary week a little bit early, we’ll take a look at this 40th Anniversary Edition SL500 for sale in California. The R129 SL is in a sweet spot for collectors right now, with R107 prices trending upwards and the R230 SL being a bit too new to be considered a classic. There were a number of special edition R129s over the years, but this edition with its Evo wheels and Designo paintwork is rather stunning. With just over 14,000 miles on the odometer, this is one for the serious collector.

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Convertible Week: 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL500

To kick off Convertible Week here at GCFSB, we’ve started with one of our favorites: the Mercedes-Benz SL. For more than 60 years, this car has been a mainstay in the Mercedes lineup, beginning with the closed roof, 300SL Gullwing. The Gullwing would eventually give us the 300SL Roadster and from there, Mercedes stuck with the hardtop roadster format, which would morph into a roadster with a retractable hardtop for the 2003 model year. One of my favorite SLs, however, was the late model R129 that preceded the R230 with its folding hardtop. This low mileage 1998 example is almost exactly as I’d want mine kitted out, looking mean in black over black leather with the 18″ AMG alloy wheels.

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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500

With late model Mercedes-Benz R107 SL prices on the move, the next logical choice for collectors on a budget to move towards would be that car’s predecessor, the R129 SL that debuted in 1990. These SLs were a major step forward in terms of luxury, technology and safety after near two decade production run of its predecessor. The model range saw a change in naming language in 1994 and a refresh in 1998. This 1997 SL500 falls squarely in the middle of the production run, with the popular 5.0 liter V8 under the hood and painted in the rather uncommon hue of Moonstone Gray Pearl.

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2002 Mercedes Benz SL500 Convertible

It’s hot down here in Los Angeles right now, like middle of summer hot and that means a whole lot of cars hitting the road with the top down. There are a number of cars that I associate with LA whose roof’s have been liberated, the Lamborghini Gallardo, Maserati Gran Turismo, Hertz Mustang/Camaro just to name a few. However none of them embody the vibe of the City Of Angels like the Mercedes Benz SL500 convertible does. From a group of gal pals cruising down Sunset Blvd to the media mogul retiree racing to the golf course, this car oozes Los Angeles cool.

The R129 chassis lived a good long life, the object of desire for dentists, producers, athletes and children like myself from 1989 until 2002. Just think about that for a second, this car remained popular and relatively visually unchanged from Bush I to Bush II, that’s damn impressive. Here we have a very clean example with just over 86k on the clock that’s currently located in a place much like Los Angeles, just with humidity and crazier people, you know, Florida.

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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 40th Anniversary

While values rise on the R107 Mercedes-Benz SLs, their successor, the R129, has stayed rather stagnant in the market. This isn’t all too surprising, as it is still riding borderline classic status. But as the years press on and the styling cues continue to evolve, the R129 will certainly establish its place as a desirable classic. This 1997 SL500 is one of the rare 40th Anniversary Editions, which featured six spoke Evo II alloy wheels, Crimson Metallic exterior over parchment leather and chestnut wood trim. With just under 40,000 miles on the clock, this is a good way to stand out from the rest of the R129 crowd.

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2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500

The R107 Mercedes-Benz SL always had a bit of a feminine personality to it. This generation SL was certainly more luxury oriented than the W113 SL it replaced. When the R129 took the R107’s place after an impressive 18 year production run, once again a manual transmission was back on the options list. Was this a sign of changing times? While the 5-speed manual SL didn’t last that long, some AMG styling bits went a long way to give this roadster a more brutish appearance. This final year 2002 SL500 for sale in Florida is closing in on 100,000 miles but still looks quite fresh.

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2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Silver Arrow Edition

If you’ve been following Formula 1 this year, you’ve been watching something pretty special occurring. Mercedes-Benz has finally produced a race-winning car, and one that appears to be dominant over the rest of the field for the foreseeable future. A few years ago, the origins of the Mercedes-Benz team – Brawn F1 – also got the jump on the competition but didn’t have the money to remain thoroughly dominant for the season. However, with Mercedes-Benz’s substantial coffers behind the team effort, there exists the possibility that Mercedes-Benz could have a perfect F1 season – winning every race on the calendar (edit: well, that isn’t going to occur – but they’re still the best poised to take the championship!) That would create a new Silver Arrow legend – the historic name given to the Mercedes-Benz racers since 1934 and their first era of dominance. To celebrate some of the silver legends before the current F1 effort got underway, Mercedes-Benz produced a special swan-song for the R129 SL; available in either top-spec SL600 or more common SL500 was the “Silver Arrow Edition”:

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2001 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Sport

Aside from the iconic 500E/E500, fewer Mercedes-Benzes from the 1990s get my attention more than a well-equipped R129 SL roadster. This 2001 SL500 with the Sport package replete with AMG wheels looks supremely fresh, as so it should having covered just over 23,000 miles. Not a fan of the new age styling from the house of the Three Pointed Star? Here is your chance at a like new R129.

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