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1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-Speed Manual

Several years before the introduction of the SLK, Mercedes-Benz tried to recapture some of that sporting magic with the R129 SL, introduced at the end of 1989. The R107 had an almost 20 year production run, shaping the SL’s image in America as a bit of a boulevard cruiser. With the new SL, Mercedes-Benz went out on a limb and offered not only a six cylinder engine, but a 5-speed manual transmission with this engine. Very few of these R129s were sold with the third pedal and these days, most forgo this “entry” level model for the V8 engined SL500, as these were more powerful (and plentiful).

This rare R129 for sale in Tennessee has just under 100,000 miles and looks to have been rather well cared for over the years.

Year: 1990
Model: 300SL
Engine: 3.0 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 98,350 mi
Price: $7,595 Buy It Now

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-speed Manual on eBay

1990 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster

98,350 Miles

5-Speed Manual Transmission shifts smooth and fun

Removable Hardtop that is in wonderful shape. Paint and glass perfect

Very clean, great running cruiser that has given many wonderful road trips. This car is driven regularly and has only offered pleasurable experiences. Attracts attention wherever we take it with thumbs up as we cruise through the mountains. Retractable top works great as does the power windows, seats, cd, cruise, auto deploy roll bar, all dash lights and gauges, even the wipers on the head lights.

Serviced regularly

423.612.1749 after 5:00 M-F and anytime on the weekends.

Clear Title and ready for another wonderful convertible season. This car is for sale locally so the auction can end at anytime. No warranties or guarantees as is sale. 10% of sale price within 48 hours of sale. Delivery is the buyers responsibility. Thank you for your interest and good luck.

Even though it might seem to have sporting intentions with the manual gearbox, speed wasn’t the order of the day with the 300SL. These were heavy cars, weighing in at around 4,000 lbs. This stunted performance from the 228 horsepower inline six. But, with the manual transmission, you’ll be able to make the most of what you’ve got. These early, six cylinder R129s aren’t valued particularly high. As a result, you can regularly snag them for under $10,000. Given the condition, I’d say this SL is priced just right and offers exclusivity that is hard to match at this price point.



  1. Dan
    Dan April 24, 2013

    For $7600 this looks like a lot of car for the money. Nice spot Paul!


  2. AlwaysFixing
    AlwaysFixing April 24, 2013

    Very nice with the manual transmission!

  3. RyanKuan
    RyanKuan April 25, 2013

    And comes with the expensive hard top too. Great car for the money

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