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1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

For me, the R129 Mercedes-Benz 300SL came one year too late. The US market was never privy to its predecessor, the R107 300SL, which was available with both automatic and manual gearboxes. This was always a favorite R107 variant of mine, its smooth 3.0 liter inline six seemingly more suited to this car’s size than a big V8. And of course, the available 5-speed manual was a huge attraction for me. Mercedes decided to take a little bit different direction for the 1990s and made available the six cylinder SL to North American customers, even with a manual gearbox option for a few years. This 300SL for sale in Illinois is a Canadian market SL with the 5-speed automatic gearbox in one of my favorite SL colors, Cabernet Red.

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Year: 1991
Model: 300SL
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 79,000 mi
Price: $13,900 Buy It Now


This is an amazing and simply gorgeous condition Mercedes 300SL. Finished in Carbernet red (metallic burgundy) with black leather interior. There is virtually nothing on this example that is not simply immaculate.

This is a 1 owner Canadian car its whole life that was meticulously maintained and used as a summer car. The car has travelled only 79,000 miles (showing 127,000 klms on the metric speedometer). The cars scores very high on AutoCheck with a score of 64 out of a typical range of 24-50.

She is of immaculate presentation. Recently serviced and all in working order. All proper services undertaken throughout its life performed by Mercedes Benz. You can see all the service stickers up to date on the driver door pillar.

Mechanically the car is fantastic with no issues. Just a quick look under the hood is testament to how well this Mercedes has been maintained. In the trunk, it still has the original spare and tyre with the factory placard from new with the factory tool kit in tact.

Every single feature and function works as it should; electric seats, windows, door locks, electric roof, antenna, original Becker radio, A/C, heater, interior and exterior lights, horn (both high and low)…. the complete list. The convertible canvas top is in good unfaded condition. The car comes with its original removable hard-top in excellent original condition with no scratches or marks.

Body and paint is excellent. Very shiny and consistent with only the most minor chip here in there but nothing noticeable. It appears most of the car is original factory paint.

The interior is most stunning. All the burl walnut is perfect without any of the typical fading, lifting, peeling or cracking. The dash is without a single crack or mark. The leather is in good shape. Carpets are like new. Have a close look at the buttons and switch gear; they look like human hands have never touched them. Simply amazing. She is also a non-smoker car so clean and sweet.

Not much more can be said but to invite you to take a close look at the many, many photos of this great Mercedes 300SL. Truly an immaculate example, I am sure you will agree. Surely amongst one of the better examples available for sale today. A fantastic low-cost luxury convertible.

Please see additional photos at the link below.


The 300SL isn’t the obvious choice when it comes to the R129 SL. The 500SL/SL500 will always be the favorite, striking a balance between more power but less complexity than the V12 variants. But if you want a car to cruise in and aren’t too worried about acceleration or top speed, this is your machine. Prices have stayed relatively steady for the R129, in the shadow of the ever increasing popularity of the R107. At this price, one could snag a later, higher-mileage SL500, but this 300SL deserves a second look. This car is in great shape and offers a bit more economy in terms of running and maintenance costs. If the SLs which preceded this car are any indication, you’ll have a future collectible on your hands.



  1. Rick
    Rick August 3, 2015

    5 speed auto was introduced in ’97. All ’91 automatics were 4 speed.

  2. RPM
    RPM August 4, 2015

    I’ve driven both the 300 and the 500. Don’t buy a 300. It’s a wonderful tank that can’t get out of its own way.

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