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2001 Mercedes-Benz SL500

The Mercedes-Benz R129, in my opinion, is in that limbo stage where a it’s not fully a considered a classic yet, but it’s starting to be eyed up as a future collectible for the right models. In typical SL fashion, the chassis ran a staggering 12 years from 1990-2002 which saw many face lifts and engine updates. Seeing as there was a giant difference in technology between 1990 and 2002, the first R129 that rolled off the line and is a lot different than the last R129 that did. Today’s SL for sale in California is towards the end of the production cycle and takes advantage of almost all Mercedes had to offer at the time.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL500 on eBay

Year: 2001
Model: SL500
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 35,553 mi
Price: $21,999 Buy It Now

This is a 2001 Mercedes Benz SL500 with Sport Package in excellent condition with less than 36,000 miles. Always garaged. Everything works. Idles quietly and accelerates & shifts smoothly with amazing torque & power. There are no oil leaks. The body has no rust.

Exterior paint is in excellent condition. No fades or flat spots. There are some rock chips which have been touched up. No door dents.

Xenon HID head lamps with no fogging, road rash or discoloration.

Comes with front European turn signal lights with WHITE lens.

Front brakes and discs have less then 4000 miles on them since replaced.

Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires are staggered front 245/40-18 & rear 275/35-18 as OEM and have less than 4000 miles on them since new.

The AMG wheels are in excellent condition with some curb rashes which have been touched up.

All rubber and chrome parts are in excellent condition.

Factory Panorama Roof was originally a $8000 option and is extremely rare. Originally in black, this one is wrapped with 3M vinyl film that matches the body color.

Cloth convertible top is in excellent condition with clear vinyl windows.

Optional walnut shift knob.

Heated seats.

All literature including owner’s manual are included.

The original Tool Kit roll and Factory First Aid Kit is included.

Wind Screen is in the trunk behind its cover and is in excellent condition.

It comes with a 6 disc CD changer.

Nonsmoker car.


The car is located in Culver City, CA.

Title in hand. Sold as is with no warranties.

Buyer to make a $500 PayPal deposit immediately. Balance due within 7 days after auction close. Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Bank Transfer are accepted. Shipping is to be arranged by the buyer.

In my eyes, this 2001 SL500 is almost the perfect R129. It’s the sport model, with Xenon headlights, classic 744 Brilliant Silver exterior with black leather inside and the holy grail option of the R129 — the panorama hardtop. If I owned a R129 with the panorama hardtop I don’t think I’d ever take it off, it’s that nice a feature in my eyes. The mileage is extremely low on this car as well with just under 36,000 and it shows with how clean the car looks. The reason I say this is almost the perfect R129 is because it’s the M113 V8 and not the legendary M120 V12. This being just the 500 doesn’t detract from the car at all in any way, it’s just if I’m taking my pick of the litter, I’m going all out with the V12.

The asking price of $21,999 is on the very high end for any R129 SL500, but it’s tough for me to say that it’s not worth it. You aren’t likely to find another car like this one with the options and low mileage so the seller has every right to shoot for the moon on this price. Would I personally buy this car? Probably not when I could find a nearly identical car (minus the panorama hardtop) with over 100,000 miles for probably half the price. But if you low mileage garage queen cars are your thing, it’s tough to argue against this one.

– Andrew