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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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Year: 1998
Model: SL500
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 29,400 mi
Price: $18,900 Buy It Now

Up for Sale this week, Canyon State Classics brings to market a super clean 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 500. This car is a 3 Owner car which was originally purchased at RAB Motors in San Rafael, Californiaon June 3rd 1998 by original owner Pamela Johns. It was then sold in 2002 as a Starmark Certified Preowned car at 15,000 mi and making its way to the Pine Hurst, NC to its second owner Mr Paul Cicocella! The most recent owner bought the car out east and brought it back to Nevada where it shows several resent services at MB of Henderson, NV. Only 15,000 miles was put on this car in the last 13 yrs. This car has been garage kept and well maintained buy its owners. Original MSRP of the car was $85,000 in 1998. The car has always been garaged and is in very good condition. Don’t miss your chance to own this beauty for a fraction of the original sticker. This car was senior owned and dealer maintained…

The following is a list of options as this SL 500 is currently equipped:

– 302 HP 5.0L V8
– 5 Speed Automatic Transmission
– 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
– 18″ AMG Alloy Wheels w/ high tread Performance Tires
– Dual Auto Climate Control
– Cruise Control
– Power Seats
– Power Telescoping Steering
– Power Windows
– Power Mirrors
– Power Locks
– Am/Fm Cassette w/ 6CD Changer ($700 Option)
– Removable Hardtop
– German Cloth Soft Top
– Etc….

This 500SL is finished in its gorgeous original Gloss Black. The paint is 100% original and in excellent condition with no paint or body work to speak of. It looks gorgeous and was just fully buffed and hand waxed. The body on the car is laser straight, and does not have even a single door ding. This Benz has always been garage kept and pampered its entire life and really shows. The staggered 18″ AMG Alloy Wheels wheels on this Benz are also specially designed for the SL. The car has a very nice hard top, and has a like new original Mercedes German canvas soft top.

The interior is covered in very nice Black Premium Leather. It is in very good condition for its age with absolutely no rips or tears. The Dash and steering wheel are also in nice shape with no wear. The dash, doors, console are accented with beautiful wood trim which is all absolutely gorgeous. A brand new set of OEM Mercedes mats are also included. This car does have optional Bose Sound System with 6CD Changer.

Mechanically, is where this Benz stands out. It has very healthy powerful 5.0L V8 that puts out 302 HP. The automatic transmission shifts perfect while increasing fuel economy and driving comfort. It has a full service history which documents the car was well maintained. Car shows its 7500 mi service in 2000, 15k service in 2002 when it was sold as a Starmark, 20k service performed around 2008, 27k service in 2012, then recently serviced again when it came to Nevada for a check up and service at 28,000 miles with Mobil 1 synthetic, and my advisor told me this was one of the cleanest SL’s he had ever seen! Everything works in the car.. lights, gauges, radio, seats, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. This car is very clean under the hood and really shows how its previous owner took excellent care of it. The car will come with a full service history. The car just received a front to back inspection, oil service,and has been given a clean bill of health. Full service history can be documented.

This car is ready to go! The car is in excellent condition inside and out. This SL500 is stunning and is definitely the a gorgeous color combination. This car is an excellent value and is a lot of car for the money, and in this beautiful condition you cant go wrong! The car will include brand new mats, Books, original spare, tools and service history as well as 2 Keys.

If you have any additional questions please call Jon at 480-703-2337. The car is located in beautiful sunny Scottsdale, AZ. Please email or call with any questions and I welcome international bidders! I can also help with shipping quotes and arrangements. We ship cars all over the world!


Considering where R107 560SL prices are headed, now seems to be an opportune time to get into a clean, low mileage R129 SL for not much coin. For the price of a new subcompact, it’s hard for me to not be tempted by V8 roadster goodness such as this. Sure, it’s not like you’re going to get a warranty or the reliability of a brand new car with a 17 year old Mercedes roadster, but if you have the means or can set aside a budget, you’ll have infinite amounts more fun. The SL500 that we see here is certainly the R129 to hone in on, as the 5.0 liter V8 offers more power than the six cylinder variants without the running costs of the top of the range V12. If I had the space for an extra ride or two, one of these late model R129s would find its way high up on my shopping list.