1999 BMW M Roadster

The Z3 was, from its inception, an unappreciated car in my opinion. It was initially criticized for not having enough power from the 1.9 inline-4 cylinder – even James Bond barely drove his for 30 seconds when he got it, then promptly gave it away to an unfit American in a symbolic British taunting of the Germans. They still haven’t gotten over the fact that the Axis powers do roadsters better than they did. When the Z3 did gain power, first with the addition of the M52 and then finally on US shores with a full-fledged M motor, criticism shifted to the “dated” rear suspension and BMW’s grab at the E30 parts bin. Subsequently, both the E30 and E36 have been lauded by enthusiasts as great handling cars, but the Z3 remains a bit of an outsider for most. As a result, for not a huge outlay you can seat yourself in a powerful, rear drive roadster capable of crossing the deserts of the Middle East (when properly equipped and supported by the BBC’s budget). Most of these roadsters were outfitted in typically sedate German tones, but a few were specified in brighter shades, like today’s ultra-low mileage Dakar Yellow 1999:

Year: 1999
Model: M Roadster
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 3,402 mi
Price: $26,990

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M Roadster at Enthusiast Auto Group

Dakar Yellow and Black Leather Interior, Black Soft Top, 1-Collector Owned & Pampered, S52 M Roadster! This car is All Original in Every Way! Factory Options Include Power Seats, Power Convertible Top, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Harman Kardon Audio, CD43 In-Dash CD Player, and Power Everything! Like New All-Original Paint with No Imperfections! The interior is also very nice without flaw! This Dakar Yellow / Black Leather color combination is very rare! Meticulously maintained with oil changes every year, brake fluid every 2 years and coolant flushes every 5 years. This car is truly a time capsule! Enthusiast Auto will be completing our Comprehensive Pre-Purchase Inspection and performing the Work Order ensuring the integrity of collectible Roadster. Complete Car with All Keys, Books, + Manuals, Black Leather Tonneau Cover and BMW Full Car Cover. Clean Vehicle History Report with No Issues – No Complaints! This car will impress the pickiest of collectors! Always stored in a climate controlled garage under a BMW car cover. Please Call or email to obtain a Pre-Purchase Inspection Report, Build Sheet, Condition Related Details, Vehicle History and 50+ Detailed Photos; 513.554.1BMW

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While I know the yellow isn’t to everyone’s liking, it’s certainly unique and not something you see every day. To me, certain colors define the car, and Dakar seems to suit this shape well; it is stylish, eye catching, and yet has an understated aggressiveness that accentuates the car. If you’re going to get one of these cars, why not be shouty about it? Not understated at all are the original alloys, combining a hyper silver look with that outrageous offset. They’re a perfect reminder that at heart, this is a German muscle car. Like the American muscle cars, there is a devoted following to these Ms, and they even have a website that neatly tracks production numbers; if you’re curious, this is one of 95 1999s in this spec and certainly the one in best condition.

Most earlier M Roadsters are priced in the mid-teens considering the mileage and the non-S54 power plant. This car is an obvious exception; although I think the dealer is asking very high, this is a effectively a brand new M Roadster and likely the lowest mileage example anywhere. The S52 cars aren’t as desirable right now, but the reality is that with the top down you can get 95 plus percent of the same smiles out of this car. While I don’t think the Z3 design has aged nearly as well as the Audi TT has, this car is a much better performance value. Pick one of these up, drive for a few years on the weekends and through the summer and fall, and more likely than not you’ll be able to break even or perhaps turn a profit if your timing is right. If you ever wanted an investment-grade M, this might be the right one to buy. My bet is that the odd colored cars like this one will be the ones setting the market in just a few years.

-Carter

Tuner Tuesday – 1986 Audi Quattro Treser Roadster

Not satisfied with the already exotic Audi Quattro he had helped to create, Walter Treser went on a mission to take the Quattro to the next step. His cars featured bespoke TRX wheels (the largest available to the mass market at the time), upgraded 250 horsepower engines (more boost – that could never go wrong!), and perhaps the largest chin spoiler fitted to any road car ever. Seriously, this is the Jay Leno of cars. Treser also revised the interior, rear spoiler and rear bumper cover, and for the exclusivity of one of these gems, he upgraded the price tag substantially. For some, even the Treser Quattro wasn’t enough, and for 39 lucky and wealthy individuals who just had to take it to the next level, Walter cooked up one of the stranger conversions ever done to an Audi at that point; he chopped the top and made a folding hardtop. The Treser Roadster marketed for the equivalent of around $125,000 in 1986. Rare doesn’t begin to describe these cars, but every once in a while one pops up for sale, like today’s Pearlesant White Treser in Germany :

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Year: 1986
Model: Treser Quattro Roadster
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 112,000 km (69,593 mi)
Price: €34,999 Buy It Now ($46,666 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Audi Quattro Treser Roadster on Ebay.de

Treser Roadster
Build date 12/86
112,000KM
Timing belt replaced 300km ago.
Air conditioning disinfected, renewed dryer, and filled with CFC – free refrigerant 300km ago.
Extras:
– Hydraulic top (which is currently not fuctioning due to burst line) will be repaired for the Buy It Now amount!
– 250 hp Motor
– Electric windows
– Treser Front spoiler
– Treser Rear spoiler
– TRX wheels with 250 tires (Super Rare!)
– Treser widened fenders
– Black leather ( Treser heated seats, Treser dashboard and door cards )
– CD player and Radio with equalizer, multiple amps and speakers as originally delivered !! )
– Treser Cockpit
– Treser Sport suspension
– New muffler (2000 km)
– Central locking
– Tinted glass
– Pearlesant White Metallic
Price 34,999 Euro
Any questions: 01712129070
Trades accepted
Car is located in Hamburg, Germany

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If you had to have the ultimate non-Sport Quattro in the 1980s, this was your car. It is over the top in nearly every way. It certainly isn’t to everyone’s taste, but many of the modified cars from the 1980s weren’t. As Rick James said, “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.” Compared to some of the modified Porsches and Mercedes, the Treser cars were downright pedestrian and civilized; but next to the original, this car looks outrageous. Interestingly, I think this car ends up looking more Japanese than German, but to the right buyer, I doubt that would matter.

The car’s condition appears to be good and it’s not surprising that the top is not functioning, but the seller has promised to fix prior to the sale at full amount. Still, like older modified cars, there is a lot to go wrong here, so be prepared for plenty of visits to the mechanic to sort it out. Like the TRX wheeled BMWs, plan on getting different wheels and saving those original Tresers for show only. The driver’s side headlight seems to be at an odd angle, but that could be an easy fix; Pearlesant White is so difficult to color match and that bumper is so rare, I doubt it saw an impact that wouldn’t show in the photos.

Even among the die-hard Audi aficionados, the Treser cars are polarizing. $46,600 is top dollar for a Quattro that isn’t a sport, but these cars are so rare it’s hard to put a value on it. There are very few originals left, and even fewer in Pearlesant white. In comparison to some of the rare convertible Mercedes and Porsches from the 1980s, this isn’t outlandish money, and the Quattro values have steadily been on the rise over the past decade. As a 1986, it’s eligible for import to the U.S. without too much difficulty, so the question is – will you be the only one in the U.S. with one of these cars?

-Carter

1969 Mercedes Benz 280 SL Roadster

My favorite memory of my father’s 1971 280SL 4 speed is riding home in the evening from some vintage car races in the New England fall. His 280 didn’t have a very nice roof at that point, so we were driving with the top down. Cool, right? No, it was just downright cold. I huddled low in the cabin, trying to get as much of the heat trickling out of the non-existent ventilation system. It’s a perfect example of how spartan the W113 SLs are in comparison to the later R107 cars, but it’s also a reminder that SL stands for “Sport Light” – something the newer cars lost along the way. The W113 also got a dose of “Sport” compared to the anemic 190 SL that preceded it as well, with the 230 and 250 sporting 150 growling horsepower. The 280 gained 20 more ponies, but most were coupled to an automatic transmission that diluted the experience. Thankfully, that’s not the case with this 1969 280 SL 4 speed:

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Year: 1969
Model: 280 SL
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 69,000 mi
Price: $45,000 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 Mercedes Benz 280 SL on eBay

Gorgeous, head turning 280 SL Roadster. Rare 4-speed, dealer A/C. Both tops, interior is like new, radio and clock work as do all guages lights and levers. Original tool kit, like new Michelins. No known rust issues, rockers and floor pans were restored by a classic mercedes shop and are documented. Paint finish looks very good but does have a few imperfections. The soft top has a few wear spots, typical of older tops. Mechanically this car is near perfect. It runs amazingly and tracks straight as an arrow. Brakes are new all around and it has been mechanically maintained by a classic expert.

Enjoy this car as it is for years or invest in a high end paint job and you will have a show car. This car will only appreciate in value. There aren’t many available at this price in this fine condition.

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In the 1990s, these cars could be had for a song. Through the 2000s though, appreciation for the very attractive Paul Bracq design and the no frills simplicity drove prices into the $40,000 range for very nice examples. Since then values have continued to climb, and mint examples fetch the best part of $100,000. This car makes no claim to be a mint example, and to me that’s its appeal. At about half the price of the best examples, you have a show worthy driver. These really are enjoyable cars to drive, though not so much on the highway – 70 miles an hour equates to nearly 4,000 RPMs, but on a back road with the top down, that throaty inline 6 will reward you rowing through the gears. It’s not a fast car, but you sure can have a lot of fun on your way to your destination! Better yet, arriving at that destination in your W113 will make you feel like you’re at a Hollywood premier. People will turn their heads to see who is driving this beautiful, classic Mercedes. It has a presence about it that cars at twice the price can’t achieve. Just dress warmly.

-Carter

Celebrating Fifty Years of the Pagoda: 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

This year marks fifty years that the Mercedes-Benz W113 SL has been with us. Nicknamed the Pagoda SL, due to its concave hardtop, the 230SL not only succeeded the legendary 300SL roadster, but the smaller, four cylinder 190SL. A mainstay in the lineup for almost a decade, Mercedes would evolve the breed by offering the 250SL and 280SL down the line until it was succeeded by the long-lived R107 SL. Almost 40% of W113 production was sold in the United States and from time to time, it’s not uncommon to see one of these classic roadsters tooling around in the streets.

Aside from the 300SL Gullwing and Roadster, these are among some of the highest valued SLs. It shouldn’t be too surprising, as they offer the thrill of classic motoring with a mix of modern day performance and convenience that is hard to match at any price. Their styling is the epitome of restrained elegance and still looks good to this day. This 1968 280SL is on offer from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California.

Year: 1968
Model: 280SL
Engine: 2.8 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: N/A
Price: $185,000

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center

This 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL is an excellent example of a W113 SL Series Roadster. It is presented in its original configuration of red paintwork (DB568) and black MB-Tex interior (DB131). The car was recently comprehensively restored at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. The refurbishment of this matching numbers car included the removal, rebuilt and reinstallation of all mechanical systems with special emphasis on correct functionality and appearance to factory new standards, right down to hardware plating and finishes.

Chassis no: 113.044-12-002587
DB 568 Red
DB 131 Black MB-Tex Interior

Anything for sale from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center is certainly not going to come cheap, but I had to take a step back when I saw the asking price, as I almost got lightheaded. I’ve been used to seeing mint W113 SLs on offer in the $50,000 to $80,000 range, but I’ve rarely seen one break six figures. It will probably be challenging to find a better W113 on the market, as anything from the Classic Center will be of the utmost quality. If you ever wanted a new W113 SL, this could be the closest you could get, coming straight from the experts.

The following is a video featuring some footage of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center and this exact vehicle:

-Paul

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

Montana is well known by car enthusiasts for being the state with some of the most lax speed limit laws in any part of the US. Back in 1998, as a result of a Montana Supreme Court decision, the speed limit was changed “reasonable and proper.” This new speed limit became an issue because it violated the Due Process Clause of the state constitution for being too vague of a law. So back to defined limits with a 75 mph ceiling, then.

That speed limit is still quite better than in some venues and what better to exploit the wide open spaces of Big Sky country than this: a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG. The SLK has always had a bit of reputation as a hair dressers’ car, favoring style of substance and speed. Mercedes decided to add some fire to the mix in 2001 with the SLK32 AMG, which had a 3.2 liter, supercharged V6 producing 349 horsepower. Along came the second generation and Mercedes-Benz went mad, stuffing a 5.5 liter V8 tuned by AMG into this little roadster, capable of 0-60 times of under five seconds with 355 horsepower on tap.

Year: 2005
Model: SLK55 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 21,600
Price: $30,000 Buy It Now

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 on eBay

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2005 Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG Roadster. This is the one you want! One Owner – 21,600 original miles. Never seen snow – only driven in the summer! Purchased in Salt Lake City, UT in April 2005. Tires have less than 1500 miles on them.

5.5 liter naturally aspirated AMG V-8. 355 horsepower with 376 lb ft of torque. 7-speed automatic transmission with AMG speedshift. AMG Sport Suspension; AMG Aerodynamic Bodywork; AMG High Performance Braking System; AMG 18″ Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels; steering wheel paddle shifters. Zero to 60mph in 4.3 seconds! Validated by Car and Driver magazine in their June 2005 issue! The same model and same color AMG as the one we have was on the cover and road tested by Car and Driver that month. We have included two copies of the magazine for your records.

Safety – built in roll bars; knee, throat thorax air bags, normal driver/passenger air bags; Mercedes ESP traction control system; Xenon headlamps; Teleaide Emergency Calling System; Night Security Illumination System.

Read all the options listed above and read the picture of the original window price sticker for all the information on this car! Included at no extra charge: Mercedes car cover, Mercedes trickle charger (to keep the battery charged while in storage), original window price sticker, two copies of the June 2005 Car and Driver magazine, Mercedes 360 pamphlet (shows all options available) and Mercedes merchandise pamphlet.

Shipping – paid by buyer and discussed prior to completion of sale. We do have a local auto shipping company in town.

We’ve featured a few open roofed BMWs with the M badge here lately, but the SLK55 AMG is a good choice for someone who wants speed with a bit more luxury and smoother edges. While it is a Montana car, the seller states it is fair weather ride, and from the looks of things and the low mileage, it’s hard not to believe that. The asking price of $30,000 seems like a deal considering the power levels, but in all honesty, somewhere a little south, say between $25,000 and $27,000 is a bit more realistic.

-Paul

2001 BMW Z8

Nearly every BMW Z8 I run across is silver. Colors like silver and black are popular choices for German cars and a safe choice for resale. For a high performance machine like this roadster, however, I’d prefer something a bit more flash. The red on cream combination here is certainly gives the Z8 a bit more presence, looking as if it arrived straight from the streets of Miami Beach. This particular car for sale in Ohio is for sale at a price that is almost spot on to its original MSRP.

2001 BMW Z8 on eBay

Beautiful 2001 BMW Z8 in bright red with cream leather interior and only 13,500 miles. These Z8s have become instant collector cars and this one is equipped with: navigation, heated seats, CD player. A true one owner car with full documentation including the original window sticker, books, two remote keys, car cover, hard top and the hard top stand.

Recent sales and auctions have proved that the Z8 is one of those rare instances of an modern classic that never lost much of its original value. Still, the asking price of almost $130,000 is a bit rich. Even though red is an uncommon hue for this car, I doubt it adds much to the value. Most Z8s on the market have low mileage as well, so the 13,000 this car has covered is par for the course. As it sits, this car might bring between $90,000 to $100,000, which is just about what this car sold for new.

-Paul

2000 Mercedes-Benz SL73

Ask any car enthusiast to name the largest engine Mercedes-Benz has stuffed under the hood of one of their road cars and they may point to the W116 450SEL 6.9 of the late 1970s. They would be wrong. It was the SL73 AMG that holds that honor, powered by a 7.3 liter V12 that produced 525 horsepower and 558 lb. ft. of torque. Sold only in 1995 and 1998 through 2001, a mere 85 of these beasts were ever built. By the time most of these AMG tuned SLs were built, the R129 chassis was getting close to its sell by date, but the M120 V12 lived on and found a home under the bonnet of the Pagani Zonda. It would help this Italian supercar reach a terminal velocity of close to 200mph. This SL73 in eye popping Calypso Green is for sale in Germany. It has a claimed 25,000 miles on the clock and comes with a full history.

2000 Mercedes-Benz SL73 on JamesList

Mercedes-Benz SL 73 AMG. Unique car: blue iron or green outside with beige interior. Done only 41,215 kilometers, first registry 2000. Coming along with complete service and owner history

The SL 73 AMG has only been built roughly 50 times. This is one of them! Value is foreseen to grow rapidly in the next years! Best condition: no rust, no accidents, paint completely original, technically excellent!

Some further details:

•Production date: 27th, september 1999, First registry: 12th, April 2000
•VIN: WDB129076-1F188917
•Mileage: original only 41,215 km
•SL 73 AMG, 12-cylinders, 525 HP, 7291 cc
•Exterior blue iron or green metallic
•German vehicle inspection sticker valid until April 2014
•complete service history available, 3 owners
•Automatic transmission (5-shifts)
•Power windows
•Power soft top and Power hard top
•Power steering
•Air condition
•Orthopedic driver’s seat
•Power seats with memory
•Power mirrors
•Rear seats
•Seat heating in the front
•Xenon headlights
•Bose Sound System
•Cupholder
•ABS, SRS, ESP, Airbags, ADS, etc.
•Cruise control
•Interior Leather Exclusive Nappa java
•Topping of the soft top in green

In short: A very magnificent and also decent car. Nearly limitless power thanks to the special AMG engine. Especially interesting for collectors and car lovers who like the special thing! The car currently runs in Germany next to Stuttgart. We could sell and ship it to any address all over the world. Please feel free to contact me for any question. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

I had to do a double take at the price, as $125,000 for an R129 SL is unheard of, frankly. Even an SL600 in the best condition might struggle to make $30,000 to $40,000 these days. Even the AMG and rarity factor would have a hard time pushing this car north another $80,000. At best, this car might be worth $50,000, but even that is optimistic. This car also raises a few questions. First, the driver’s seat looks a bit worn for a car that reportedly has covered 25,000. Second, there’s a bit or rust in the lug nut cavities on the wheels. Third, why does a car residing in Germany have a US style license bracket on the front end? These are all points which leave me a bit skeptical.

To see the SL73 in action, here’s a video from Deutsche Welle TV featuring that other torque meister, the Bentley Arnage:

-Paul

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

Possibly one of the most well recognized Mercedes-Benzes of all time, the 300SL came about in similar fashion to the Porsche Speedster that we featured here recently on GCFSB. Max Hoffman, well known imported for foreign iron before many companies set up North American operations, made the suggestion to Mercedes to sell a street version of the W194 300SL, as he thought the car would gain good acclaim amongst American consumers. They took Hoffman’s advice and this car, with its distinctive gullwing doors and fuel injected, dry sump inline six was the first Mercedes to sell more outside its home market than within.

The hardtop Gullwing was sold from 1955 through 1957 and in 1958, the roadster took its place. Noted as being a bit softer edged than the Gullwing, the roadster had a revised rear suspension and, from 1961 on, disc brakes on all four corners. This 300SL roadster for sale in New York is an earlier model with an older restoration.

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster on eBay

This is a 1959 Mercedes 300SL Roadster with factory hard top. This car is an older restoration but still shows very well. Car recently received all new brakes and a full tune up. This is not a show car but a very impressive and solid driver.

At $650,000, this SL is well within the ballpark of what these cars are bringing these days. Those with racing pedigree or the rarer, all aluminum bodied SLs will fetch higher prices, in some cases over one million dollars. Besides 1963, when a scant 23 300SLs were produced, 1959 models are the second rarest of the roadster production run, with only 211 built that year. Red isn’t my favorite color on these, but I like the fact this car is an older restoration, which takes away a bit of the apprehension when it comes to driving it as intended.

-Paul

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

While rare, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL we featured last week had its flaws, as pointed out by our readers. I’m a big fan of the R107 SLs, but if mistreated, these cars have the potential to put you in the poor house. This doesn’t appear to be the case with this particular 560SL, however. It is a one owner car that comes with its maintenance book stamped and looks to have led a relatively easy life in Arizona.

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL on eBay

Here is a absolutely beautiful 1986 Mercedes Benz 560SL that is in amazing condition and ready for its new lucky owner. This local car is extremely clean car both inside and out and was well cared for by its previous owner. This car also has its complete service history dating back to when the car was new. This is a very rare car being it is so well documented and runs/drives excellent. Here is your chance to own a beautiful low mile, documented, stunning 560SL that rarely ever come up for sale! All original car with an immuculate clean carfax and autocheck one owner history.

CarFax & Auto Check Certified Clean Car ONE Owner AZ Car

The option list is as follows:

– 5.6L 8-Cyl.
– Automatic Transmission
– 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
– Blue Green Metallic
– Ivory Leather
– Dark Brown Top
– Auxiliary Hardtop
– Alloy Wheels
– AM FM Radio (original)
– Air Conditioning (blows ice cold)
– Cruise Control
– Power windows
– Power Locks

The car has a beautiful factory finish of “Blue Green Metallic” paint just and received a fresh detail that looks great. This car has stunning body that is straight as an arrow and is free of any accidents or damage. This benz has always been garage kept and pampered its entire life and really shows it. Very clean well cared for exterior sure to please its new owner. AUTOCHECK AND CARFAX NO ACCIDENTS CERTIFED CLEAN CAR! The beautiful Ivory Leather interior and is all original and looks extremely clean. The car has all of its original books, complete set of tools, jack, first aid kit, and 3 keys. Interior is MINT no rips no tears and looks like new. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, seats, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc… Non Smoker.

Mechanically, this Benz is in perfect condition and runs and drives great. It has very healthy and very strong 5.6L 8-Cyl. motor and a automatic transmission that shifts perfect. The car has always been serviced at authorized Mercedes Benz dealership and really is fun to drive. This car is very clean under the hood and really shows how its previous owner took excellent care of it. Documented service history all performed by the local dealer. ALL SERVICE RECORDS! All completed by the Mercedes Benz dealer!!

This car is ready to go! The car is in excellent condition inside and out. The exterior of this 560SL is stunning in Blue Green Metallic with Ivory leather interior and is in excellent condition. This car is extremely rare being a fully documented car with its original window sticker and in this kind of condition. Here is your chance to own one of the nicest 560SL’s on the market today.

There’s a solid amount of bidding interest on this car, but the reserve has yet to be met. I’ve seen some ridiculously high prices for low mileage 560SL roadsters as of late. One dealer I am familiar with in Pennsylvania had red 1987 example with about 25,000 miles on offer for $32,000. Given this car is a year older and has higher mileage, I would say anything in the $17,000 to low $20,000 range would be reasonable. The blue green metallic paint is very period and is one of my favorite colors to be offered on these late model R107s. As they say, buy the best you can afford. With the condition and history of this particular SL, not much is left to the imagination.

-Paul

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500

There are a few cars on my short list that I’ve promised myself I would own before I die. The Porsche 911. An Alfa Romeo Spider. A Maserati of some sort. And this car, the Mercedes-Benz SL. Having grown up in the 1980s, the R107 was the “it” car for that generation. When the new SL appeared on the scene in 1989 for the 1990 model year, it was a giant leap forward for two seater Mercedes-Benzes. For the first time in years you could have a six cylinder SL with a 5 speed manual transmission in the US, which was a surprise, as the Mercedes-Benz product managers were a lot more stodgy in those days than today. This new R129 roadster would carry the SL moniker into the 21st century and hand off the baton to the R230 SL in 2003 after 200,000 examples of six, eight and twelve cylinder roadsters emerged from the factory. Here is a low mileage final year example of the popular SL500 on offer.

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 on eBay

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 roadster with AMG package. This is the last year of production of this beautiful roadster! This is a very well maintained, extra clean vehicle with only 37K original miles. Immaculate vehicle, non-smoker. Maroon exterior is in great condition and the tan leather has been kept extremely clean. All the wood trim is in great shape. Soft top is like new and was barely used. All the convertible mechanism works perfect. The vehicle is loaded with options such as power windows and power locks, power mirrors, power seats with memory, dual heated seats, cruise control, A/C with dual zone climate control, AM/FM radio w/cassette player, 6 disc CD change, Bose sound system, xenon headlights, keyless entry and many options more! All the options function accordingly. The powerful V8 5.0L engine runs great and automatic transmission shifts smoothly into gears.

I’ve always admired later model R129s. With the staggered AMG wheels and subtle styling tweaks, they have a butch look about them. With power from the 5.0 liter V8, it has the muscle to back up the appearance. Running costs will certainly be a bit more than your average midsized sedan, but these final year R129s represent a good investment as a future classic. They represent a period in time at Mercedes-Benz when price was no object when it came to engineering.

-Paul