The R129 SL was what I consider to be one of the last of the old-school Mercedes-Benzes, besides the infamous, long-lived GelÃ¤ndewagen. Revealed in 1989 after an almost 20 year production run of the previous R107 SL, the R129 brought the Mercedes-Benz roadster concept into the new decade with a host of safety improvements and performance upgrades. At the outset, you could order a 5-speed manual transmission in the six cylinder 300SL, which was the first manual gearbox offered stateside in the SL since the demise of the W113 SL in 1971.
By the end of the production run in 2002, the smaller SLK roadster was now going on six years old and offered the convenience of a folding hardtop, instead of the R129’s removable one. Nostalgia wasn’t lost on the fact that the sun was setting on this SL generation. For its final year, Mercedes introduced the Silver Arrow, which was a trim package available on both the SL500 and SL600. A two tone black and white leather interior, special wheels and turned metal interior accents were included in the package. The majority of the 1,550 cars produced were the V8 version that you see here for sale in California.
Model: SL500 Silver Arrow
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
This gorgeous Silver Arrow silver metallic 2002 Mercedes Benz SL500 Silver Arrow Edition roadster has only 38,183 miles. This automatic has a special interior color combination of black and silver leather seats and steering wheel with dark walnut trim, and burnished aluminum gage trim. This SL features Xenon headlights, Bose Premium Sound, CD changer, cassette player, heated seats, dual memory seats, pristine black power soft top, removable hardtop, cruise control, garage door opener, fog lights, ESP, automatic climate control, and special edition 18 inch alloys. This Silver Arrow is in excellent condition, one owner, California vehicle that is CARFAX Buyback Guaranteed.
With R107 SL prices escalating, the R129 is now the natural choice for those wanting an SL on a budget, as they fall squarely in between the classic and modern choices out there. A normal 2002 SL500 can range from around $12,000 and edge close to $20,000. It’s rare that you see these R129s breach $20,000, and the low mileage and Silver Arrow livery certainly have their merits. As is, I’d suspect almost $27,000 is a bit steep for this car; somewhere in the low $20,000 range might be a bit more realistic.