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Mercedes R129 SL500

A low mileage example of this fast appreciating classic



Country Classic Cars presents a chance to own this Mercedes SL500 (R129) 5 Litre V8 Auto, registered in August 1997 and has covered 82,400 miles; a commission sale for a regular client that includes the optional panoramic roof.

Bruno Sacco styled the ultimate two seat continental cruiser when he penned the R129, a model that remained in production for a dozen years and was supplied in a variety of engine and spec options. The most sought after being the 500SL V8 quad-cam offering 322bhp through the later electronic five speed auto box. It is said the best years for drivers being 1996, 1997 and 1998, which have both the quad-cam engine and the 5-speed transmission. They were the best SL500s ever made, considered real Mercedes not watered-down Daimler-Chryslers. As you would expect this SL comes fully equipped, electric leather seating, power soft top plus the optional Panorama hard top also introduced in 1997. The Panorama option has a glass top and a more rounded look compared to the standard alloy hard top. Climate, rain sensors, airbags plus electric windows, mirrors etc are standard spec for this luxury sports car which presents very well. The current owner took over custody in 2002 and the car has enjoyed three former keepers. MOT certificates from 2000 confirm the mileage, also less than 10k miles has been travelled in the last decade. Recent invoices confirm Mercedes specialist repairs and service from 2016 at 80k miles plus a new A/C condenser in 2014; the original service pack is also available. Minimal wear to interior trim, carpets and leather in great order with just the drivers seat bolster offering any signs of age, whilst the exterior finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic also belies this sportsters vintage. A light graze (only noticeable close-up) can be found on the n/s rear bumper leading edge plus the alloy rims would benefit from a refurb in the future. Overall, as the images show this SL500 is a quality example that drives perfectly, all the performance is retained whilst the five-speed auto box offers slick and positive changes. With direct steering and precise handling it is difficult to fault the driving experience; drop that electric hood to really appreciate open top luxury motoring from Mercedes.

Country Classic Cars bring the vehicle to market on behalf of a regular client, the price has been stated by the owner and agreed by ourselves after a comprehensive inspection revealed the SL’s good and bad points. We consider this a very fair figure and considered firm; genuine interested is most welcome and to know more about this Mercedes please message with your email address for extra detailed images and walk-around video; we will forward file via ‘We Transfer’ a free to use and safe service. Country Classic Cars operate by appointment only and within current Government guidelines. Inspection most welcome but please bear the current situation in mind, especially with regards to test drives.


  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Airbags
  • Anti-theft Protection
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Direct Fuel Injection
  • Floor Mats
  • Leather Package
  • Power Steering
  • Wind Deflector

Engine type - Number of cylinders :V 8

Fuel type :Petrol

Fuel System :MPI - Multi-point injection
Number of valves :32 Valves

Maximum power - Output - Horsepower :326 PS or 322 bhp or 240 kW @ 5500 rpm

Maximum torque :347 lb.ft @ 3900 rpm

Drive wheels - Traction - Drivetrain RWD

Transmission Gearbox - Number of speeds :

An everyday classic that has begun to catch the collectors attention..

Year: 1997
Make: Mercedes Benz
Model: SL500
Body Style: Convertible
Mileage: 82400
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy: 23
Condition: Excellent
Location: Midhurst, West Sussex
Price: £9,995
Drivetrain: RWD
Engine: 4973cc V8
Exterior Color: Brilliant Silver
Interior Color: Black Leather
MPG: 19 Town/City / 23 Motorway
Stock Number: 110720
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