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1996 Mercedes-Benz SL 320 (R129)

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  • Mileage~50,755
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine3.2L
  • LocationPoole


1996 Mercedes-Benz SL 320 (R129)

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Jacob Boodrie
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From the era of thorough engineering and boxy good looks - this '90s R129 is a bonafide modern classic.

The ultimate '90s cruiser, the R129 almost took the accolade of 'the car of the year' at its launch. First introduced to the world in 1989 with production running until 2001, the boxy body and large alloys were a step-change in the design from the R107 and hold their own place, now considered an already matured modern classic.

This example is a trade sale through Scott at Good Value Cars, with the mileage reading just ~50,755 it can be considered a low mileage example too, finished in an elegant Green Black Metallic we know it'll be a hit among R129 enthusiasts and those looking for a luxury classic cruiser.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Jacob after meeting Scott the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I love what I do, sourcing high-quality performance cars - this R129 is a personal favourite.

As most of our dedicated followers know, we only source the very best and unique cars we can from like-minded private collectors and enthusiasts. However, recently we opened up our service to trusted classic and performance specialists. Scott is one of those verified specialists and we're glad to be working with him - he has an eye for detail and we love the cars he finds.

Scott reports the car was owned by a local couple since 2001 and due to the couple registering it between themselves we understand the car technically has only one previous owner - Scott has the logbooks to confirm this.

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The R129 is maturing like a fine wine, '90s boxy good looks finished in a sterling Green-Black Metallic.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with Mercedes-Benz 16” Alamak forged alloys, they look in great condition and appear free from curbing. Finished with Continental ContiPremiumContact 2 tyres that look to have a very good amount of tread.

Please take a look at the videos and photography for a closer look at the wheels and tyres.


Square, aerodynamic and boxy - we love the ‘90s shape the R129 offers. All the bodywork looks great on this particular example with all the panel gaps looking tight and true on visual inspection. Looking around we didn’t notice any areas of concern on the bodywork.

Being picky, we did notice a very small patch of wear to the fabric convertible roof - the hard top roof is in great condition and comes with the movable stand.

Please view the extensive videos and photographs to see the condition in detail.


Finished in a lovely "Green Black Metallic (1890)" which combines very nicely with the full cream leather interior.

The paint looks even in finish and colour across all the panels. When getting really close we noticed a very small patch of lacquer peel to the offside wing mirror and a very small mark on the boot lip, also a very small patch of scratches on the offside front wing.

Please take the time to review the photographs and videos to appreciate the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks to be in great condition all around. The brightwork trim/rubber seals look good too and in line with the rest of the car.

Please view the images and videos of the glass to see in detail.


The light interior of this convertible looks very plush with the deep leather seats, matching carpets and dark brown touches on the dashboard and steering wheel.

Seats and Carpets

We really like these comfortable leather seats the R129 offers. The seats are in good condition in the front and the back, with a few very minor creases in the leather that give it that genuine long-lasting Mercedes-Benz look.

Both sun visor plastic clips would benefit from some attention, and the centre console storage compartment lid would benefit from a replacement. Small cosmetic touches to really elevate the luxurious interior.


As with the rest of the car, a really nice example. A clean and smart dashboard and instrument cluster. Additionally, a retro Ericsson phone straight from 1996 can be found mounted in a handy spot by the dashboard.

The dashboard is free from cracks or tears, please view the images to see the dashboard in more detail.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A classic 4-spoke Mercedes-Benz steering wheel that shouts the '90s.

Both the steering wheel and gearstick are in a condition you would expect from this car - we didn't observe and excessive signs of wear and tear and both items present very smartly.

We have captured high resolution photos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior.


With a mighty 228BHP to tap into, the 3.2L straight-six offers all the power you'd ever want in a luxury roadster.

Engine and Gearbox

The 3.2L engine produces 228BHP, it might not be the big brawny V8, but it still packs more than enough of a punch through to the rear wheels for a great drive.

Scott reports both the engine and gearbox are smooth in operation.

Please view the cold start video to see the car fire up the first time and take a closer look around the engine bay and see underneath the car.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension on the SL 320 uses independent dampers with separate springs up front with anti-dive geometry. To the rear are the 5 multi-link arms with separate gas-filled dampers and coil springs offering anti-lift and anti-squat geometry keeping the Mercedes steady. Scott reported the ride is nice and smooth with no unusual knocks or bangs coming from the suspension.

The brakes on this car also feature 2-circuit hydraulic power-assisted wheel discs with ABS. It's reported to perform with plenty of stopping power when required.

The Drive

The SL 320 gives passengers a luxurious and powerful drive, the car offers cruising abilities that will enable you to cross continents with little effort.

With the mighty power of a 3.2L Inline-6 at your toes simply sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Electrics and Other

Scott reports that, to his knowledge, all the electrics are working as they should. He has had the hydraulic roof attachment struts replaced to ensure the convertible and hardtop roof operate as they should.

History and Paperwork

An appreciating luxury modern classic finished in an attractive colourway with relatively low mileage helps this SL to really stand out.

The car come with some receipts, MOTs and service history from the past 25 years. Take a look at the service and MOT history reports below.

Additional Options: 200A - Leather seats, 341 - Additional blinker lamps, 533 - speakers front and rear, 600 - headlamp wiper/washer, 652 - 8-hole light alloy rims, 668 - Mode of packing VE III with styropor bumper rails, 740 - Black soft top fabric (9001), 833 - Additional parts for Great Britain vehicle version.

Checks carried out by us:
- V5
- HPi checked and clear

This is an auction on behalf of a trade seller and normal auction rules apply, i.e. there is no warranty, no return policy and bids are binding with more info in our terms and conditions. As you can see, we go to great lengths to represent the car as fully and as accurately as we can, so please take time to review the entire listing, images, and videos and also ask any questions you may have in the 'Ask Owner' section before placing your bid.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
02.03.2021 MOT 50,699
06.02.2020 MOT 50,653
01.03.2019 MOT 50,639
23.03.2018 MOT 49,422
03.03.2017 MOT 49,404
17.03.2016 MOT 49,321
04.03.2015 MOT 48,039
03.03.2014 MOT 47,569
01.03.2013 MOT 47,424
05.12.2012 Roof Motor 47,419
06.03.2012 Front + Rear Brakes 47,023
02.09.2009 MOT 46,922
21.08.2008 MOT + Aircon 46,641
31.08.2007 MOT 46,346
29.08.2003 Service 45,097
22.08.2002 MOT 45,097
22.08.2002 Service 42,873
22.08.2002 MOT 42,873
26.06.2001 MOT 38,673
20.02.2001 Service 37,928
01.06.2000 MOT 31,967
08.10.1999 Service 27,872
25.03.1999 MOT 23,891
13.08.1997 Service (MD) 18,918
18.06.1997 Service (MD) 10,669
17.01.1996 PDI
Key Details
  • ModelSL320
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date17.01.1996
  • CC3199CC
  • Mileage~50,755
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourGreen Black Metallic
  • Interior ColourCream
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WDB1290632F129933
  • Engine #10499122017742
  • MOTYes. Exp - 01.03.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes - clear
  • Former Keepers3
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandContinental
  • Security SysStandard
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypeTrade
  • Owned8yrs
  • Key FeatureCondition

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£8,500 bid by Len 07.09.2021 @ 17:24:39
£7,201 bid by Bryanh 05.09.2021 @ 16:37:33
Barry Holmes
Barry Holmes

Hi, is the acoustic muffling missing from the bonnet…..cheers……Baz

Scott Garvey
Scott Garvey

Yes Barry it was missing when I bought the car. I have checked and they are available online for under £100
Kind Regards


Hi would it be possible to view your car over the weekend?

Scott Garvey
Scott Garvey

Hi yes on Saturday can you please call me colleague Mike on 01202 902449

£7,000 bid by Chelsea 02.09.2021 @ 18:49:00
£6,000 bid by greenfif 02.09.2021 @ 18:00:14
£5,000 bid by helmemelvin 31.08.2021 @ 22:19:54

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