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1992 Mercedes-Benz SL 500

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  • Mileage~59,000
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine5.0L
  • LocationAlfreton


1992 Mercedes-Benz SL 500

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Tom Valle
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One of the most thoroughly engineered convertibles ever made - boxy good looks and a whole lot of power under the hood, introducing the R129 SL 500.

The R129 is a sporty roadster built by Mercedes-Benz from 1989-2001 - its development began in 1984 based on the shortened floorpan of the Mercedes-Benz W124, once production started it came runner-up for the European Car of the Year award in 1989.

The SL 500 is fitted with a bullet proof M119 5.0L V8 engine - packing more power than some Italian sports cars on sale at the same time.

The SL 500 was also one of the safest cars ever built, with its ‘Wunderbar’ (an automatic roll bar) which deploys within milliseconds of the car flipping over. Even to this day, it’s considered an extremely safe sports car to own.

We've found this meticulously owned example in an undoubtedly cool colourway with stunning AMG wheels.

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

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Meet the owner

I bought this car to satisfy all my weekend driving needs - it's one of the most comfortable and powerful cars I've ever owned.

Peter has owned this SL 500 for the past four years and he's loved getting it out very occasionally on dry days. Peter took his time to find the perfect car for him, it had to be a SL 500 and one in excellent condition with a timeless colour combination - this stunning example in Pearl Grey paint really fitted the bill.

After many great road trips the car isn't now getting the use it once enjoyed, and so Peter has asked us to find a new owner.

You already know that we only take on the best examples - there are lots of low-quality / high mileage examples out there but this isn't one of them. This car has only cover ~59,000 miles since new and with only 4 previous owners it makes for a very desirable modern classic ready to be enjoyed this year.

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments below, and Peter will get back to you shortly.

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Finished in a striking grey over the grey colourway which suits the '90s body shape so very well.

Wheels and Tyres

Stunning dark glossy grey 5-spoke 18" AMG alloys are fitted that just set the car apart from other R129s on the market. They appear in excellent condition with no significant curving or corrosion to note - very well cared for over their life and they were refurbished in 2015 too.

Each wheel is wrapped with premium Bridgestone Potenza, which appears to have plenty of tread left on for the new owner to enjoy the car to the max this summer.


The bodywork looks really good - all the panel gaps and shut lines along with the doors, bonnet and boot look good too. Peter reports the doors hang well off their hinges and open and close with ease.

Peter also mentions the soft top is in good order, opening and closing as it should.


The paintwork appears very good with even lustre across all the panels.

Being picky, we did notice some very minor stone chips to the front nose and around the rear wheel arches.

We love the grey colour scheme with the darker wheels and convertible roof - perfect for the term 'modern classic'.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks in excellent condition all around the car and in line with the mileage - the trim/rubber seals look great too.

Please take the time to review the photographs and videos for a detailed view of the exterior.


The Alpaca grey leather interior allows you to travel in comfort - '90s style.

Seats and Carpets

Alpaca grey leather seats fill the interior with matching carpets and wood veneer trim on the centre console; all are presented in excellent condition.

The driver's seat appears to have some very light creases with no significant marks to point out.

Both front seats are fully electrically adjustable with memory settings, the boot lining appears in good order too, with a full-size spare wheel underneath.


As with the rest of the car, a really nice example.

A clean and smart dash and instrument cluster, all the numbers are clean, clear and legible.

The odometer was showing ~59,000 on our visit.

Please view the images to see the dash in more detail.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A classic Mercedes-Benz 4 spoke steering wheel from the ‘90s.

A big steering wheel lets you maneuver this sports car with ease, and looks in excellent condition along with the automatic gear selector.


The robust V8 will offer you all the power you'll ever need - 322bhp at the touch of a pedal.

Engine and Gearbox

This example is fitted with a 322bhp naturally aspirated 5L 32v quad-cam V8 petrol engine that will take you to 62mph in 6.2s and will reach 155mph - tonnes of power with minimal effort - a proper GT car.

Peter has sparingly used the beautiful SL 500 over his 4 years of ownership, he mentions it’s a very powerful engine and assures us it’s never skipped a beat during his ownership.

Watch the cold start video to view Peter turning the car over and letting it run up to temperature without any issues.

Suspension and Brakes

The front suspension in this SL 500 has independent damper struts whereas the rear suspension has an independent 5-arm multilink. Peter assures us of a very smooth ride.

The brakes on this car also feature 2-circuit hydraulic power-assisted wheel discs with ABS. Peter also reports the car drives just as it should and stops on demand too.

The Drive

The ultimate car for any road trip, thoroughly engineered with more power than you could ask for.

It's a sophisticated car and a desirable modern classic, offering luxurious cruising with endless performance a pedal press away.

Electrics and Other

Peter reports all the electrics on this car are working as they should to his knowledge.

An online check of the factory-build information shows the car was fitted with front electrically adjustable seats with memory functions, adjustable mirrors with memory, anti-theft / anti-break-in warning system, air-conditioning and wipers for the front headlamps.

History and Paperwork

The attractive colour combo, AMG wheels and flagship engine along with the mileage make this R129 a very attractive and desirable classic.

The car comes very well documented with a good amount of service history, MOT reports and receipts dating back to 1992.

The car was last serviced in 2014, by P.C. Automotive Maldon - 5,000 miles ago.

The car is sold with its hardtop and hardtop stand with casters for ease of bringing it out of the garage.

Checks carried out by us:
- Photo ID of seller.
- V5 checked against seller's photo ID.
- HPi checked

Service History
Date Type Mileage
25.02.2021 MOT 58,949
10.03.2020 MOT 58,066
19.03.2019 MOT 57,518
26.03.2018 MOT 56,991
18.01.2017 MOT 56,165
08.08.2015 MOT 55,288
28.05.2014 MOT 54,793
27.05.2014 Service 54,787
03.07.2013 MOT 54,419
04.07.2012 MOT 54,164
22.06.2011 MOT 53,779
22.06.2010 MOT 52,875
09.06.2009 MOT 49,881
11.06.2008 MOT 48,553
11.06.2008 Service (MD) 48,553
11.07.2007 MOT 47,685
14.06.2006 MOT 45,842
04.07.2005 MOT 43,184
29.06.2004 MOT 40,115
30.04.2003 MOT 34,545
31.10.2003 Service (MD) 38,003
26.07.2001 MOT 29,522
26.07.2001 Service (MD) 28,513
12.07.2000 MOT 25,827
22.05.2000 Service (MD) 25,446
29.07.1999 MOT 23,366
21.07.1998 MOT 21,360
19.01.1998 Service (MD) 19,623
22.07.1997 MOT 18,509
29.11.1996 Service (MD) 15,601
15.07.1996 MOT 14,953
24.07.1995 MOT 12,551
06.01.1995 Service (MD) 10,557
09.07.1994 Service 6,038
08.09.1992 Service 701
31.07.1992 Pre-delivery inspection /
Key Details
  • ModelSL 500
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date01.08.1992
  • CC4973cc
  • Mileage~59,000
  • HistoryExcellent
  • ColourPearl Grey
  • Interior ColourAlpaca Grey
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WDB1290662F061257
  • Engine #1199602203459
  • MOTYes. Exp - 24.02.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers4
  • Security SysStandard
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned4yrs
  • Key FeatureCondition & History

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£12,250 bid by Highroller 22.07.2021 @ 19:00:28
£11,999 bid by lkd 22.07.2021 @ 18:59:41
£11,500 bid by Highroller 22.07.2021 @ 18:52:08
£11,000 bid by lkd 22.07.2021 @ 18:47:17
£10,500 bid by Highroller 22.07.2021 @ 18:26:20
£10,000 bid by lkd 22.07.2021 @ 18:18:31
£9,000 bid by Trustams 22.07.2021 @ 18:17:29
£8,750 bid by Highroller 22.07.2021 @ 18:09:45
£8,500 bid by lkd 22.07.2021 @ 16:59:17

Peter have any of the recommended remedial works from MOT advisories been carried out?

£8,000 bid by Highroller 12.07.2021 @ 19:39:30

Vehicle Location

Alfreton, Derbyshire

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