"Following the resounding success of the R107, the R129 Mercedes-Benz SL had a rather tough act to follow, as it still had to carry on the tradition of a fast and reliable grand touring convertible. The advantage designers had with the R129 was technology. By the time the final car rolled off the production line in 1989, these earlier models had been in production for 18 years with very little change. Therefore, the SL 500 featured many new and innovative ideas, such as controlled electronic damping, automatically expanding roll-over bar and a more modern multi-link rear axle. In addition to this was a fully operating electric roof, windows, door mirrors and seats, which made this model easy and comfortable to operate. The new SL also boasted a more powerful engine and the stopping power was aided by anti-locking braking for added reassurance.
This example is offered in pearl blue metallic with beige leather, a highly desirable early R129 500SL with 5.0 litre V8 engine and comprehensive options. Not only does this car boast an impressive list of expensive extras, but it has an enviable service record, looked after exclusively by Mercedes-Benz dealers and carefully chosen accredited specialists, backed up by a large service and maintenance file totalling over £16,000.
Clearly a well cared for car, the first owner of which was sensible enough to make some key decisions with the options list, including electrically adjustable and heated front seats with memory, cruise control, acceleration skid control, rear seats, air conditioning, heat insulating glass, headlamp wash/wipe, closing system with infrared remote control and central locking for inside storage compartments amongst others and is complete with matching factory hard top. Offered for sale with a V5C registration document together with an MoT test certificate until September 2020, this SL 500 offers exceptional value."