Mercedes produced the R129 over twelve years from 1989 to 2001. During this period, Mercedes completed over 200,000 builds for wealthy individuals around the globe. This included countries on the African Continent, in Oceania and the Americas. The R129 built upon the established position of the R107 SL. It added technological flare and modernist traits. Changes included dropping the traditional chrome bumpers reminiscent of previous generations. Find out more about the R129 SL here.
As our workshops and our reputation has grown, so too has the presence of Modern Classics. Owners from all over the world ship their cars to us here in the UK. They request everything from full restoration work to routine servicing and storage. This ongoing relationship with Mercedes R129 owners has allowed us to expand our knowledge of the highest calibre replacement engine and electrical components, interior trim, aesthetic, and performance parts.
SLSHOP Parts Store has a team of talented Product Managers, each dedicated to owners of numerous classic Mercedes models. Andy Smith is our Super League Mercedes R129 Parts Product Manager. He works tirelessly to stay in tune with the needs of owners, restorers, and service centres around the world.
Andy’s Top Mercedes R129 Parts Picks, January 2021:
Those committed to the roadster spirit will continue to make the most of their convertible over the colder months of the year here in the UK. Of course, if you’re an owner in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re lucky enough to enjoy top-down driving all year round.
A wind deflector from SLSHOP will transform your driving experience from good to grand. Your passenger won’t complain and those with long hair will be knot-free once the drive is over. This is a simple accessory that will make a drastic improvement to your SL ownership experience.
Your cabin should be a joyous place to reside, not somewhere that provokes frustration due to tired and worn upholstery and trim. Manufactured by the original supplier to Mercedes Stuttgart, these mats are constructed from Velour with a foam backing and produced to fit your footwell perfectly. Please note, we only stock left-hand drive examples at present but can source right-hand drive versions for you.
A shiny new set of alloy wheels will brighten your outings and emancipate your car from the confines of a traditional, angular looking Mercedes. Alloy wheels are also lighter and will improve the handling, braking and acceleration of your Mercedes R129.
Water ingress is a common issue with the R129 SL and can cause severe problems for your car. There are over 20 patented electrical components in the seats alone; with many other electrical parts that can be affected. Consider replacing your boot, deck lid and door seals to ensure your car is watertight.
The R129 SL is a dependable daily driver but should yours spend a considerable amount of time on the drive or in the garage, consider purchasing a car cover. SLSHOP’s outdoor car cover is perfect for protecting your R129 from the rain and other pollutants.
Protecting the paintwork of your R129 is key – a respray is an expensive job at the best of times. Under bonnet insulation will also help keep heat out of your engine bay, reducing stress on the engine. Additionally, touching a hot bonnet could be dangerous causing damage to your skin.
Naturally, when a battery’s power drains and owners struggle to start their cars, they are inclined to try and jump-start the engine with a jump pack or other vehicle. However, sudden spikes of energy in your car can damage a multitude of electrical components in your car, including your roof operation. When storing your car or not using it, be sure to place your car on charge to avoid depleting the battery.