1998 Mercedes-Benz R129 500 SL with Grey Leather
Designo Vario Paint with Grey Leather / 500 SL
1998 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Special Edition (R129)
Designo Vario Color 1 – Green-Blue (017) with Grey Leather (268) and
Panoramic Glass Hardtop (415) with Blue Fabric Soft Top (5010)
(more photos of the car are available than are shown on the website. Please email Bruce for the full photo suite)
In 1957 Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 300SL Roadster to the world, starting a lineage of grand touring cars under the Sport Leicht name. 40 years (and four generations) later in 1997, Mercedes-Benz celebrated the launch of the Roadster with a very special ‘40th Anniversary Edition’ of the SL.
Of 500 cars built worldwide, just 150 were offered in Right Hand Drive. These special cars featured Designo paintwork, AMG wheels and ‘special edition’ badging on the sills and ashtray cover. The paint finish on this particular SL is one of the finest shades offered throughout R129 production, known as Designo Vario I Green-Blue. This is a metallic finish that has two personalities, ranging from deep ocean blue to tropical green depending on the light in which you catch it. It is a rare and desirable colour, complimented by soft grey leather.
Inside there’s all the usual refinements that a 500SL has to offer, with the Special Edition being equipped with the half-wood steering wheel – a lovely thing to hold as you waft along in luxury. The seats are extra soft luxury leather, making this car a very comfortable tourer. The electronic folding soft top is blue, whilst the matching removable hardtop is classed by Mercedes-Benz as option code 415 or Glass Roof… better known as panoramic. This large tinted glass roof is a lovely thing to have on an R129.
When it comes to the drive and handling, this SL is propelled by the most powerful variant of the 5.0 litre V8. The R129 used two different versions of the M119 engine, in both 322hp and 302hp. Due to changes in emissions, cars built after 1998 lost a little horsepower, whilst pre 1995 cars were predominately fitted with 4 speed gearboxes – making the 1995-98 cars some of the best in the range.
AMG Monobloc wheels complete the picture, the wheel of choice for many R129 enthusiasts. This wheel is a style that encompasses the bold direction that the R129 introduced, a product of the closer relationship between Mercedes-Benz and AMG upon which the R129 capitalised and one of the defining features of a Special Edition.
This car has been known to SLSHOP for a number of years, belonging to a friend and client for whom we have sourced and sold a handful of cars. It comes with an impeccable service record, showing a life of care and attention that verifies the low mileage. The most recent service was in 2017, and the car has been in managed storage with SLSHOP ever since.
When it comes to the R129 SL, buyers have a diverse choice of available cars, but for ultimate desirability a car has to stand out from the crowd. This is one of the finest examples we have come across, a rare chance to acquire an established modern classic.
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- Designo Vario Paint
- Grey Leather