The Pick of the Day is a 20-year-old Polar White drop-top 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500 with only 73,000 original miles. The car retailed when new for an MSRP well into the $80k range, but it’s being offered on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Fort Worth, Texas, for just $13,900.
The iconic “R129” chassis SL marked the 4th iteration of a car originally launched in 1954 as “Super-Leicht,” German for Super Light. The R129 lived for more than a decade, from model years 1990 through 2001, and it had a long life with consistent updates throughout that time.
Among those options were 13 different engine varieties from a 196-horsepower inline-6 all the way up to a 518-horsepower 7.3-liter V12. There were 3 different transmission configurations, including a rare 5-speed manual. The Mercedes’ overall shape, however, stayed consistent aside from minor cosmetic enhancements.
This Mercedes SL is powered by a 5-liter V8 that produces more than 300 horsepower. It’s said to have been “exceptionally maintained and garage-kept,” and the selling dealership also reports that it “drives and looks like new.” There has been recent service performed and the available records will accompany the car at point of sale, the ad says.
Innovative for its time on the SL500 model was an automatic roll bar designed to deploy in the event of a rollover. The Mercedes for sale has that feature, as well as two different available roofs: a folding soft top and a removable hardtop. Isolation from the elements and heightened interior refinement were important reasons why Mercedes-Benz insisted on making a hardtop available on this expensive luxo-roadster.
With summer weather around the corner, people are dusting off their convertibles, applying their sunscreen, and hitting the boulevards around America. Perhaps this SL500 is just the ticket to fresh air and freedom.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.