Mercedes-Benz 500SL
Lot 354
1992 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Convertible Chassis no. WDBFA61E7NF045685
Sold for US$ 7,475 inc. premium
Lot Details
1992 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Convertible
Chassis no. WDBFA61E7NF045685
• 3.0-liter, DOHC, 231bhp inline six
• Four-speed automatic transmission

• Less than 47,000 miles from new
• One of the most technologically advanced cars of its day

In 1989, Mercedes-Benz retired its classic Type 107 bodyshell that had been used for a succession of beautiful sports roadsters for almost the preceding 20 years, replacing it with an equally appealing, sleek new design in the modern idiom. This new Type 129 body style was used for three different engine types: 6.0-liter V12, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.0-liter straight six. As installed in the 300SL, the fuel-injected six was available in 12- and 24-valve versions, the latter being 41 horsepower more powerful at 231bhp, the only available option in the US, and delivering significantly improved performance with a 0-100km/h (62mph) time of 8.4 seconds and top speed of 150mph, figures that bettered those of the 12-valve model by around 1 second and 8mph respectively. As one might expect, these new SL luxury sports cars were designed to be world leaders in their class and lavishly equipped in the best Mercedes-Benz tradition.

This Signal Red over tan hides 300SL left Stuttgart in September 1991. An original US delivery car, it is equipped with the more powerful 24-valve straight six. Fully loaded with both tops, few more advanced or well appointed cars could be bought when the purchaser of this SL drove off the lot. Automatic climate control, 10-way power seats with 3 memory settings, passenger side SRS airbag, and automatic pop-up roll bar system were all standard fare. The W129 found fancy with the rich and famous, including the late Princess Diana who got a 500SL in 1992 to replace her XJS—an event which marked the first time a member of the British royal family acquiring a car not built in their own Kingdom.

Having traveled fewer than 47,000 miles since new, about 6,000 of which have been accumulated in the three years since the car joined the Oldenburg Family Collection, there is still plenty of life in this Benz drop top. Renowned for their solid build and reliability, the R129-series of the SL will no doubt provide many happy miles to its next owner. Plus, you can say you've got a 300SL in your garage for a small fraction of the cost of the other 300SL coming up in eight lots.

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