The Mercedes-Benz R129 SL roadsters were produced from 1989 through 2002. The R129 replaced the R107 in 1989 and was in its turn replaced by the R230 SL-Class in 2002 for the 2003 model year.
The R129 was produced as a two-door, two-seat roadster with an automated (electro-hydraulic), collapsible textile roof, with a shell-like, color-matched, tonneau cover. All R129s came standard with an aluminum detachable hardtop that was fitted by folding the canvas roof down and manually attaching the hardtop. Designed in 1984, the R129 was based on the shortened floorpan of the Mercedes-Benz W124 and featured many innovative details for the time, for instance electronically controlled damping (Adaptive Damping System ADS, optional) and a hidden, automatically extending roll-over bar. The R107’s rather dated rear diagonal swing axle gave way to a modern multi-link axle. The number of standard features was high, with electric action for the windows, mirrors, seats and hydraulic convertible top.
This truly remarkable Mercedes-Benz must surely be one of the lowest mileage 129 series SL500 in existence! Purchased as a Birthday present for its sole lady owner from Normand of Mayfair and registered on the 27/09/96. It was driven 75 (seventy five) miles before being stored in her central London garage in Knightsbridge ( now showing 81 miles); a letter is on file from the single lady owner verifying its mileage and its provenance! One of the more powerful and sought after M119 engined cars that can only be described as in virtually ‘new’ condition. Imperial Red with Mushroom leather and fitted with factory optional extras including heated front seats,6 CD multi-changer, upgraded radio and wood/leather s/wheel.
This fabulous and unique example has just recently been subject of a light re-commission and is supplied with books/manuals and an MOT certificate until March 2018. This car is unblemished and must be unique in its condition for its age, “a brand new classic”!