In Europe the base R129 model was the 190 hp 3.0 L inline 6 300SL with 12 valves. The 228 hp 3.0 L inline 6 with 24 valves is known as the 300SL 24 . But it was the 322 hp 500SL , with a 5.0 L V8 engine, which made the most headlines. The specification was high, with electric windows, mirrors, seats and roof. The R129 model was the first convertible/roadster to offer the automatic rollbar deployment in event of rollover. The motorist can also manually raise and lower the rollbar should he choose to. This facilitates the clean look of R129 without compromising the occupant's safety.
The vendor is the third owner of this vehicle, having purchased it in May 2004, the previous owner having purchased it in 1998 from a Mercedes dealership. During his ownership the vehicle has primarily been used for pleasure with an average annual mileage of approximately 4000 miles. Full service history accompanies this vehicle, including detailed worksheets since May 2004. Servicing has been through a specialist Mercedes garage. During the vendors ownership there have been no significant mechanical problems as is evidenced by the history.
The vehicle is in excellent condition, having undergone full refurbishment since the vendor puchased it, and the soft top was replaced in 2007. The car had a full re-spray and refurbishment of its alloy wheels in 2013 due to loss of colour. The hard top was replaced as part of this work. Additional work was undertaken in December 2015 to treat small areas of rust at the rear of the front wheel arches