In one form or another, Mercedes-Benz has been producing a two-seat sporty convertible since 1954 under the SL-Class moniker (SL standing for “Sport Leicht,” or “Sport Lightweight” in English). The cars have always been popular standard bearers, and have combined sporty touring qualities with comfort and quality. The R129 version of the Mercedes-Benz SL is no exception.
For the 1990 model year, Mercedes had prepared a replacement for the R107 design that had served the SL-Class since 1972. The new R129 design received a state-of-the-art adjustable sport-luxury suspension and an all-new chassis. Twin A-arm front and fully independent multi-link rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and a complete unibody chassis defined the new SL. Safety features included an automatic roll bar that was designed to extend in the event of a rollover accident. All SL-Class cars in this era were delivered with a cloth convertible top and a removable aluminum hardtop.
In 1993, the 600SL was added, featuring a 6.0-liter 48-valve double overhead cam V-12 engine at 389 hp and four-speed automatic transmission. In 1996, both the SL500 and SL600 were upgraded to a five-speed electronic automatic transmission. The SL600 V-12 remained unchanged through the end of this era.
The R129 Mercedes SL-Class is one of the finest engineered cars of its era, and all represent fun and fantastic experiences. The V-8 and V-12 models obviously offer more power and performance, but driving enthusiasts may prefer the manual transmissions of the six-cylinder models.
- 4 Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
- Airbags, Front Impact, Driver and Passenger
- Aluminum Mag Wheels
- AM/FM Stereo
- Automatic Ride Control
- Climate Control with Automatic Air Conditioning
- Convertible top, White
- Cruise Control
- Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
- Exterior Mirrors, Dual Power Remote, Heated
- Floor Console
- Front and Rear Anti-Roll Bar
- Hard Top
- Headlamp Washers and Wipers
- Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
- Power Antenna
- Power Disc Brakes
- Power Locks
- Power Telescopic Tilt
- Power Windows
- Rear Window Defroster
- Roll-over Protection
- Security System