The R129 generation Mercedes-Benz SL was sold from 1989 through 2002, available in the affordable inline-6 SL300, and nutty V-12 SL600 -- but somewhere in the middle lives the V8 SL500 which splits the difference between performance and running costs. Due to the magic of depreciation you can pick up an SL500 for less than the original buyer paid in luxury tax, and it makes sense to buy a nice one. Find this 1992 Mercedes-Benz SL500 here on eBay bidding for $3,800 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go, located in Itasca, IL.
This SL500 offers a great combination of low miles (70k on the odo), decent condition (looks nice inside and out), a favorable color, removable hardtop, and a decent bidding price...just gotta hope the reserve is low.
Powering the R129 500SL is a 5.0 liter V8 that puts out 322 horsepower and 332 ft-lbs of torque into a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The 4145 lb 2-seater offers a solid driving experience and with the hardtop in place you'll be hard pressed to tell it isn't a coupe.
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