Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dog Leg Manual: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

The R129 generation Mercedes SL convertible was built on a shortened version of the W124 E-Class sedan platform for a remarkably long 13 year model life from 1989-2002.  It was  available in the affordable inline-6 300SL, roarty 500SL V8 and nutty V-12 600SL - but if you want one with a clutch pedal, you'll have to go for the 300SL.  Find this 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SL offered for $3,500 near Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:
Selling my 1990 Mercedes Benz 300SL. This car has the M104 24 valve motor with the dog leg 5 speed manual transmission. This is a super rare combo that is very hard to find. The car shows 103k miles and it does run and drive. I've owned it for 3-4 years and it is titled and registered in my name. 

While the car does run and drive, it should be considered as a project car that is in need of cosmetic work. 

I had full intentions of restoring this car, however I have too many projects so I need to thin the herd a little.

The car is rust free and has a clear blue Texas title in my name.

I have posted a couple of videos of the car that should give you plenty of details on what the car looks like and how it runs. 

See video walk around here:
See car running here:

It is a super rare car and fun to drive. Price is firm and I am not interested in trades or offers for less. I'm happy to work with out of state buyers who want to pick up and I can assist with any transport company as far as loading.

See another car that might be a cheap junker today, but will be a classic in the future?


  1. What a pile, however I am going to give it props for being a manual.
    I guess with some elbow grease and some $$$$ one could make it fairly nice.

    1. Couldn't agree more! Look at the passenger's front corner. Salvage title says it all. Turns out MB parts are more expensive that this owner budgeted for on the flip :)

  2. Speaking of manual MBZ, I have a friend with a 190 2.3 16v with a blown motor. The car is the same gold-ish beige that the Senna car.
    The car is probably a 5 out of 10 condition. I could pick it up for a few grand. I never have because I am not sure I could personally rebuild the engine. Also, it may be above my mechanical ability and even the parts and machining may be more money than the car is worth.
    Any opinions? Anyone have experience with these?

    1. is a great resource and they also have a FB group

  3. This car proves that doglegs belong on dogs!


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