Mercedes R129 SL Classic Car Reviews | Classic Motoring Magazine

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the 1950s, the SL has been the pinnacle of sports range, starting the iconic 300SL with its gullwing doors and swooping – at a time when a Morris was what volume producers foisting on us. But in those 50 years the has changed immeasurably, with new incarnation of the SL introducing more and luxury to satisfy those buyers. The ‘Pagoda’ SL years 1963 to 1971 were to this, but the longest running SL was the model, introduced in 1971 a an SL fi rst – a V8; this ran largely unchanged in the department until 1989 its much-anticipated replacement fi nally cover.

Compared to its predecessor, the ‘R129’ was a revelation; a technological tour de that immediately moved game forward light and yet these SL remain in the shadows if its predecessors. Not for much longer According to Mercedes specialists the (remember that soap) SL is to be the next Big Thing – so buy now while remain JR’s loose


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SL is built like a used to be. And should be!

The old R107 had a and proud service life so the was, as expected, virtually all and based upon the E Class at the time (and one of the German’s ever efforts we might albeit truncated for sports car Typically Mercedes there was the choice of engines – from a 2.8 litre six, through the 24 3-litre 300SL-24, right up to the strength 5 litre V8 with itself trumped by a 6-litre V12 out a massive 409bhp. There was an SL60 which managed 400bhp from 6-litres of V8. The icing on the cake,

though, was the bank vault quality which, as it turned was the very best Mercedes has before or since. Confusingly, did mess around with the designations; 1994 cars the fi rst to have the new designation. For example, the 500 SL now SL 500. Also starting in Mercedes offered special SL from time to time, as the Mille Miglia edition of 1994 or the Silver Arrows of The newmodel proved so appealing, it Princess Diana to lease a
in 1991 – the fi rst Royal to drive a car; but let’s face it, if going to court controversy, a sports car makes it worth it!



With a spanning 12 years, the earliest of is now over 20 years old, the can be seriously cheap. Just will get you into a leggy 300SL, but it’s not to be recommended; any SL will start at £5000 and with both the six and eight models similarly priced at age due to the higher running costs of the which peak at around 12k for a low mileage post-2000 car.

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