The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 71
1996 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Roadster

Selling on Friday

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Roadster


• Lovely maroon paint and custom alloy wheels
• The 4th generation of the classic SL known as R129
• Fully removable aluminum hardtop and soft top
• Highly equipped with the original leather interior

5.0-litre V-8 engine, 315 HP, five-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel fully independent coil spring suspension, power disc brakes; wheelbase: 99”

The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class cars are all Grand Touring vehicles manufactured by Mercedes starting in 1954. The designation SL derives from the German Sportlich-Leicht, or Sport Light. The original idea was suggested by American importer Max Hoffman, who perceived a market for a toned-down Gran Prix car tailored to affluent performance enthusiasts in the booming post-war American market. The SL designation was first applied to the 300SL, often referred to as the Gullwing due to its upward-opening doors. By the ‘90s, it was known as the R129 platform, and the SL 500 had morphed into a fully modern road car complete with Mercedes’ most popular V-8 engine.

From top to bottom, this 500SL is a clean and highly original example, with smooth panel fit and an excellent shine. The glass, and even the covered headlamps are in great shape. This car was obviously indoor kept for most of its life and remains in lovely condition inside and out. The SL 500 features a hydraulic adaptive suspension, giving it an incredibly smooth ride. This wonderful example rides on custom alloy wheels with radial tires. The leather interior is very nice with only mild wear on the driver’s seat. The stainless-steel sills are like new, with very serviceable carpets and clean clear glass in the roomy and comfortable cockpit. The digital dash features air-conditioning and the factory sound system, and the lucky driver will enjoy a full complement of power-assist items, including steering, brakes, top, seats, windows, and locks. One of the flagship sports cars of the era for Mercedes-Benz, driving an 500SL is an experience every enthusiast should enjoy, top up or down.

The 600SL emblems on this 500SL are playful and hard to resist, and with a 6.2 second 0-60 time and a 140-MPH top speed, the 315 HP V-8 is a classic Stuttgart powerplant. Enjoy one of the finest Grand Touring cars of the decade in this fine Mercedes-Benz.

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