This 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 was purchased through a dealer in Texas in December 1998 and remained with the first owner through December 2003. In early 2004, the SL moved to central Georgia with the second owner where it remains today offered by the selling dealer out of Macon, Georgia. The car is finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic (744) over a Gray Leather (238) interior and powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. Recent service includes new shifter bushings, a complete transmission service with new filter, fresh spark plugs, four new ignition coils, a new blower fan, new ignition wires, new valve cover gaskets, a new fuel filter, and more. Features include the SL1 AMG Sport styling package, SL2 Package with heated seats and Xenon headlamps, a retractable black soft top, a folding wind deflector, paint-matched hardtop with stand, automatic climate control, and a factory Bose stereo. This SL500 shows 84k miles on the odometer and is now offered by the selling dealer in Georgia with factory literature, a recent Carfax report, one remote key, one valet key, documented recent service, and a clean Georgia title.
The car is finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic (744) and features the desirable SL1 AMG Sport package which includes a sculpted AMG front bumper, side skirts, and a rear apron along with factory 18” staggered AMG wheels showing machined lips and painted faces. This example also features an electric black soft top, xenon headlamps, fog lights, and a paint-matched hardtop. The Carfax shows damage to the front of the car in 2003 but paint readings meter normally and the front of the car doesn’t show any signs of damage. The selling dealer notes that a ding has been fixed on the right door via paintless dent removal under their care. The front bumper features a european tag mount and front tag.
Factory 18” staggered AMG wheels showing machined lips and painted faces were refinished under the selling dealer’s care. Later model OEM center caps are shown mounted on the wheels and the seller notes the original painted caps will be included in the sale. New Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires have been mounted by the seller as well and show 2020 date codes on the rear tires and 2021 date codes up front. New brakes and rotors were installed at 70,280 miles.
The cabin features seats trimmed in Gray (238) leather with a matching dashboard, gray carpets, and burl wood veneer accents on the center console, door panels, and added armrest. Amenities include power-adjustable orthopedic heated front seats with position memory, automatic climate control, a folding wind deflector, a factory BOSE head unit with cassette functionality, and an auto-dimming mirror. Interior flaws mentioned by the dealer include cracked sun visor mount surrounds, a small tear in the driver’s seat bolster close to the bottom of the seat back, and a cracked seat switch plate for the passenger side. The factory radio and antenna are noted as original and functional. The internals of the original CD changer have been replaced with an SD card reader for auxiliary audio.
A leather-wrapped steering wheel frames a 160-mph speedometer, 7k-rpm tachometer, and clock along with gauges for fuel level, instant economy, coolant temperature, and oil temperature. The digital odometer indicates 84k miles, 60k of which were added by the owner. The selling dealer had the cluster lights replaced with all new bulbs and mentions the steering wheel shows wear and cracking at the top of the wheel.
The 5.0-liter M113 V8 was factory-rated at 315 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. Recent services and maintenance includes three new top hydraulics (no leaks are present), new shifter bushings, a complete transmission service with new filter, a new oil dipstick, fresh spark plugs, four new ignition coils, a new blower fan, new ignition wires, new valve cover gaskets, new air and fuel filters, and a new hood pad. An original tool kit, spare tire, and jack are included.
This SL500 shows 84k miles on the odometer and is now offered by the selling dealer in Georgia with factory literature, one remote key, one valet key, documented recent service, and a clean Georgia title.
Videos below show a walk around featuring the exterior and interior along with a driving video.
The Devil is in the details, as they say, and no detail is more devilish on the R129 than the SL1 AMG Sport Styling package. This package added more aggressive bodywork on this reliable roadster including an AMG front spoiler, side skirts, and the rear apron. If you're not convinced that the SL1 package makes all the difference on these cars, take a look at the price divide between an SL1 car and a standard R129: the collectors know the difference and the sale prices reflect its desirability over the standard non-sport cars. This example, finished in classic Brilliant Silver Metallic, adds the SL2 luxury package and seemingly checks every box for what a beautiful, Sacco-era Mercedes-Benz roadster should be. While there are a lot of R129s out in the market, few of them check this many boxes and are as clean as this one, and all of them are gaining market momentum.
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