1991 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL R129


  • Low mileage V8 flagship R129
  • Stacks of history
  • Factory hardtop
  • Genuine two owner car – mother and son
  • Superb order inside and out
  • 12 months MOT 

The Appeal

Introduced in 1989, the R129 generation of Mercedes-Benz SL was a major evolution for the brand, bringing new standards of technology and luxury to the sports car market, along with a much-lauded safety innovation in the form of its pop-up rollover hoop.

The breath-taking styling was the work of Mercedes stalwart Bruno Sacco, his final design of a 40-year career with company. It looked magnificent then and still looks magnificent today. Yet it had plenty more going for it than just looks – it was a wonderfully luxurious grand tourer, powerful yet relaxing to drive.

This example is a 1991 car, untouched by later facelifts and therefore the R129 in its purest form, and absolutely stunning to behold in rare Signal Red.

It’s an astonishing car that has been in the same family ownership from new – mother then son – and comes with a comprehensive history file documenting a lifetime of cherished love and care. It’s an absolutely stunning example – as good an R129 as you’re likely to find and presented in unspoilt original condition.

Overall, a truly remarkable example of a completely original early R129, a Mercedes-Benz model that is on a rapid trajectory to becoming a valuable classic, following in the tracks of the earlier R107 and Pagoda models as an ideal tip for future investment.

It’s in stunning condition inside and out and comes with the desirable option of a factory hardtop and a well-documented service record. An amazing example of an emerging classic in as good condition as you’re likely to find.

The History and Paperwork

  • UK V5C
  • Advisory-free MOT until May 2025
  • Genuine two owner car – mother and son
  • Supplied new by Alan Day Mercedes of Colindale in May 1991 and resided at an exclusive address in London’s West End for the first decade of its life
  • Fully stamped service history to 80,902 miles in 2005, after which the car has covered less than 4,500 miles 
  • Independent maintenance records thereafter
  • Original Mercedes-Benz document wallet
  • Handbook, dealer directory and associated papers
  • Original factory build data record
  • Previous V5 documents 


The Condition

  • Original Signal Red paint in truly excellent condition – just some very small microblisters on one front wing
  • Factory 16-inch alloy wheels in very good order with no kerb marks
  • Beautifully presented bodywork with no dents nor visible corrosion
  • Factory hardtop
  • Excellent soft top with fully functional retractability
  • Excellent light units, badges and trim
  • Superb cream leather upholstery
  • Wood veneer inlays
  • Minimal seat wear and superb side bolsters
  • Aftermarket modern stereo 
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric seat adjustment
  • Heated seats
  • Excellent door cards and carpets
  • Mercedes-Benz dealer over-mats
  • Cruise control
  • Hardtop headlining has dropped slightly
  • Odometer is in working order however the mileometer is currently inoperative 

The Mechanics

  • 5.0-litre 32v quad cam V8
  • Five-speed automatic
  • 326bhp 
  • 0-60mph in 6.8 secs
  • Reported by vendor to drive very well with no reported faults or issues
  • Recently serviced and previously very well-maintained
  • Since the time of photography the milometer has stopped working


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Auction Details
  • Year 1991
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 84,491 Miles
  • Engine size 4973
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town London Colney
  • County Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
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Bidding history
9 Bids from 3 bidders
  • Charles•••• £5,250 19/07/24
  • Ashleyn•••• £5,000 19/07/24
  • ThomR £4,000 17/07/24
  • ThomR £3,000 17/07/24
  • ThomR £2,000 17/07/24
  • ThomR £1,000 17/07/24
  • ThomR £300 17/07/24
  • ThomR £200 17/07/24
  • ThomR £100 17/07/24

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