Unfortunately I no longer have room to keep this classic R129, so it is offered up for auction.No expense has been spared to ensure this is a reliable operation car. The classic lines, handling and the 322hp V8 make this car a sheer pleasure to drive.With black paint and black leather interior, it glistens in the sunlight and draws many a comment.There are a couple of minor blemishes such as the rear 1/4 windows in the soft top are worn, stitching has started to come apart in one spot. I also need to replace the front tow hook cover....lost it or it was stolen.This is a genuine Australian delivered car and one of very few that was specced with rear seats. They fold down to carry your furry friend.Currently on club plates which are not transferrable, but will be suplied with RWC.An updated grill has been fitted, however, the orginal (in perfect condition) comes with the car.Original Hard Top in excellent condition comes with stand and cover.Buyers with less than 10 feedback must email prior to bidding or bid will be deleted.The below is from The Classic Motorist.The R129 was, when released in 1989, a technological tour de force. As would be expected, it had an automatic softtop and ABS. However, it also had a hidden roll bar that would pop up in the event of a roll-over and a host of other features that are still to trickle down to ordinary cars, such as optional electronic control of the shock absorber’s damping rate. Like two door Range Rovers, the Benz had a seat frame that was strong enough to take seatbelt mountings. This meant that the belt always held you securely in the seat, wherever the seat was positioned. It also meant that the belt moved out of the way when the seat was folded forward.Under the skin, the car had a sophisticated multi-link rear end and electric everything. Contemporary road-testers seemed overwhelmed by the technology, build quality and thorough engineering of the car, but found it a little stodgy to drive. It was no MX5. However, the big Benz convertible was a supremely comfortable, extremely safe and very stylish way to get about. The car weighed just under two tons (about the same as the aforementioned model Range Rover). Most contemporary articles pointed out that the weight of the car made a mockery of the “Super Light” that the SL in the car’s name stood for. Nonetheless, with 320 bhp and 347 ft lbs of torque the Benz was able to comfortably cover vast distances and deliver its occupants unruffled to their destination. As an example of the thoroughness of the car’s design (and with thanks to Ken Rockwell (KenRockwell.com) for pointing this out, there is a light switch on the inside of the boot. You can use this switch to turn off the light if you want to leave the boot open for an extended period. It automatically resets the next time the boot lid is closed. In many current cars, such a light will eventually go out of its own accord, but hats off to the thoroughness of Mercedes in the late 80s. The car’s boot, by the way, is large and is not compromised by the soft top being stored in there when it is lowered (unlike the BMW 3 Series, for example). Instead, the folding roof sits in its own space behind the cabin and is covered by a hard tonneau that automatically lifts to allow the roof to fold. The tonneau then automatically drops back in place to cover the folded roof and make everthing tidy. The roof is fully automatic. It is not even necessary to unlatch it from the windscreen header rail (as it still is in a Porsche Boxster, for example). Whether in this regard, the Benz gilded the lily a bit probably depends on your dexterity.In addition to its folding fabric roof, the big Benz came with an aluminium hardtop that could be easily removed and left at home if the car’s soft top would suffice for your journey. Despite the challenge of storing it when not on the car, the added refinement and security of the hardtop was a nice option for some drivers. My MGF has a detacheable hardtop and I have not fitted it in years. I only fitted it back then because I had to park the car in the street overnight and was worried about some idiot slashing the roof. In the case of both the MGF and the SL 500, the hard roof makes a handsome coupe out of a roadster.The SL 500 was usually offered as a large two-seater, but there was also a desirable, and very tight, rear seat option that gave the owner’s dog a more comfortable spot to sit and the ability to move small people a short distance if needed. The two and four seaters are otherwise identical and the rear seat can be retro-fitted to two seater versions.This car is advertised elsewhere, thus, this listing may end at any time.