For the 1990-2002 year models, the R129 platform iteration of the Mercedes-Benz SL was in full effect. With a few minor updates here and there, the R129 SL was so popular that Mercedes was actually able to keep it in production with minimal changes for 12 years straight! That just goes to show how lovable and popular these little cars were, even when new. Nowadays, these cars typically find their way into the hands of enthusiasts, and that's mostly the “regular” models. This 1997 SL320 is a special 40th Anniversary Edition equipped with options specific to the Anniversary Edition. These were only produced for the 1997 model year, and just 250 were made.
This example is a low-mileage spent the majority of its life in Florida. The exterior is finished in a brilliant purple/blue/silver color called Quartz Blue Metallic. This was a special paint color reserved for the 40th Anniversary SLs. For being a Florida vehicle, the paint is in remarkable condition that suggests this vehicle was garaged or at least covered. With just 44,864 miles on the odometer it is no wonder that there are very few imperfections in the paint. Additionally, this car is wearing the original wheels which are styled in true Mercedes-Benz fashion, yet a nice break from the older designs that had been implemented on their products for many years. The exterior defects are minimal, and minus some typical '90s Mercedes sideview mirror discoloration the outside of the car hardly needs anything.
Step inside, and you'll be transported to a completely different place. The interior is finished in a soothing gray material with special 40th Anniversary Edition wood trim on the doors, steering wheel, dash, and console. The interior of this car is strikingly lighter and more calming than the interior of other contemporary Mercedes-Benz products. The special Royal Maple wood trim is sure to catch the eye of any discerning Mercedes enthusiast. The interior is very nice, clean, and complete showing only some age and wear on the steering wheel, seats, and on some buttons. This car still has the correct 40th Anniversary blue-trimmed floormats and they are in excellent condition.
Overall, this car is in about the condition you can expect for a car with this low of mileage. The body has been well-preserved by the Florida climate, but some interior wear can likely be attributed to the Florida sun. The engine runs smoothly and quietly; this is a clean example of German engineering inside and out!
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DOES IT WORK?
Air Conditioning YES
Oil PSI Gauge/Light YES
Temperature Gauge/Light YES
Fuel Gauge YES
Tail Lights YES
Brake Lights YES
Reverse Lights YES
Turn Signals YES
Emergency Brake YES
Keys – Ignition, Door & Trunk YES
Runs & Drives YES