Spotted in China: Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500

Published on August 1, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500

Here we have a picture perfect Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500 in white with a black hood, seen on a second hand car market in Beijing. It was for sale for a steep 499.000 yuan or 78.000 USD. Not cheap indeed but a extremely rare vehicle for China since the R129 was never officially imported. Some arrived via the gray market but I’ve never seen such a good example in China.

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500

Note AMG alloys and big 19 inch tires! The R129 was made from 1989 until 2001, some 213.000 cars were built. This brilliant white car is a 500SL, powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine that pooped out 322hp and 469nm. It is a pre-facelift model, made from 1989 until 1995, easily recognizable by the front fender vents, before 1995 they had 3 squared slots, after 1995 two rounded slots.

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500

Alloys very 1990’s, very shiny.

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500

Poor SL500 temporarily used as a drying rack. Owner of the shop was very busy cleaning two Mazda MX-5, one kinda cool one in red with a hard top, see right of Benz, also see first pic.

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500

Interior seemed to be in good condition, leather a bit worn out, can be repaired easily in China. Automatic gearbox. Benz logo in front of gear lever is after market. Take it out!

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500

Ready to cruise under a blue sky, a seldom thing to see in Beijing…


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  1. schaminski- August 1, 2012 Reply

    except for some minor details, what a beauty!
    on the other hand, who really wants to drive in china with the top down?! i’d get a hardtop, which looks better anyways, or, even better, look out for a C140.

    ahh….gotta love those 90s benz-bricks.

  2. Dennis- August 1, 2012 Reply


  3. TurboJaySmith- August 2, 2012 Reply

    sold here for 10000-15000$…what da heck of a difference

  4. Tarik- January 21, 2013 Reply

    I have 560sec 1986 an ECE version 300hp V8 5.6L
    with trip computer heated seat ,electrical seat
    if anyone is interested

  5. Richard Cook- November 8, 2013 Reply

    I have a 2002 SL500 with the additional hard top & AMG package, silver w/grey interior, blk convertible top, 12 way bose sound system, full load, 62,000 mi never driven in winter or bad weather. Bought at North Houston Mercedes and now I have it in Calgary Alberta Canada. I will sell this immaculate car for the right price or trade for condo in Weifang by the river as my wife has one there you pay shipping and taxes from Calgary Alberta CA..
    Contact Rick Cook for photos

  6. Richard Cook- November 8, 2013 Reply

    I see the email will not go up so 1-587-435-4437, if needed my wife speaks Mandrin.
    Thanks Rick Cook.

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