When Mercedes unveiled the R129 SL-series in 1989, it was a welcome update from the long-running R107 models, not only with its fresh looks but also, its innovative engineering. Features like an automatically deploying roll bar and belts integrated into seat frames made of magnesium were unheard of at the time.
Of course, the thumping 5.0L V8 found under the gloriously long hood of the 500 SL model only made the car more desirable. Tight handling from the multi-link rear was complimented by brisk moves – Car and Driver recorded a 0-60 time of 6.3 seconds and called the SL “unflappable.”
Fast forward 30 years and that same magazine highlighted the R129 500 SL as a “new classic that’s poised to increase in value.” It’s easy to see why. These cars flex with the kind of old-school Teutonic attitude that’s impossible to miss. Particularly in Signal Red.