1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500
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Classic Car Overview
This 1996 Mercedes SL500 is an exceptionally original example of a new crop of classics. So you get to experience finely aged style, while also enjoying great modern luxuries like A/C, power everything, a large V8, and a five-speed automatic transmission.
If you want to treat the interstate like the Autobahn, do it in a R129 Mercedes-Benz SL. It has an intimidating presence when it looms large in anyone's rear-view mirror. That's due in large part to the wide grille and massive three-pointed star, but from any angle, this car looks like unstoppable performance. While it's not small, it does have the sheetmetal stretched tight over the mechanicals, and few cars have ever been as densely packed with technological wizardry as this SL. Not just technology, but just superior engineering, too. You see that in how the original paint still has the kind of luster that makes lesser cars jealous. White was a bold choice in 1996, but today it gives the car a modern elegance. Out back, the iconic ribbed taillights not only look good, but also they were developed as a dirt-repelling safety feature.
The blue leather interior adds a bold and sophisticated attitude against the white exterior. The R129 is a true luxury and technology machine, and you know it the moment you sit down. Those buckets seats are power adjustable and engineered to keep you comfortable on long road trips. Of course the pair of seats is just the tip of the premium iceberg. This SL has real wood trim, automatic climate control, power windows, power locks, cruise control, and an upgraded AM/FM/CD/XM stereo with aux input for the most modern music players. Whenever you don't want to share all the features with the world, the blue folding roof raises and lowers electronically with the touch of a button. For those days you want a coupe, there is an included removable white hardtop. But there's another side to Mercedes amenities that are always a nice bonus. This premium marque is known for engineering plenty of safety into their cars, and this can be seen on features such as the dual airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, and roll bar that automatically pops up when danger is detected.
The 500 in SL500 refers to the 5.0 liter V8 that lives under the hood. The numbers-matching motor is a DOHC unit that produces 315 horsepower. So you get the best of both world with low-end power at the stoplights and plenty left for passing power even if you're cruising above the speed limit. In fact, that's exactly how the SL500 was engineered. The five-speed automatic transmission, power steering, multi-link fully independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes all work together to give you confidence and power no matter if you're driving through town or approaching triple-digit speeds. That's what makes this car so timeless. You can arrive at the club, and every other SL owner knows you took the long way there because this sport and luxury machine was specially built for it.
Vehicle History Report
Classic Car ID101045753
Transmission5 Speed Shiftable Automatic
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