The Mercedes-Benz SL-class has represented the pinnacle of two-seat sports cars and grand tourers since Mercedes-Benz introduced the lineup in 1954. While the R107 generation, of which we've sold many, is iconic, what followed in the shape of the R129 took the SL to greater heights. This 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster belongs to that generation and comes to you with just 43,700 miles reported by the current owner. One key is also included in the sale.
Sporting its Bruno Sacco-designed lines, the R129 changed the game and defined what we recognize as Nineties Mercedes-Benz styling. This 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster wears a two-tone white and gray color scheme, another Eighties/Nineties fad. It's got the original 16-inch Mercedes-Benz wheels from the period, wrapped in Michelin tires, and all badging is present and correct. Look closer, and you'll appreciate finer details, such as the dinky wipers for each headlamp to keep them clean and clear during inclement weather. If you're wondering about the Roadster bit, pictures show that this car is wearing its removable hardtop; a black soft top is also present beneath that. The gray interior seats two occupants and offers the best tech that Mercedes-Benz had in its arsenal for the period. You've got automatic climate control, powered seats with memory function, and the usual powered conveniences. The stereo has been swapped out for a more modern Kenwood head unit that supports Bluetooth phone integration and CD playback. The metal kick plates sporting Mercedes-Benz text also appear in pristine order, another sign of this car's light use over its lifetime. Behind the passenger cabin lies a trunk that can take 7.9 cubic feet of luggage.
North America saw the SL300 and SL500 offered at launch, while the monster SL600 joined the party in 1993, with the SL300 leaving as a result. This makes cars like this 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster relatively rare, and they're not exactly underpowered. Mercedes-Benz gave North American market SL300s the higher-output 24-valve 3.0L V6 that sent 228hp to the rear wheels via a 4G-TRONIC four-speed automatic transmission. Multi-link suspension with stabilizer bars ensures good handling, and all-wheel disc brakes with ABS are on hand to bring this 4,100lb car to a halt.
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