Mercedes Benz SL320 4oth Anniversary R129


  • Mercedes Benz SL320 Special Edition
  • Year: 1998
  • Mileage: 59,000 miles 
  • Engine: 3199cc straight 6   
  • Condition:  Original/Outstanding 

In 1998 Mercedes offered a special 40th Anniversary Edition to celebrate this milestone in the production of the legendary SL roadster.  Production of this special edition SL320 was limited to just 75 cars in the UK market and came with a several unique and distinguishing features to make this a highly desirable and rare car in it’s day.  Some 20 years later, now even rarer with perhaps 3 or 4 Anniversary cars coming to market in the last year we are privileged to offer what we believe to be one of the best R129s available today.

This SL320 was built at the end of the well known period of no expense spared, over engineered cars that are marvelled to this day.  To our minds, this car made late in the R129 production but pre Daimler-Chrysler merger is the most perfectly designed fully resolved iteration of the R129 chassis.  The drive, ergonomics and flexibility afforded to later models with luxuries such as a removable hardtop and xenon lights give modern cross continent ability with the pure class of the classic Bruno Sacco design.  An icon of the R129 SL Series.


The later M104 3.2 litre straight 6 was one of the most reliable engines ever produced by Mercedes and the 231bhp coupled with the later 5 speed automatic is a very refined and powerful combination.  With more than enough power to make progress when required and an evocative soundtrack the more relaxed SL320 is our preference over it’s raucous brother the SL500.

The car drives perfectly and is a joy to cover distance in.  The handling perfectly weighted, comfortable yet remaining taught and direct.  Everything works as it should and the 100 page folder of invoices shows maintenance has never been scrimped.


The blue/green Designo-Varicolour paintwork is one of the most distinguishing features of the car and appears as a dark blue to a vibrant green hue dependent on angle and light.  A very classy colour and unique to this Special Edition.  The body is in absolutely first class unmarked condition together with the Special Edition Evo II 17 inch wheels.  The removable hardtop and electric folding soft top mechanism are working perfectly.


The Orion Grey leather with dark walnut veneered trim with wooden steering wheel was the sole Special Edition colour combination and works wonderfully together.  The seats are absolutely as new and have the benefit of electric memory seats for both driver and passenger.  New ribbed Mercedes carpet mats are fitted.  The original Mercedes Becker Special radio/cassette is still fitted with the original CD changer in the boot.  

The original owners book pack in leather wallet, radio code card, toolkit, warning triangle, jack and first aid kit and two keys are all with the vehicle. 

A rarely available and perfect example of a true great.