With prices for the older Mercedes-Benz models, such as the 'Pagoda' and W107 SLs heading ever higher, many enthusiasts are w starting to look at the R129 series SL. Produced from 1989-2001, it combined timeless elegance, luxury and effortless performance, with V12 engines available for the first time. The R129 was the last SL with a detachable hardtop and - for many Mercedes fans - the last to be built to the marque's legendary standards of construction.With that sophistication came new levels of equipment and unprecedented complexity. For would-be buyers today, there are more points than ever to watch out for. The cars' weight also puts strain on components such as the brakes and suspension. Choosing a good R129 demands care.This buyer's guide will help you do just that. Learn about the differences between models, and what to look for when buying. What are the true running costs, and what issues - with the mechanicals, body or interior - should you be wary of? Find the answers to these questions and information about the clubs and specialists who can help look after your R129 today.
Julian Parish has drawn on his own experience as an SL500 owner, and the support of independent specialists and Mercedes itself to prepare this guide. Julian is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and this is his fourth book for Veloce, including the popular 'France: the Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts', and previously translated Veloce's Mercedes W124 Essential Buyer's Guide from German into English. After a career in publishing and international software development, Julian now contributes regularly to magazines including Classic & Sports Car and translates motoring content from French and German into English.