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Cars & Bids Bargain of the Week: 1995 R129 Mercedes SL 320

From supercar to sports car to sporty grand tourer, the Mercedes SL has certainly led an interesting life. And with the latest version developed by AMG, Mercedes-Benz’s long-running convertible should have a promising future, too. But even if you don’t have the scratch for a Gullwing or ‘pagoda’ SL, the older roadsters still have plenty of life and luxury left in them. And that especially goes for this week’s Cars & Bids bargain car, a 1995 R129 Mercedes SL 320.

The R129 Mercedes SL is one stylish, luxurious, and classy classic convertible

1998 R129 Mercedes SL Special Edition | Mercedes-Benz
1990-2002 R129 Mercedes SL
Engines 1990-1993 300 SL: 3.0-liter ‘M103’ inline-six
1994-1997 SL 320: 3.2-liter ‘M104’ inline-six
1990-1993 500 SL/1994-1998 SL 500: 5.0-liter ‘M119’ V8
1999-2002 SL 500: 5.0-liter ‘M113’ V8
1993-2002 600 SL/SL 600: 6.0-liter ‘M120’ V12
Horsepower 300 SL, SL 320: 228 hp
500 SL: 322 hp
1994-1998 SL 500: 315 hp
1999-2002 SL 500: 302 hp
600 SL/SL 600: 389 hp
Torque 300 SL: 201 lb-ft
SL 320: 232 lb-ft
1990-1998 500 SL/SL 500: 347 lb-ft
1999-2002 SL 500: 339 lb-ft
600 SL/SL 600: 402 lb-ft
Transmissions Four-speed automatic (1990-1995 V8 and V12 SLs)
Five-speed automatic
Five-speed manual (300 SL option)
0-60 mph time 6.1 seconds (1993 600 SL, Hagerty)
6.2 seconds (1993 500 SL, Hagerty)

Bruno Sacco is responsible for some of Mercedes’ most timeless designs. The W124, the first E-Class, for example, introduced sedan styling conventions that are still in place today. But if you asked Sacco, he’d say his best design was the fourth-gen Mercedes SL, aka the R129.

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