What To Buy: 1990–2002 Mercedes-Benz 500SL

The R129-generation Mercedes-Benz SL debuted for the 1990 model year to tremendous pent-up demand. Its predecessor, the R107, had languished in production for 18 long years, and the new model was a quantum leap in design, engineering, safety, and performance. Delayed nearly a decade while Mercedes focused on its new small sedans (the 190E and 300E), Bruno Sacco’s R129 matured in the studio and emerged as a timeless, sophisticated, and impossibly elegant triumph of industrial design. Better yet, the R129 was as much substance as style, with safety and technical innovations that were a decade or more ahead of most every other car on the road.

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