1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 V8 W/ Panoramic Roof

Now up for auction is this 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 presented in Imperial Red over a Beige leather interior.  Equipped with a very rare removable panoramic hardtop as well as a powerful 5.0 L V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission, this SL offers unbeatable drivability and value.  Stated to have been garage-kept and properly maintained by its current owner over the past 7 years, this luxurious SL-class Mercedes-Benz is now being offered in excellent driving condition out of South Carolina, complete with brand-new tires and brakes.

The Imperial Red finish on this SL is reported to be in great shape, although some of the clear coat is noted to be worn away on the front bumper (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery).  The seller also states that the right rear fender was professionally refinished to address a cosmetic imperfection .  This R129 Mercedes features twin side fender vents, body colored moldings and factory aluminum alloy wheels which come dressed in brand-new Cooper tires installed within the last 1k miles.  Noteworthy equipment includes a black convertible soft top as well as a rare removable panoramic glass hardtop.

Inside, the Beige leather interior is said to be in very good condition with a recently replaced OEM Mercedes head unit. The seller indicates that the passenger seatbelt and windshield wiper motor were also replaced under their ownership.  All gauges and accessories are stated to be fully functional with the exception of the remote door locks.

This SL500 is equipped with a hearty 5.0 L quad-cam V8 engine which sends 315 HP to the rear wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission.  Factory performance features include an independent 5-arm multilink rear suspension, Antilock Braking System (ABS) and speed-sensitive power assisted steering.  An ignition system refresh was performed under the current ownership along with new brake pads and rotors which were installed within the last 500 miles.  All routine service is reported to be up to date and the seller notes that a full inspection was recently carried out by an independent Mercedes dealer which found the car to be in excellent mechanical order.

The sale of this Mercedes-Benz will include 1 master key, a clean title, owner’s books, service records from the current ownership, tools, a jack, spare tire and car cover.  This powerful and luxurious SL500 makes an excellent driver for any occasion, do not miss out.

Auction Results

  • Sold for: $5,245
  • Auction End: Oct. 20, 2020, 4:03 p.m.
  • Number of Bids: 13
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Comments (27)

  • m500sel 4 days, 17 hoursago

    Sold for $5,245

  • m500sel 4 days, 17 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $5,245

  • howarddrum 4 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $4,995

  • totaleclipse 4 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $4,550

  • Vietnam6871 (seller) 4 days, 20 hoursago

    By the way, CarFax has incorrect info such as - owner 4 and 5 are the same person. She moved from Knoxville to outside of Charleston SC.

  • porsche_dreamer 4 days, 23 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $4,300

  • porsche_dreamer (registered bidder) 4 days, 23 hoursago

    Thanks for the note, seller.

    Nice story and happy for you.

  • Vietnam6871 (seller) 5 days, 1 hourago

    Welcome to the auction howrddrum. If you have specific questions or different camera shots that you would like to see. I will respond as quickly as I can.

  • howarddrum 5 days, 10 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $4,047

  • Vietnam6871 (seller) 5 days, 10 hoursago

    It is discolored but I don’t know why. I married my wife this year in February and I don’t know the car beyond then. We both lost our spouses to hideous diseases and then found each other for a second chance. .I thought of buying a beige spray-on fabric paint which would color it all the same but I decided to leave it as is as that is the only issue with the interior. There is a small spot in the floor of the trunk also. A fabric spray would solve the issue on the doors - almost any fabric spray in a light beige sprayed on both door panels.

  • porsche_dreamer (registered bidder) 5 days, 11 hoursago

    Hi seller, thanks for reaching out. That's a nice collection you have!

    Can I ask you whether the discolouration of the upholstery in pictures 22 and 55 is some of a spill and cannot be washed off?

  • porsche_dreamer 5 days, 18 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $3,797

  • howarddrum 5 days, 21 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $3,450

  • porsche_dreamer 5 days, 22 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $3,000

  • GDLuxury 5 days, 22 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $2,750

  • switchcars 5 days, 23 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $2,500

  • GDLuxury 5 days, 23 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $1,250

  • Vietnam6871 (seller) 1 weekago

    Hello porsche_dreamer. This is my wife’s car. I have 4 Porsches, a 356SC, 914 S, Carrera Cabriolet and Boxster S. They are a blast to drive but so is this 23 year old SL500. If you have any questions, I will gladly answer them as best I can.

  • porsche_dreamer 1 week, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $800

  • Vietnam6871 (seller) 1 week, 1 dayago

    I received the 2 videos, top up, top down but they are very low res. The service center tried 3 times to send high res but whatever method they were using cut the res way down. I can post the low res videos if you must see them.

  • Vietnam6871 (seller) 1 week, 2 daysago

    The top up and down videos are being posted. All hydraulics are working properly and not leaking. The videos are low res but they prove the point.

  • Vietnam6871 (seller) 1 week, 2 daysago

    The front two hardtop/soft top hydraulic cylinders have been replaced and the top is working beautifully. Will post video of soft top up and down.

  • Vietnam6871 (seller) 1 week, 3 daysago

    The video of the engine running is posted

  • Vietnam6871 (seller) 1 week, 4 daysago

    @gatorboY I can get a video of the engine running tomorrow.

  • Vietnam6871 (seller) 1 week, 4 daysago

    @gatorboY There is no normal headliner. There is a screen that can be pulled forward that latches above the windshield but the top is heavily factory tinted and we never use the screen. It takes two strong people to get the hardtop off so I will have to get one of my friends to help so I can show you that the soft top works perfectly. I will try on Thursday as I am quite busy tomorrow.

  • gatorboY (registered bidder) 1 week, 4 daysago

    Hi nice car. How is the headliner on the inside of the pano roof?

    Possible to post a video of the engine running and the soft top operating (opening and closing)

    Thank you

  • gatorboY 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $550

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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 V8 W/ Panoramic Roof
Final bid: $5,245 This auction has ended.