A collector car enthusiast’s great opportunity…..being offered for sale is a beautiful 1996 Mercedes SL500 R129 meticulously maintained with low mileage and no mechanical defects except the antenna does not raise or lower. The radio plays. The black paint has a luxurious finish with only a few minor scratches. The paint is all original except for the front and rear bumpers which have been repainted for a restored look. The hard top has a new liner. The interior is almost perfect even including the floor mats. There are newer tires on the vehicle, and the battery and the soft top hydraulic cylinders were replaced in July of 2015. During this service work over $3,400 was spent to check all aspects of the vehicle and make any necessary repairs. This is the second version (1996 - 1998) of the model years that is considered to be the most desirable. For example, the automatic 5 speed transmission and side air bags were first offered in 1996. With electronic stability control, antilock brakes, "adaptive damping" shock absorbers and front airbags, the R129 SL was among the most technologically advanced vehicles of that era. 79,827 units were produced during the 1996-1998 model years. This is a rare car in the U.S. with just 2,742 sold in 1996. With only two owners and driven about 1,000 miles a year, this vehicle shows and drives like it is still new and deserves a number (2) or excellent rating for its condition. It has entered the collector car era, and with this condition and vintage is hard to find. A top over- head lift system is also included with the sale.This car is ready to enjoy. In summary, this car looks and drives like a one year old vehicle. Anyone interested, should spend a little time understanding the engineering, features, and capabilities of this unique vehicle. It is truly an amazing car that provides the driver with a most rewarding experience. This car purchased new in 1996 in today’s dollars would have cost approximately $135,000. A clean CarFax report is available upon request. I am a friend of the owner who purchased this car for her husband who can no longer drive. If there are questions I can not answer, I will coordinate with the owner to get the necessary information.