The Mercedes SL series is quite likely the very finest automobile ever made.The SL500 engine runs without sound or vibration at idle and normal speeds. It has more power than even the largest military Hummer, yet when pushed merely makes a slight whooshing sound while objects from afar get very big very fast and evaporate in your rear view mirror almost instantly. Shifting through the gears the SL500 gives no jerking forward and back, but instead offers continuous, unbroken smooth acceleration more like a silent turbine jet engine. The SL500's ground speed exceeds the speed at which aircraft lift off, and ten SL500s have more power than a locomotive with a lot less weight and noise.While moving the SL500 reminds one that it costs over five times what a normal car does not by excess, but by the absence of all the little noises, inconveniences and compromises of lesser cars. As many world religions have noted, pleasure and Heaven are not obvious pleasures, but the complete lack of unpleasantness.The SL500 is a masterpiece of beauty, power, smoothness, safety and convenience which cannot be put into words by any living poet. The rest of this is all technical. Other cars occasionally can offer better performance on paper in one aspect or another, but always at the expense of something else at which the SL continues to excel. The rest of this cannot possibly convey the pleasure received from owning an SL500. There were 5,632 model year 1997 Mercedes SL500s sold in the USA. The engine is a V-8 5.0L, 304 CID, DOHC, 32 valves, four cams, Variable Valve Timing (VVT) with 347 ft-lbs torque @ 3,900 RPM, 315 Horsepower @ 5,600 RPM. She laps the Quarter Mile in 14.5 seconds at 99.2 mph. This particular example has only 64,157 miles from new and is in outstanding condition. Also, please note that the soft top is in-operable. Projecting perfect proportions from every angle, the R129 SL500 is the crown jewel of the automotive designers' art. Designed with passion and vision, the R129 SL500 looks as astonishing today as when it was introduced. For more informatin on this beauty and others, give Austin a call at 863-226-8590.