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280SL
280SL, designo interior
500SL
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Development of a milestone

Higher safety standards

First integral seats in an open car

An automatically folding soft top

An improved suspension

The launch of the new SL

“Car design of the year” award

Introduction of the first V12

A new model nomenclature in 1993

The 1995 Facelift

The 1998 Facelift

The AMG models 500SL 6.0, SL36, SL55, SL60, SL70 and SL73

Comprehensive buyer's guide


The VIN and data card explained

What is my car worth
The special editions
-  Special Edition 1995
-  Mille Miglia 1995
-  La Costa Edition 1997
-  40th Anniversary 1997
-  Special Edition 1998
-  SL Edition 2000
-  Final Edition 2000
-  Formula One Edition 2000
-  Silver Arrow Edition 2001
-  Other special editions

The tuning scene
-  Brabus
-  Carlsson
-  J. Hagmann
-  Koenig Specials
-  RENNtech
-  Testing a RENNtech SL600 7.4


The Middelhauve and Karmann SL

The sales performance

Technical specifications
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Mercedes R129 Intro Video Mercedes R129 SL600 Video Mercedes R129 SL500 Video

MERCEDES R129 280SL - SL73 AMG

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