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Date registered: Sep 2008
Vehicle: 1997 SL 500
Location: Dubai.. for now.
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'97 SL 500 - 39,000 Miles
I will be offering my R129 for sale over the next 8 months. I live in Dubai and seriously enjoy driving this car, but plan to leave the country by Dec 15 of this year. Although I am not in a hurry to sell the car, I will consider offers now if they are at market price and will offer it on a sort of sliding scale as I intend to drive the car and add miles to it throughout the year. I will likely find a buyer here but have decided to offer it to those of you on this site who truely appreciate these outstanding cars.
It is a Japanese spec car that is in great shape. There are a few items that are not original namely: Wheels are larger than stock with 15mm spacers that give it a very stout look, it has a Becker CD/MP3 player, the headlight wipers have been removed and it has blue LED lighting throughout the interior.
I have had some work done here in Dubai by a very reputable garage that specializes in Mercedes, Porsche and Audi. There was a ticking noise attributed to valve lifters that was rectified by doing all the tappits to the tune of $3000. Needless to say, it now sounds like a well oiled sewing machine. The motor mounts and tie rod ends were replaced as well as the internal differential seals, a part I am not familiar with, but it's replacement solved my fluid leak issue. The soft top is perfect with no fading.
As for the price, I consider the fact that it has only 39K on it a rather attractive selling point and the reason that I bought it in the first place. I am offering the car up at $17,995 to begin with which I will be ammending slightly as the mileage increases. I drive about 800 miles per month on average and would anticipate selling the car for $16,000 near the end of the year. I am the third owner of the car. The last was a neurosurgeon who imported the car to Abu Dhabi from a Japanese socialite.
I have checked with a frieght forwarding company here who gave me an estimate of about $2800 to ship the car to the US or Canada. The buyer is responsible for this cost along with any customs fees etc. I will look after getting the car certified to US or Canadian standards from here.
I would be happy to send more detailed pictures of the car to anyone interested in seeing particular details.
Thanks for looking.