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Date registered: Feb 2004
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My dad just picked up a 66,000 mile SL500 SA a couple of weeks ago.
This is not the kind of car that you buy on logic. Because logic dictates that you look for the best R129 that you can get for what you are willing to pay. There are far better deals to be had in terms of bang for your buck because, technically and mechanically speaking, there is not much difference between an SA and a regular 2002 R129. Brakes are about it.
This is the kind of car that you buy on emotion because you like the car and what it represents; which is the run-out model of the R129. This is doubly so for the SL600SA. Being the last of the breed it will have all of the production upgrades that the early models did not have.
The thing is that R129s are not inherently revolutionary cars like the 300SL Gullwings or the 190E Cosworths (particualrly the Evos) or the 6.3s, 6.9s and 500Es were, so while you could buy it as an investment, I think it will still be another 15-ish years before you really see an uptick in the value of an R129.
While you *might* be able to find a really nice, lower mileage one for not too much money ($10 - 15K), there is a good chance that you are going to have to put more money into it sooner rather than later. Especially if you have to replace the softop hydraulics (~$8K IIRC), never mind anything else that needs to be done to keep a 20-ish year old car up to snuff.
On the other hand, you can get low mileage R230s for not too much money (mid-$20ks) and you get a newer, more advanced car than the R129. More advanced meaning, just as an example, that you have the folding hardtop so you don't have to store the hard top or deal with a deteriorating soft top, and you have that much longer before you have to face the possibility of having to overhaul ITS hydrulic system.
Than all having been said, the SA is a little bit different because it's a special edition, but again, it's differences are mostly superficial, so it's not like we're talking about the hand-built by Porsche W124.036. And even those aren't big money cars...yet. So , ultimately, SA ownership is more about personal satisfaction. Or bragging rights, depending on your personality.
Last edited by yvrbenz; 06-06-2019 at 04:32 PM.