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Hi All

i am about to purchase a 500sl 1991.

i was under the impression that the bumpers from 1990-1993 for 500sl's were different to the body color.

yet this 500sl is white and so is the bumpers.

were there 500sl's back then where the bumpers and body color where the same?

or has this been resprayed?

all that i look for sale online seem to justify my claim of the bumpers being different to the body color.

any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Welcome to the forum! I remember seeing one-color SL's, but I'm sure you will here from the more experienced MB guys.
 

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Hi All

i am about to purchase a 500sl 1991.

i was under the impression that the bumpers from 1990-1993 for 500sl's were different to the body color.

yet this 500sl is white and so is the bumpers.

were there 500sl's back then where the bumpers and body color where the same?

or has this been resprayed?

all that i look for sale online seem to justify my claim of the bumpers being different to the body color.

any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
I got curious 'cause mine is an all-white '97 and found 4 white '91s on Autotrader. 3 were a little darker, a light gray I think, all the way around below a line at the level of the top of the bumpers, and 1 was all white.
 

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72 280SE 88 560SEC 92 E500 6.0 95 SL320 14 GLK350
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The 1997 version you are referring to benefits from the restyled bumpers, that match the body colors.
Earlier versions, 1990-1995, had bumpers and molds in a different color, though it is not a rare sight to come across unitones. It is a matter of taste actually.

I invite you to check the photo sticky where there are plenty of members' rides. This will give a better idea on color matching.

Also, these links will provide you with valuable info:
Info about the R129 SL class

Mercedes-Benz R129 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Don't forget the stickies as well.

Cheers,
 

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thank very much for the link and the advice.

there are many that where unicolor.

question is would anyone know if they came out of the factory unicolor?

nice sl500 by the way guys, i cant stop looking at them.

hope to post mine up very shortly.
 

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thank very much for the link and the advice.

there are many that where unicolor.

question is would anyone know if they came out of the factory unicolor?

nice sl500 by the way guys, i cant stop looking at them.

hope to post mine up very shortly.
I suppose you start by getting the color code from the plate on the car. My ('97) owners' manual gives the location of the plate.
 
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