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Just when I thought that tough times and slumping R129 prices might be making pano tops more affordable, I noticed this one on eBay: 1998 MERCEDES SL600 SL500 PANORAMIC HARDTOP GLASS ROOF | eBay

Recently sold for $4k in Phoenix, AZ!

Frankly, the reason for looking was that I just bought a crashed, silver '97 SL500 with pano top at a dealer's auction. Gosh, the whole car costs me about as much as the top could sell for...
 

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Damn, that's crazy. I'm almost positive based on the pictures that is the roof which was originally listed for $500 on craigslist in Tempe AZ recently (which is really close by). The guy probably got a flood of responses and decided to sell via ebay instead

Glad I already have my pano :)
 

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I've set a goal to get a pano for under $1500.00 plus my roof... With many R129's here in the Bay Area, and Northern California in general, I'm feeling confident I can do it... Patience's and perseverance will be the key.
 

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Damn, that's crazy. I'm almost positive based on the pictures that is the roof which was originally listed for $500 on craigslist in Tempe AZ recently (which is really close by). The guy probably got a flood of responses and decided to sell via ebay instead

Glad I already have my pano :)
Did any BenzWorld members chase up the $500 Arizona Pano? There was some thinking it was a scam at the time. I'd value my Pano in the UK at maybe £1250 or thereabouts, but it's not for sale, I like it too much. They were only £2600 as a factory option when new. Muliply by 1.5-ish for dollars. Standard roofs only seem to fetch maybe £150 -£250.
 

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At present I'm using mine as a cloche for forcing rhubarb ...............

Only kidding :D

Like Ken, if someone offered even 4000€ or £, I would turn them down.

I think it was last year, there was a silver pano on eBay UK with a start price of £1, I immediately contacted the seller and offered £650 cash on pick up. He accepted, then later reneged on the deal when he found out what it was and what they usually sell for :mad:
 

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The difference to the R230 "Pano"

FYI, for those who have been craving an R230-style retractable hardtop.

One of the downsides is that the "Pano" option on the R230 has far less glass in it than our R129 panos. There is nothing panoramic about it, but at least it lets some more light in from the top...

The reason for the limited glass area in the R230 pano option is that the front lock cylinder and its huge locking mechanism are built into the top panel, and the moving frame parts still have to hide on the side. See photos below for illustration, taken from an R230 with some trim pieces removed...
 

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I always thought someday I'd sell my R129 and buy a R230 (RED! one), until I read that you cannot go to the golf course with your regular bag of clubs with the top down - deal breaker!
 

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prices USUALLY drop around spring when those take the top off.. I like the 2 tone when the top dont match actually.. weird.

congrats on the kid man!
 

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Gold/champagne colored pano Scottsdale AZ

I currently have one pano in very good condition located in Scottsdale AZ. It's not silver, but gold/champagne colored. I was thinking of putting it up for sale on eBay shortly before Christmas time... :)

Klaus
 

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See the posts above : there are several available at $4K plus (including mine if the price is right):cool:
 

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Mine is cheap : just $99.99 :eek:fully refundable and satisfaction guaranteed (10% off for BW R129 Forum members, elbeik will get another 5% off) but with a $4K non-refundable delivery charge anywhere in Continental US.:rolleyes:

Can even be (hand) painted to any color you want as long as paint is available (in your color at HomeDepot).
 

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does anyone know if the pano tops from the later years will fit on the 1995 SL500? my windows have the function that they go down a little bit when you open the door.
 
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