Stolen 1992 Mercedes SL 500 Recovered After 27 Years With Just 1,180 Miles

This is a 1992 Mercedes SL 500 that has covered just 1,180 miles (1,900km) but unlike the usual person-buys-car-then-forgets-about-it deal, the story here is a little different.

The car is offered from an insurance company on Copart as a recovered theft vehicle, as it was stolen from the dealership in November 1991. After 27 years, this teal Mercedes SL 500 was finally recovered, discovering that the car was stored indoors all those years having been driven for just 1,180 miles.

The interior is finished in tan leather and it comes with the desirable aluminum factory hard top. The ad mentions some minor dents and scratches but the cabin looks minty fresh and in accordance to its really low mileage, while the paint looks in pretty good condition as well.

Powering this early example of the Mercedes SL 500 is the company’s M119 5.0-liter V8 engine with 322hp paired to the standard-fit automatic transmission. The German luxury convertible feature many innovations for its era, including active dampers and a roll-over bar that could extend automatically in the event of an emergency.

The R129 Mercedes SL is considered one of the most successful generations of its nameplate, staying in production between 1989 and 2001.

The open-top sports car is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the current top bid at the moment of writing is $13,900. Not bad for a luxury time capsule full of ‘90s nostalgia, right?

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  • Bash

    Wow, I’m actually surprised. 14k is the highest bidder!!

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Stick a Supra badge on it and watch it go!

    • Christian

      Go figure…

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Iconic Mercedes.

    These were so beautiful.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      These ARE so beautiful.

  • EM1

    An awesome design that holds up so nicely.

  • Brabusbus

    I don’t think the car was stolen, but it was saved.

  • PK

    1180 miles. is that a bad thing?

  • kachuks

    Stolen barn find?

  • TheBelltower

    I love this generation SL. This particular color is meh, but the engine is fantastic and the design is timeless.


  • Ary Wisesa

    I covet this SL so much. Even more than its predecessors.

    • Miknik

      I fully agree; The last good looking SL, and also easily betters the Pagoda and R107; Such a great design, truly Bruno Sacco’s masterpiece.

  • Craig

    I would LOVE to own this! It’s annoying not living in the US. When it comes to seriously great used cars – living in Canada is like being at the ‘kiddie table’.

  • Richie Rich

    Fuel pump probably busted.

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