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Low Miles, High Price: 6,500-mile 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500

This 1999 SL500 has traveled only 6,500 miles in its 21 years and it shows.

The smoke silver paint and beige nappa leather look the part of a low-mile car despite the selling dealer's mention of a "small touch up" to the paint.

Offered for sale here on craigslist in Tacoma, WA for $32,950, the selling dealer has not provided a VIN nor a carfax so there's no info on the number of owners or accident history; elements that will certainly help bolster or sink the low-mile premium for the otherwise pedestrian R129.

Lacking desirable features for the facelifted R129s like the SL1 package or the panoramic hardtop, this example is a beautiful time-capsule but not as exciting as some of the similarly-miled cars that sold in the mid $40k range on BringaTrailer in the past two years. From the photos we can xenon headlights, heated seat switches, and staggered Sport package AMG wheels.

Even at nearly $33,000, this could be an excellent buy if the ownership/accident history checks out and a paint meter confirms original paintwork, but flippers beware: unless you live local to the listing, the lack of margin may leave you as the next long term custodian of this long-idle roadster.


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