As noted in Klipnik’s R129 buying guide, there are some downsides to buying a 600SL from the earliest years in the model run, including the possibility of having to deal with the notorious biodegradable wiring harness issue or to troubleshoot its finicky ASR system – not to mention opting out of the terrific 722.6 5-speed automatic that was not available until the 1996 model year.
One of the positives, though, is that the early cars tend to come in more interesting colors, such as the gorgeous Nautical Blue factory paint present here. Also adding flair, though slightly anachronistic, are the retrofitted AMG wheels.
Offered on eBay HERE with a starting bid of $13,500, this super low-mile example looks to be one of the best preserved out there.
Prices for choice R129s seem to be on the rise, with V12-equipped variants like this one leading the way. Given that several other nice early 600SLs have sold around $15,000 recently on Bring a Trailer, I’d say getting this one for anything less than that would be handsomely bought.