55,290 Original Miles


Automatic Transmission
5.0L M119 V8
315 hp @ 5600 RPM*
347 lb/ft torque @ 3900 RPM*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 6.1 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph
MSRP in 1993: $100,200


*Seller Asking:



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Fast Facts:
  • The 500 SL (R129) was substantially more powerful than the 560SL (R107) it replaced, despite using a smaller engine. This is because the engine in question is the 5.0L V8 (M119) – the same engine found in the 500E
  • The M119 was an engineering marvel, sporting a quad-cam all-aluminum construction with 32 valves, forged connecting rods with integrated piston oil cooling jets, aluminum pistons, and a 10:1 compression ratio (high for the time). It was complex but well-engineered, having proved itself in motorsport (LeMans/Group C)
  • In fact, Mercedes admitted in factory literature that the M119 is “the closet thing to a racing powerplant that [Mercedes] has fitted to a passenger car since the 1950s”. Unfortunately, the characteristics that made a great race engine didn’t always align with the preferences of the average SL buyer. Peak torque, for example, didn’t arrive until nearly 4,000 RPM
  • A simplification of drivetrains meant that Mercedes would replace the M119 with a new M113 V8 in 1999-2002 SL’s. The M113 seemed like a step backwards in many ways (making less horsepower, less torque, and featuring only 3 valves per cylinder) but the flatter torque curve was arguably more suitable for the SL’s character – peak torque now occurred much lower down (2700 RPM vs 3900 RPM in the M119) and peak torque lasted for a much longer period (from 2700 to 4250 RPM, while the M119 simply peaked at 3900 RPM)
  • The M113 was also much lighter, provided better fuel economy, and was less complicated than its quad-cam predecessor
  • Regardless, the more powerful M119 is regarded as one of the best V8 engines in the company’s history. Not only does it have a racing pedigree, but the M119 was constructed at a time when Mercedes engineering seemingly had free rein. The ambition for the highest possible standards would eventually give way to ambitious accountants in the mid ’90s, and Mercedes cars would never quite be the same
Key Model Year Changes:
  • Final year of the “500 SL” designation. Models built after June 1993 wore an “SL 500” badge
  • Horsepower drops slightly from 322hp to 315hp. This was due to a new Bosch LH-Jetronic fuel injection system replacing the old Bosch KE-Jetronic. The tall-deck engine block was also replaced with a more compact low-deck design
  • The mechanical updates meant the large “spider” fuel distributor that normally resides at the back of the motor is now gone
  • Years 1990-1995 are generally grouped together in terms of significant model year changes. These years had the highest MSRP and can be identified by the 3-slotted vent on the front fenders
  • 1990-1995 were the only years to have remote control/memory of the overhead rear view mirror, automatic locking door panel pockets/center console storage bins, and even a steering wheel that moved out of the way for you upon entry
  • 1990-1995 also feature the two-way opening center console as well as the simpler climate control panel that is easier to use and comprehend compared to the later units


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by mjrplumber@aol.com
Published: April 15, 2021 (2 years ago)
Toms River, New Jersey


1993 Mercedes Benz 500SL in Signal Red
Garaged kept. $100k MSRP
Second owner. 55k original miles
Hard top included
Fresh tune up and service. New wheels with Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires
Power windows and leather seats. 12 CD changer and a new Kenwood radio with blue tooth
Drives beautifully!


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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
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Mileage Disclaimer: NOC has not confirmed if the mileage stated by the seller is true and accurate. It is up to the buyer to verify these claims. Vehicle history reports, service records stating mileage, and even inspections of odometer tampering are recommended.

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