The Mercedes SL-Class, for nearly its entire history up until the past decade or so, has continuously been a truly iconic vehicle. Whether it be the original SL “Gullwing” coupe and roadster (W121/W198), the tidy “Pagoda Top W113, the modern classic R107/C107, or this chic R129, the SL-Class was always a car associated with prestige, disposable wealth, and a carefree, glamorous lifestyle. Prominently featured in film and TV, the SL was always shown driven by a man or woman who looked the part, being as beautiful and glamorous in his or her own right as the SL itself.
The SL’s prominence sadly began a rapid decline around the time of the fifth-generation R230’s introduction in 2001. Coupes in general, let alone expensive grand tourers, were on the rapid decline, and neither the SL roadster nor being seen in one had the same effect as say, a blinged-out Geländewagen (G-Class).
In any event, the the R129 will forever be my favorite SL. It was the SL that I first knew as a small child and the Mercedes-Benz that I grew up aspiring to own, let alone ride in. Its styling still looks sharp and head-turning today, and it most importantly, no one will confuse it with any other Mercedes-Benz model. For the glamorous, oh the flossy flossy.
Photographed at The Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham, Massachusetts – June 2017