At the 1989 Geneva Motor Show Mercedes-Benz presented an SL which was a new car in every respect. The first models were the 300 SL, 300 SL-24 and 500 SL.

Internally the series was designated R 129. Straightaway the response was extremely positive, and shortly after the presentation it was foreseeable that the planned annual production capacity of 20,000 units would be stretched to the limit for years and delivery periods of several years would have to be accepted.

Models
Internal designation
Production period: preproduction to end
Number of units
SL 280
R 129 E 28
1993 – 1998
10,319
SL 280*
R 129 E 28
1997 – 2001
1704
300 SL
R 129 E 30
1988 – 1993
12,020
300 SL-24
R 129 E 30
1988 – 1993
26,984
SL 320div>
R 129 E 32
1993 – 1998
32,223
SL 320*
R 129 E 32
1997 – 2001
7070
500 SL / SL 500
R 129 E 50
1988 – 1998
79,827
500 SL**
R 129 E 50
1997 – 2001
23,704
600 SL / SL 600
R 129 E 60
1991 – 2001
11,089
SL 55 AMG
R 129 E 55
1999 – 2001
***
SL 60 AMG
R 129 E 60 AMG
1993 – 1998
***
SL 73 AMG
R 129 E 73
1999 – 2001
***
Total
204,940
* With V6 engine
** With M 113 engine
*** Not separately documented

 

Source: Daimler AG