Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Car Of The Day: September 18, 2012
Today's car of the day comes from Firehawk73's collection and is Hot Wheels (Corgi)'s 1989 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL.
The Mercedes-Benz R129 automobiles were produced from 1989 through 2002. They were sold under the SL-Class model names. The R129 replaced the R107 SL-Class in 1989 and was in its turn replaced by the R230 in 2003 (US).
For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Mercedes-Benz 500 SL
Wheelbase 99.0 in
1989: 1880 kg - 4,145 lb
1993: 1889 kg - 4,165 lb
1999: 2188 kg - 4,670 lb
Trunk capacity 7.9 cu ft
Fuel capacity 79.8 l - 21.1 gal
The R129 came to public attention in 1991 when Diana, Princess of Wales sold her Jaguar XJS to lease a J-reg metallic-red 500SL and became the first member of the royal family to use a foreign car. This was not without controversy as it sparked a media storm as it questioned whether a member of a British royalty should drive foreign cars. Media pressure eventually forced her to return the car to Mercedes-Benz in 1992, with whom it now resides in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.