This 25-Year-Old German Convertible Is Still Somewhat Affordable

With each passing calendar year, car enthusiasts enjoy a fresh crop of newly minted “classics.” Given that the general criteria for a classic car are its age, we’re beginning to witness cars from the ’90s skyrocket in price. Not only is this happening with just exotics but everyday economy cars as well.

However, as with every generation of classic cars, more than a few slip under the radar of your average car collector. This allows the regular folks to own a classic car at a steeply discounted price. Take the Mercedes-Benz R129 SL class, for instance.

Once seen as Mercedes’ flagship car, the R129 SL featured some mind-blowing technology. Combined with the creamy smooth V8 MB always delivers and you have a recipe for success.. Commanding a value of $30,000-$40,000 overseas, these hardtop convertibles can be had for as low as $5,000 stateside — and for good reason.

So when automotive YouTubers, The Fast Lane Car, decided to host a series to determine the best convertible sports car of the ’90s, the obvious first choice is the Benz pictured above.

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There’s No Such Thing As A Cheap German Convertible

Producing over 200,000 examples, the R129 isn’t particularly hard to find. Chances are your local Craigslist page is currently hosting a couple for sale. However, curiosity got the better of TFL after the owner claims his red 1992 500 SL never came with the factory soft top.

With that in mind, it wouldn’t make much sense that someone in the middle of Colorado owns the classic Mercedes without a soft top. Interest, this perks their curiosity. The guys at TFL pile into a brand new GLE 53 AMG and set out to buy their idea of ​​the perfect ’90s German convertible.

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On The Hook For A $9,000 Repair Bill

Logically speaking, chances are the MB does contain a soft top, but the idea of ​​a $9,000 repair bill can be daunting for most. This is even scarier when realizing the owner wants $10,000 for his example.

Luckily for TFL, they quickly discover the soft top hidden away relatively underneath the hard top and in decent shape.

Avoiding catastrophe in the form of a near five-figure repair bill, the guys quickly discover the radio is inoperable after years of inputting the incorrect pin, thus locking the owner out of the radio. Years before smartphones were even a thought and Mercedes managed to lock out many owners for incorrect pin usage.

After an entire two days of leaving the radio on, it finally allowed the guys to input the password. Besides an issue with the motors in the seat, this 25-year-old German convertible was turned out to be a decent purchase.