Look at this glorious old Mercedes-Benz SL

You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been, or something

Enjoyable fact: this R129-generation Mercedes-Benz SL had not been as successful as its precursor, the R107. The last sold 237,287 systems over its 18-year lifespan, whereas this Eighties/Nineties icon just changed 204,940 in between 1989 and 2001.

In addition to Mercedes-Benz accounting professionals, that else cares. It’s an additional home run for Bruno Sacco– the man who created the 190 and also your favorite S-Classes (W126/W140)– that continued his excellent run of visual type for this generation of SL.

It was the very first automobile to include main AMG by-products as well. Not as well long after the R129’s introduction, AMG was fully integrated into the Mercedes mothership do not fail to remember. So later on in the R129’s life we got the full birthed SL55, SL60, and also even an extraordinarily powerful, extraordinarily rare SL73. That vehicle had 520-odd horse power.

Not as unusual as the V6-engined SL280, mind, of which simply 1,704 designs were constructed. One more enjoyable truth to repel your friends with.

So, as the dust decides on the brand-new Mercedes-AMG SL, a chance to remember the model’s last high watermark.