This 1,180-Mile Mercedes 500 SL Was Stolen Before It Became a Barn Find

All photos: Copart

There are lots of reasons to love the Mercedes R129-generation SL, not the least of which are its inline-six and V8 power, rear-wheel drive layout, and delightfully 1990s looks. But if those aren’t enough, this 1,180-mile 1992 Mercedes 500 SL “barn find” for sale on insurance auction site Copart may just win you over with its sheer perfection.

There’s a mysterious story behind this running, driving, clean title-having “barn find” Mercedes currently bidding at $14,400. According to the Copart description, it was stolen way back in 1991:

This is an insurance company supplied vehicle that is a recovered theft. According to the insurance company claim, the vehicle was stolen from the dealership in November 1991. The vehicle was recovered in late 2018 and was found that the vehicle had been stored indoors the entire time and only was driven 1,186 miles.


Currently located in Pittsburgh, the SL apparently picked up a few minor dents and scratches over the years, but boy does it look splendid in these photos:

Even the interior looks fresh:


As does the engine bay:


And it’s teal, because 1990s car.

Check out the auction here. If you find yourself on the fence, debating whether or not to get in on the bidding fun, this MotorWeek video will almost certainly put you over the edge.

Just look at that Stuttgart-designed luxury convertible rip those smoky burnouts, and imagine how badly this one for sale on Copart has been yearning to do the same.

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