AutoHunter Spotlight: 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 convertible showing 84,198 miles on the odometer. This R230-chassis SL is dressed up with aerodynamic and performance equipment courtesy of the the AMG Sport package, including unique styling elements for the front air dam, mesh air intakes, side sills, and rear fascia. Torque comes from a 5.0-liter V8 which sends power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Finished in metallic silver over a gray leather interior, this SL is offered from the selling dealer with a clear title.

The silver body has a color-matched power-retractable hardtop. Other exterior features include xenon headlights, fog lamps, fender vents, pin striping, turn signal repeaters in the mirror caps, a trunk-mounted third brake lamp, and dual exhaust outlets. The AMG Sport Package adds a unique front air dam with mesh air intakes, special side sills, and a package-specific rear fascia.

The 18-inch AMG Sport wheels come mounted to a staggered set of low-profile tires.

The cabin is optioned with gray leather bucket seats with matching door panels, lower dash, center console and carpeting. Along with gloss woodgrain trim, additional amenities include a COMAND navigation system, Bose audio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a center console, cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, Keyless Go access, and power windows.

Instrumentation includes a 160-mph speedometer, a 7,000-rpm tachometer, clock and auxiliary gauges that show fuel level and coolant temperature. The digital odometer reads 84,198 miles, a figure that lines up with the most recent CARFAX entry of 84,087 in May 2022.

Under the hood, power comes from an M113 5.0-liter V8 that was rated at 302 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque when new. Service was completed earlier this year, and the valve cover gasket and power steering pump were changed about 30,000 miles ago. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The chassis uses Mercedes-Benz’s Active Body Control (ABC) suspension system. Stopping power comes from four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.

The auction for this 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 ends on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 2:40 p.m. (PDT)

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