5k: V12 Depreciation Special: 1994 Mercedes-Benz SL600 R129

We posted a V12 powered BMW 850i last week along with a challenge to our readers to find something V12 powered and cheaper…of course the challenge didn’t last long and the tips poured in like fuel into a V12 luxobarge.  BMW wasn’t the only German manufacturer to offer a ultra high priced V12 tourer; Mercedes-Benz produced its SL600 from 1992 to 2002.  Find this 1994 Mercedes-Benz SL600 V12 for $6000 in Oakland, CA via craiglist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

This R129 V12 cost more than $120k USD when new, but now is priced at a day old produce level of $1.34/lb.  Its engine is the Mercedes M120, a 6.0 liter 48-valve dual-overhead-cam V12 that puts 389 horsepower into a 4-speed slushbox automatic – a strange combination of high-tech modern engine and old-school burn-out machine style transmission. The Mercedes-Benz M120 engine is complex but it was developed back when Mercedes had its eye firmly focused on quality – problems will be expensive, but it isn’t like the ticking time bomb under the hood of the BMW 850i…but don’t quote us on that…this one could blow up tomorrow.

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