Mercedes-Benz SL R129 era


The 190SL may not have the true sports car feel of its 300SL stablemate, but a more charming roadster of the era is hard to think of. But of course every SL generation is very different, so each has it own special appeal.

We also spend time on the 123-series estate, a fine modern classic that has, suddenly, become quite rare, with good ones remaining but hard to find. I was fascinated to learn that it almost didn’t come to the UK because Mercedes thought it would be too expensive to build in right-hand drive. But it did, and 123 expert Mark Cosovich explains why.

I hope you like all this, and I’ll see you in the next issue, out August 1.

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Jean-Claude Landry
Jean-Claude is the Senior Editor at, and, and webmaster of He has been a certified auto mechanic for the last 15 years, working for various car dealers and specialized repair shops. He turned towards blogging about cars and EVs in the hope of helping and inspiring the next generation of automotive technicians. He also loves cats, Johnny Cash and Subarus.