Stored indoors only, it's now up for sale. Legally this time.
It’s not often we come across a time capsule like this. And it has an interesting history to go along with it. This 1992 Mercedes-Benz SL500 roadster was stolen from a US Mercedes dealership back in 1991. It was only recovered late last year. Whoever stole it figured it’d be a future collectible (or whoever bought it from the alleged thief). No word if the guilty party was ever caught. Nor are there details explaining how it was finally found, which is kind of a shame because there’s probably a good story here.
For the past 28 years, it’s only been driven 1,186 miles. It was even stored indoors and reportedly only has a few minor scratches.
And they certainly don’t make them quite like they used to; this ’92 SL500 is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 with 322 hp paired to a four-speed automatic transmission that sends power directly to the rear wheels. It even has a removable hard top instead of the folding hardtop typically used on roadsters like this.
The tan leather covering the interior looks perfect as well, as does the wood trim surrounding the main controls. The SL is considered to be the iconic Mercedes-Benz grand tourer. The first generation SL, famously known as the Gullwing, arrived in 1954. Surviving examples sell for a lot more than this fifth-generation model.
Currently located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the car is being advertised on Copart, a website often associated with selling what’s left of crashed cars including several exotics. Its estimated retail value is listed at $12,008 but you’ll have to place a bid if you’re interested. As of this writing, the top bid was only $13,900 but we wouldn’t be surprised to see that climb before bidding comes to an end.