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Autotrader Find: 1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 With 1,000 Original Miles

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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2017

Today on Autotrader Find, I'm giving you ... a 1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 with 1,052 original miles. I never understand how or why this stuff happens, but it does happen occasionally, and it never stops being strange.

Offered by Frankman Motor Company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, this SL500 is a true and honest time capsule, with virtually no wear anywhere on the vehicle and every single original item still perfectly preserved -- including the window sticker, which shows that it was delivered new to Smith Company Motor Cars in Charleston, West Virginia, with an MSRP of $92,970. Also included is a letter to the original owner from Mercedes-Benz and my personal favorite item, a "Mercedes-Benz music system demonstration cassette."

So how did this happen? The Carfax report shows the original owner purchased the car on June 26, 1995, and registered it in Montgomery, West Virginia. An emissions test was performed 3 years later, in August 1998, when the car already had 831 miles on it -- which means the bulk of its 1,052 miles were added in its first 3 years. A service record in October 2002 gives a mileage reading of 1,002, while another in August 2006 reports the mileage as just 1,006. It finally left the original owner's hands in 2015 and soon entered Frankman Motor Company's inventory, where it looks like it's spent the past year.

Although Frankman Motor Company is asking a fairly reasonable $33,975, the entire situation begs the question: What do you do with this thing? It certainly isn't worth six figures, as this SL-Class body style isn't considered collectible -- if it ever will be. And while the average asking price for a 1995 SL-Class on Autotrader is just under $10,000, this one surely deserves some premium due to its amazing condition.

But do you drive it? Put it away and hope for values to rise? Relive the 1990s with a brand-new old Mercedes? Just more unanswerable questions from Autotrader Find.

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