In the upcoming September issue of Sports Car Market, we profiled the timeless Mercedes-Benz R129. Thirty years since its introduction, Bruno Sacco’s beautiful SL is now a rising modern classic. When launched in 1989, the SL was a quantum leap forward and was the safest open car money could buy. The R129 was full of leading-edge technology—a pop-up roll bar, ABS brakes, dual airbags. and integrated seats that required the filing of twenty patents. The SCM profile below covers the evolution of this emerging NextGen classic.