When starting to design the 129 chassis, Mercedes looked to the production 124 chassis. It was a medium-length rear-wheel drive platform, built with a roadster-style 2-door convertible chassis with a removable hardtop, and equipped with a 300+hp V8 engine. The suspension was also finely tuned for performance and stability. The 230 chassis continued this tradition of combining performance and luxury and delivering it in one dynamic package. By using only the finest Mercedes-Benz SL500 parts, owners and mechanics alike are keeping alive one of the fines vehicles ever built by Mercedes.