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Mercedes Benz SL500 R129

£24,000

Specification

 

Year

Engine Capacity

Exterior Colour

Service History

1997

4973cc

Azurite Blue

Full History

Mileage

Transmission

Interior Colour

Owners

121,000 miles

5 - Speed Automatic

Creme Beige Leather

3 Owners

1989 saw the launch of the all new R129. Although the predecessor, the R107 was showing its age with lots of brightwork and square bulky design, the R129 still had a hard act to follow.  The SL was an enormously loved model in the Mercedes stable but the 90s demanded higher levels of performance, technology, usability and up to date styling. BMW had stolen a march on Mercedes in the luxury GT market and the pressure was now on Johann Tomforde and is design team to up their game. 

The result speaks volumes. The press were immediately impressed with the R129. The car was a completely new design and big effort had been put in to the chassis bracing and reinforcing resulting in an almost zero scuttle shake body. The SL 500 felt super sophisticated, achieving effortless performance with excellent stopping power. The suspension was perfect. Still compliant giving GT car ride quality with comfort,  yet sporty and sure footed. These cars where just as happy pottering around Lake Como, storming down the autobahn and yet able to impress the most experienced of drivers around a race circuit. 

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It’s safe to say, Mercedes Benz were back on top of the luxury GT, convertible market with the superbly affective SL 500. 

No doubt, this example is the most desired specification for the SL 500. A facelift example now fitted with the superior electronically switchable, 5 speed automatic gearbox but early enough to still feature the higher performance, 326 BHP, 5 litre, four valve per-cylinder,  M119 engine featuring variable valve timing. 

Owned by a great friend of ours and part of his super car collection. This SL has lived alongside his BMW Z8, M635 CSI, Datsun 240Z, Alfa Romeo 4C, Renault Alpine to name a few. 

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Azurite Blue

Creme Beige Leather

121,000 Miles 

3 Previous owners

Glass Hardtop

M119 Motor 

5 Speed Automatic

Full service history 

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ABS

ASD

Electronically adjustable steering column

Front airbags 

Climate control 

Memory electric seats

Wood / Leather steering wheel

Auto dim rear view mirror

Electric roof

Central locking 

Headlight wash-wipe

 

 

This example is very well known to our workshop team having been responsible for its care for the last three years. As usual the car was delivered to us with the instruction that it must want for nothing ensuring 100% usability for long distance European road trips. The following was carried out to prepare the car to his usual high standard. 

Full service 

Rear and front to rear brake pipes

New sump gasket 

New cam cover gaskets 

Variable valve timing covers sealed

Wheels balanced

Repaired rear view mirror

New heater control panel

New complete convertible hood

New rear shock absorbers 

New VDO DAB, Bluetooth, hands free radio head unit

New front wings and cosmetic paintwork.

Underside of car thoroughly cleaned, inspected followed by full future proofing  and clear cavity wax protection. 

Before being driven away by the new owner, the car will pass through the Classic Heroes workshop for sales preparation to include :-

PDI

Annual service

Leather clean and treatment 

New MOT

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This SL will be handed over to the new owner with original service wallet, all manuals, fully stamped service book, document file, spare keys, a copy of Mercedes SLs from Brooklands Books and the hardtop.

Please enquire with Barney for further details