Lot 261 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz 500SL
|Odometer reading||114,851 miles|
|Estimate||£3,000 - £5,000|
|Result||Sold - £3,808|
The SL is a stunning grand tourer manufactured by Mercedes-Benz since 1954. The designation derives from the German Sport Leicht, or Sport Lightweight and was first applied to the 300SL 'Gullwing' named also after its Gullwing or upward-opening doors. The term now refers to the marketing variations of the vehicle including the numerous engine configurations spanning over five design generations. The R129, launched in 1989, was based on the shortened floorpan of the Mercedes-Benz W124 and featured many innovative details for the time, for instance electronically controlled damping (optional) and a hidden, automatically extending roll-over bar. The R107's rather dated rear diagonal swing axle gave way to a modern multi-link axle. The number of standard features was high, with electric action for the windows, mirrors, seats and convertible top.
Given the performance and specification available, it is a wonder these cars don't attract prices well in excess of five figures. They certainly should and might be something to consider investing in now..
Fully loaded and in excellent condition throughout, this V8 powered sporting tourer boasts a retractable roll bar with a full black leather interior and electric/heated/memory seats to the front. Also included are alloy wheels with Pirelli P600 tyres all round and a period Becker Mexico stereo. A period Motorola M900 car phone is also installed together with full paperwork including the full leather owners pack, a service history with Bradshaw & Webb, main agent stamping until recently whereupon TM Motors, SL specialists have given it the care and attention that it so clearly has had lavished upon it.
And for those April showers, a matching hardtop...
Previous lotLot 260 - 1951 Bentley Mk. VI Saloon by James Young
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