Lot 351 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz SL55

Lot 351 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz SL55

Lot 351 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz SL55

Lot Number 351
Chassis Number WDB1290662F002258
Engine Number 11996022001531
Odometer reading 60,000 miles
Estimate £12,000 - £14,000

The Mercedes-Benz R129 models were produced from 1989 until 2001 and were sold under the SL-Class model name before being replaced by the R230 in 2001.The R129 was based on the shortened floorpan of the Mercedes-Benz W124 saloon and featured many innovative details for the time. The fifth generation of the legendary SL series of two door convertible sports cars featured a fully retractable hardtop that was marketed as the Vario Roof; a first for the SL class, although it had been available on the smaller SLK model since 1997.

This pre-production SL is possibly the most important W129 500SL outside of the Daimler Museum, Stuttgart. Manufactured in 1989, this example was one of two 500SL's produced as prototypes in 1989 and made available for the Lyon Press Launch of the W129 model. The press day came to an exciting end when two motoring journalists were driving the 500SL's with the convertible roofs down. By complete accident, one journalist misjudged the road, causing the car to flip over and crash. Luckily for the journalist, the brand new latest technology roll bar sprang up in the required 'nano-second', allowing the journalist to survive his ordeal. The wrecked car was transported back to Mercedes-Benz and its whereabouts are since unknown. The other car was used for the Paris Motor Show and afterwards was shipped over to the UK where it was used for marketing purposes. Mercedes-Benz disposed of the car in 1990. The subsequent owner has maintained the car in close to concourse condition and it has completed less than 60,000 miles from new with full service history. Finished in its original blue/black paint with contrasting mushroom leather, it comes complete with a reassuringly large amount of paperwork.

Interested parties should note the 'UOE 99' registration is not included with the car and that the image shown is an illustration only. Full photography will be available shortly.

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