Lot 274 - 1989 12987 500SL (The Press car)
|Odometer reading||60,493 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £9,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,640|
The Mercedes-Benz W129 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 W129 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.
Possibly the most important W129 Mercedes-Benz outside of the Daimler Museum in Stuttgart, this 500SL has led a very interesting life. Manufactured as a pre-production car, it was originally registered on temporary German number plates and was used for the press launch of the much acclaimed W129 in Lyon, France. It also appeared at the Paris Motor show before being transferred to Mercedes-Benz UK in Milton Keynes where it was used for promotional purposes and subsequently sold onto the open market in 1990. Finished in blue black with mushroom interior, this magnificent 500SL comes with an outstanding history file. In light of the uniqueness of this example, for the last few years G672 UFM has been in a private collector's museum and as such, has covered very little mileage of late. Having been maintained to an exceptionally standard and covering a mere 64,000 miles from new, not surprisingly, the vendor describes the car as being outstanding to drive. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a valid MoT test certificate, this Mercedes-Benz 500SL is sure to attract the attention of both enthusiasts and collectors alike.
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