Lot 330 - 2004 Mercedes-Benz 350SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||39,000 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £13,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
The Mercedes-Benz R129 models were produced from 1989 through to 2001 and sold under the SL-Class model names. The R129 replaced the R107 SL-Class in 1989 and was subsequently 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 R129 came to public attention in 1991 when Diana, Princess of Wales, sold her Jaguar XJS to lease a J-registration, metallic-red 500SL, becoming the first member of the Royal Family to use a foreign car. This controversy sparked a media storm as it was questioned whether a member of British Royalty should drive a foreign car. The fifth generation of the legendary SL series, made by Mercedes-Benz, was known as the R230. It 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.
Offered in Cubanite Silver with Anthra leather, this splendid 350SL boasts just one owner from new and an impressive 39,000 miles. The service book shows a full history comprising both Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-Benz specialists with the last service carried out at just 38,599 miles. A high specification car, with the sought after optional panoramic roof and a functioning tracker, this particular vehicle is offered with a valid MoT test certificate until February 2016, two keys and V5 registration document, making this very good value for an example that would normally command a premium.
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