Lot 336 - 1980 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL Roadster
|Estimate||£10,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,640|
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 R 230 in 2001.The R129 was based on the shortened floorpan of the Mercedes-Benz W 124 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 500 SL, 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.
Originally registered on 22nd April 1980, this Mercedes-Benz presents in very good order having had only five previous keepers during its 36 years on the road. The penultimate keeper owning her for 17 years and the current vendor has enjoyed SGC 826V since 2009. The original handbooks are present with stamps in the service book up until 1998 with invoices/bills since, confirming the mileage. Clearly this R107 has been very well looked after and cared for. In 2015, the vendor sent the car into Ryecraft Motors in South London to have the bodywork extensively taken car of. This included removing any areas of corrosion, fitment of a new off-side front wing, repainted in the current colour scheme and rust-proofing applied. All the parts were supplied by the SL shop and the total invoice was circa £14,000. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a full years MoT test certificate and a good history folder; this delightful 350 SL is a splendid example and is the perfect car for someone looking for a roadster to drive and enjoy.
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