Lot 112 - 1979 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||58,000 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,680|
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 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.
Supplied new to Mr. Dennis Senior of Henley-on-Thames by Motorworld of Oxford in 1979, this very collectable, two-owner, 350 SL has covered 59,000 miles from new and is presented in Navy Blue with a contrasting cream interior. The history file includes the original service booklet containing eight stamps, the sales brochure and a letter from the owner confirming his ownership of the car since 1991; the car was serviced regularly by Grove Autos in Camberwell and MR Auto Services in Honor Oak. With an MoT test certificate valid until October 2017 and supplied with the desirable hardtop, this low mileage example should generate significant interest.
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