Lot 125 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||103,307 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,500|
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 and sparked a media storm. The fifth generation of the legendary SL series 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.
This lovely roadster was first registered in January 1972, in rare metallic red with contrasting two tone beige over brown MBTex interior. Offered with what many would consider the best combination for an R107 Mercedes, the 3.5litre engine, this 350 SL is offered with an MoT test certificate until September 2017 and is a perfect summer drop-top. Within the history file, old MoT test certificates and receipts can be found and the bodywork for this example is in very good condition as are the unmarked alloy wheels. Accompanied by the SL's hard top for winter months and having covered relatively few miles, equating to 4,500 miles for every year registered, and with R107 prices escalating this would seem like an attractive price for such a classic Mercedes-Benz.
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