Lot 266 - 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Roadster
|Sold - £7,504
The Mercedes-Benz R129 models were produced from 1989 through to 2001 and were 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 foreign cars. The fifth generation of the legendary SL series of two door convertible sports cars 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.
These hard and soft top sportscars are enormously competent, well built and powerful. RE04 YBL is certainly no exception especially with the addition of a five litre engine pushing out over 300bhp at the back wheels. Comfort is paramount and Mercedes-Benz always scores highly in this department with many extras to be found in the cockpit all centred around their intuitive command system. This operates the satnav system, telephone (if fitted) and stereo. Also included, and highly prized is the panoramic sunroof, fabulous when up and invisible when electronically folded away. The service booklet is well stamped, almost all with Mercedes-Benz main agents, the last taken place approximately 2,000 miles ago. In good order throughout and well maintained, this luxurious sports tourer is offered at no reserve.
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