Lot 209 - 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL 320 Roadster
|Odometer reading||77,300 miles|
|Result||Sold - £7,280|
The new Mercedes-Benz R129-series SL range was, quite simply, beautifully engineered when released. Based around a two-door monocoque bodyshell, its sophisticated suspension was augmented by a host of active and passive safety features including electronic stability control, ventilated ABS disc brakes, adaptive-damping shock absorbers, front airbags and an integral rollover bar that deployed in less than a third of a second if the car ever sensed an impending flip. Suitably cosseting, the convertible's impeccably built cabin consisted of a fully automated power hood yet lurking beneath all the luxury and refinement was a performance orientated sports car.
Owned by the vendor since July 2015, a full service was carried out by Mercedes-Benz of Bedford along with an overhaul of the brakes. This work totalled £3,700, additionally; the head-gasket was replaced in January 2016 by Millennium Mercedes-Benz also in Bedford at a cost of £950. The car is reported to be a pleasure to drive and will cruise with ease on the motorway or drive easily in town with both engine and gearbox both running smoothly.
This example presents in brilliant silver with a matching hard top and blue soft-top roof is blue. The bodywork is reported to be in overall good condition with only minor blemishes to the paintwork. The black leather interior is in very good condition with some wear to the driver’s seat bolster. The original Mercedes-Benz radio cassette player remains in the car along with a six cd multi-changer housed in the boot. OZ Racing split rim alloy wheels with Dunlop SP Sport tyres are also fitted. Offered at no reserve, this biggest of the SLs is certainly worth inspection.
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