Lot 234 - 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Roadster
|Odometer reading||61,000 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,744|
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.
This delightful SL 500 was first registered on 1st September 2002 and has only covered 61,000 miles since new. Having been serviced in London, the owner had the car maintained by his local garage in Kent for the next ten years. The garage proprietor liked the car so much he purchased it and used the Mercedes-Benz for three years, eventually selling it to a close friend. Finished in Brilliant Silver with charcoal leather interior, this SL 500 is in delightful condition. Benefiting from a good specification including heated seats and keyless entry, we are advised she drives every bit as good as she looks. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 14th May 2018, what better way to enjoy the summer months ahead.
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