Lot 149 - 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 320 Roadster
|Odometer reading||77,285 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,400|
- Panoramic glass hardtop
- Recent £3,750 expenditure
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. For example, electronically controlled shock absorbers (optional) and a hidden, automatically extending roll-over bar. The level of standard equipment was high, with electrically operated windows, mirrors, seats and convertible hood. 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. Media pressure eventually forced her to return the car to Mercedes-Benz in 1992 with whom it now resides in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
This delightful SL 320 Roadster presents in excellent order and is described by the vendor as being a very good example. A fully stamped service book accompanies this Mercedes-Benz and confirms a recent spend of £3,750. A desirable panoramic glass roof is fitted as are 18 inch OZ dished split rim alloy wheels. The bodywork is in excellent order and the interior virtually unmarked. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with the original book pack, two keys and an MoT test certificate valid until 9th April 2019. These R129 SL’s are superb cars to drive, this one certainly defies its 20 years of age.
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