Lot 284 - 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL 320 Roadster
|Odometer reading||80,900 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,240|
Three things you can be sure of when acquiring a Mercedes-Benz; build quality, innovation, and reliability. Or QIR as it is often referred to in the ‘trade’. From the advent of the Pagoda in the 1950s though to Alexa Carrington-style (R107) in the 1980s, the Bremen engineers had a tough act to follow. But, with the launch of the R129 in 1989, they had clearly mastered the act of reinventing the wheel! Quality and reliability are a given now, but innovation really took the motoring press by storm. Controlled electronic damping and an automatically expanding roll-over bar as well as fully operating electric hood, windows, door mirrors and seats. Whilst the SL boasted a more powerful engine, stopping power was conversely aided by anti-locking braking for added reassurance.
Presented in a metallic Ruby colour, including hardtop, with a black leather interior and a black fabric soft top, this example was sold directly into the British Military as a NATO tax free sale. All modifications such a leather trim, headlamp washer and factory alarm system are detailed on the Mercedes-Benz VIN decoder. Supplied with a fresh MoT test certificate as well as a recent comprehensive service invoice from Alex Crow, Mercedes-Benz specialists as well as reasonably placed service intervals. It also benefits from AMG alloy wheels and a factory wind deflector stowed away in the rear boot compartment.
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