Lot 178 - 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG
|Odometer reading||74,900 miles|
|Result||Sold - £15,680|
- Desirable specification
- Sizeable history file
The fifth generation of the legendary SL series of two-door convertible sports cars 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. The flagship models were built by AMG in the form of the SL55 and SL65, both highly tuned versions of the SL500 and SL600 respectively. The SL55 was powered by a mighty supercharged version of the 5.5 litre, V8 which produced 493bhp and achieved 0-62 in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph (governed). In theory the SL55 could reach 190mph if the car was derestricted but for many, the acceleration and top speed is impressive enough in its standard form!
This delightful example started life at a whopping £123,000 when new and has been well looked after by the fastidious vendor. Originally registered on 1st June 2004, this SL55 AMG has covered a modest 74,900 miles. Presented in metallic black coachwork over a black leather interior the Mercedes benefits from a service completed circa 2,000 miles ago. This Mercedes-Benz has a panoramic hardtop and has recently been fitted with a new PSE pump and a set of front brake discs and pads. It comes complete with a Bose sound system, radar controlled speed control, full extended leather to the dashboard and doors and an AMG Alcantara sports steering wheel. The paintwork presents in very good order and the interior shows little sign of age as do the alloy wheels which are shod with good tyres all round. The specification of this example is outstanding, with a comprehensive list of factory options. Reported to drive very well by the current vendor the SL is offered with a sizeable history file including sundry bills, the original wallet and handbook including the service book containing 10 stamps, old MoT records, a current UK registration document, and a MoT valid until February 2023. These stylish sportscars are magnificent to drive and are hugely popular due to their ability to sit in traffic or travel at exceptional speed (where permitted) in comfort; what a great way to enjoy the summer.
Interested parties should note that this vehicle was recorded as a category D insurance claim in 2007 (Vehicle damaged but repairable) which was professionally repaired at the time. The registration number (F100GT) is not included in the sale. The DVLA are currently processing the new registration document with an age related registration number, which will be sent to the buyer following the auction. The roof has now been professionally repaired and is working as it should.
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