Lot 184 - 2004 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||42,940 miles|
|Result||Sold - £10,640|
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 500 SL, 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.
Originally registered on 12th March 2004 this Mercedes-Benz is finished in the delightful colour combination of blue metallic with contrasting beige leather interior. These very well-appointed cars come with ABS, electric seats, heated seats, air conditioning and cruise control as standard. The silky smooth V8 engine offers effortless power and reliability, this really is the ultimate touring vehicle. The roof comes down at the touch of a button allowing for open top motoring when the weather permits. A history folder accompanies this Mercedes-Benz along with a V5 registration document. We are advised she will be presented for a fresh MoT prior to auction. Whether travelling to the local golf club or to the South of France this 500 SL is a fabulous car to drive.
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