Lot 214 - 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL500
|Odometer reading||90,227 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
- Last year of R129 production
- Just two owners from new
In 1989, Mercedes-Benz introduced the fourth generation SL model, the R129, which was supplied in Europe with several engine options and named accordingly. The basic model was the 190hp three litre, inline six-cylinder 300 SL with 12 valves, and the 228hp three litre, inline six-cylinder with 24 valves, known as the 300 SL 24. However, it was the 322hp 500 SL with a five litre V8 engine which made the headlines, only surpassed by the flagship 600 SL with its V12 engine. The specification was high with electric windows, mirrors, seats and roof. The R129 model was the first convertible/roadster to offer the automatic roll-bar deployment in the event of rollover, although the motorist could also manually raise and lower the roll-bar should they choose to, thus facilitating the clean look of the R129 without compromising the occupant's safety.
Produced in the final year of production for the R129, this desirable SL500 is presented in the best colour combination of deep blue over a full grey leather trim. Offered with the matching hardtop and having covered a mere 90,227 miles with just one previous keeper. Late cars such as this are well specified and Y894 ENH has electrically adjustable heated memory seats to support Mercedes’ renowned comfort while retaining the sporty drive. Offered with an MoT test certificate until November 2023, this is a desirable example of the fast appreciating R129.
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