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Mercedes SL R129: Buying guide and review (1989-2002)

Mercedes SL R129: Buying guide and review (1989-2002) Classic and Performance Car
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If you’re looking for a convertible with four seats, a good level of refinement, as well as a touch of class, then there are few better steers than a Mercedes SL. Want one that is relatively affordable, as well as cheap to run, then it’s almost impossible not to find yourself browsing the classifieds for an R129 SL –  an SL for the 1990s. 
 
As with the previous SL roadsters, the R129 shared a basic platform with the mid-range saloon contemporary – in this case, the W124 series. Featuring an advanced five-link independent rear suspension, recirculating ball steering and strut suspension up front, the SL excels as a grand tourer, with relaxing, stable handling. Along with this, the R129 SL offers perhaps the best seats ever designed (with electric adjustment including the seatbelt) and enough cabin space to carry a significant amount of luggage.
 


Seen as a large car at launch, it fits into modern traffic surprisingly well, and is easy to place on the road. The flat rear deck and square cut boot, combined with either the large rear window of the soft top or the standard equipment hardtop make for rearward visibility that is the envy of most modern hatchbacks, let alone convertibles – and yes, the rear view mirror is electrically adjustable.
 
Which one to buy?
 
The SL launched in 1989 with three engine options. Two 3.0-litre straight sixes – the M103 and M104 with 190bhp 12v and 231bhp 24v respectively, and the robust 32v M119 5.0-litre V8. The 300SL and 300SL-24 were available with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, the 500SL shipped with an old-tech four-speed automatic only. In 1992, the V12 600SL joined the range with the M120 48v near-400bhp engine, reinforcing the SL’s move upmarket.
 
The M119 32V 500SL is responsive, with a 6 second 0-60 and a top speed limited to 155mph, yet will return around 30mpg at motorway speeds. The old-school automatic gearbox impacts urban economy.
 
Straight-six models are, by comparison to the 500SL, adequate. The manual box shares a ponderous, detached shift feel with the Mercedes saloons the car is derived from, and the 300SL engines are surprisingly subdued, getting on with the job quietly. Economy is not significantly better, but you will be beaten to 60 by some very mundane vehicles indeed, particularly with the auto.
 
The greatest sacrifice in the straight-sixes is losing the sound of the M119 V8 at high RPM. The 500SL might be a relatively tame beast, yet it carries the heart of a Le Mans winner; the Sauber C9’s fortunes having been reversed with the update from an M117-based engine to the M119.
 
Mercedes-Benz’s over-engineered approach extended to accepting the limitations of the folding roof. It is not a substantial, heavily lined item, and the design does include some inherent security weaknesses that are indicative of the occasional use intended for it.
 
The vacuum locking system therefore extends to the rear seat cubby boxes, the door pockets, the centre console - anywhere you might want to hide things is locked with the doors. For models without rear seats, the platform behind is large enough for a couple of typical weekend bags, the boot is large and includes space for storing a wind blocker.
 
Initially launched with a four-speed automatic in the V8/V12 models, an option of 5-speed automatic in six-cylinder versions, and Mercedes’ agricultural manual five-speed box as an option on six-cylinder models only, in 1996 the range was updated to receive the electronically controlled 5G-Tronic automatics.
 
A number of special editions were produced, most notably the Silver Arrow and Mille Miglia. The latter was produced in 1995 to honour Stirling Moss’ 1955 win, in 320 or 500 form with a limited run of 50, before a number of reruns - and featured silver paint, red and black interior with carbon fibre trim, six-spoke “Evo II” alloys and chequered flag decals behind the wing vents. The Silver Arrow was a run-out model, named in honour of the 1930 racer and featuring extra bling (Illuminated door sill trim, bright window surrounds).
 
Of note, V8 and V12 AMG models also graced the R129 range. The V8 SL60, which uses a 6-litre, 381bhp version of the M119 V8 and was produced between 1993 and 1998, the very rare 1997 SL70 with 7-litre 496bhp V12 and the 525bhp SL73, which uses the same basic 7.3 litre engine as the Pagani Zonda and other AMG V12-based supercars. Finally between 1998 and 2002, the SL55 AMG was offered, with 5.4-litre M113 serving up 354bhp; a precursor to the R230 SL55 and indeed, to the greater volume AMG would enjoy in the 21st Century. SL60s come up relatively frequently, albeit with a substantial premium.
 
Other tuners, notably Brabus and Renntech, also offered tweaked R129s – these should be bought very much on their own merits and provenance.
 
Performance and specs
 
1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL-24
Engine 2962cc in-line six-cylinder
Power 231bhp @ 6300rpm
Torque 201lb ft @ 4600rpm
Top speed 137mph
0-62mph 8.6secs
Fuel consumption 21.4mpg
Gearbox Four-speed automatic/five-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2515mm
Length 4470mm
Width 1811mm
Height 1300mm
Kerb weight 1692kg
 
Common problems
 
• Oil pressure should read '3' most of the time but a drop to 1.5-2 when hot at idle is normal. If it’s low when driving on a car with under 150-200,000 miles, walk away. If the gauge is non-functional it may be a cluster or sensor, which is mounted in the oil filter mounting. 
 
• Engine management and injection systems evolved, with the earliest cars using a mechanical fuel injection (K/KE-Jetronic), changing to sequential LH Jetronic in October 1992 then Motronic. Ignition on earlier cars uses two coils and two distributors, one set per bank; service items are cheap but you need two of them, a tolerable compromise. The spark controller ECU can be expensive if it has failed.
 
• Oil starvation can cause problems with the camshafts, initially due to hydraulic lifters failing to pressurise - kits to replace the seals are available and easy to fit. The plastic components go brittle with age and break down; on a car with more than 150,000 miles look for this work to have been done.
 
• The M103/M104 engines in the earlier (pre facelift) SLs are similarly robust, needing merely consumables and maintenance to keep running for 300,000-400,000 miles.
 
• Post ’93, problems can be found with wiring harnesses on all models of SL. Insulation breaks down inside the loom, with many unrelated issues making diagnosis fun – the engine wiring harness for an SL 500 is £714 from a main dealer.
 
• The V12 M120 engine not only suffers the same problems with wiring, the cost of consumables and densely-packed engine bay make regular maintenance less pleasant than the V8.
 
• The manual transmission is reliable, but the simple, tough four-speed boxes are a better ownership proposition when buying at the budget end of the market. The 722.3 600SL gearbox was sufficiently strong that Brabus used it in their 7.3-litre V12 models unmodified!
 
• The later five-speed 5G-Tronic 722.6 was initially treated as a sealed for life unit, and was fitted with a tamper-proof cap. A red tab indicates it has been serviced, a black tab that it has either never been checked, or has only been touched by approved Mercedes service centres. Mercedes-Benz has subsequently revised and recommended fluid changes every 40,000 miles.
 
• There are economy and performance benefits to be had by opting for the later gearbox, but it’s necessary to be aware of leaks into the wiring loom from the electrical connector. Look under the car at the multiplug, signs of dampness and residue are a useful early warning. Also look for history with evidence of correct fluid and filter changes. The loom issues can cause the car to shut down whilst driving, and are an involved repair.
 
• Drive with the roof down, and listen for noises from the rear drivetrain. Shifts on the four-speed are slurred, but swift - if delayed changes (without kickdown) or jerky downshifts in particular are present, check the oil level and for the usual burnt, brown fluid indicative of poor maintenance. The five-speed automatic will hold the lower gears until the car is warmed up, and shifting can be more obvious under power, though any hint of slipping should be a warning.
 
• With the manual, look for vague, notchy gearchanges. If it has them, it’s working fine. Should there be issues with the clutch, release bearing or props, most are easily sorted as the car is no more complex than a W124 300E.
 
• As the R129’s values have decreased, the popularity of aftermarket rims and fake AMG rims has increased. What you are looking for are genuine Mercedes part numbers, so if in doubt, remove the wheel and look at the back. Tyres should be an appropriate brand and rating for a 4500lb car that can comfortably achieve 150mph, skimping on these implies skimping elsewhere.
 
• The steering is precise, but detached, a variable-rate power assisted system with recirculating ball. A worn steering damper is frequently overlooked, inexpensive and can cause vague response, vibration and wandering.
 
• True gluttons for punishment can opt for Mercedes’ Active Dampening System. This option, standard from 1993 on SL600s, provided a Citroen-esque hydraulic suspension with height control, active correction when cornering and load leveling. Controlled by yet more of those ‘90s-era ECUs, the recipe for high repair bills is spiced up with the application of nitrogen spheres and a lack of specialists and experience in the UK, particularly as the cars have dropped out of the main dealer network.
 
• Spheres are inexpensive and should be replaced every five-six years, but most problems occur with the valve blocks and sensors. For the determined and competent DIY repairer, it should be simple to maintain; for those who just want to pay for the car and enjoy it, vital components of the ADS system are four-figure modules. Naturally for UK owners you can add the delights of salt-assisted corrosion to any attempt at maintenance.
 
• Later models involve more electronic intervention – and electrical gremlins can crop up throughout the ABS, ESP, ASR and where fitted, ADS systems, regardless of generation. As an entire guide could be written just on the R129’s subsystems, it’s sufficient to say that if any warning lights are on, or anything behaves in an unpredictable manner, it will not be cheap to have fixed by a dealer. On the upside, many of the simpler components are inexpensive, and Mercedes continue to stock spares for older models.
 
• Brakes are powerful, responsive and should have good feedback. Warped discs are a risk for any heavy automatic car, and vibration under braking can also show the early stages of wear in the lower balljoints. Mercedes discs are £61-91 each (rear/front) with a set of pads costing £55. Incorrect brake bleeding can cause issues with the ASR traction control, including reduced power, and result in costly diagnosis.
 
• The R129 can of course rust, especially where accident damage has been repaired, so check everywhere, particularly in the boot panels near the battery box. Weak points of the R129 regardless of history are the leading edges of the front wings, and crucially, the jacking points. 
 
• The car’s sills and tubular jacking points are covered with plastic protectors, which combined with damage to the paint finish inevitable if the factory jack has been used can quietly rust away for years without the owner being aware. Pop the jack covers off and check.
 
• Body fit and finish should be perfect. The trim and folding panels for the convertible top should sit flush, and the car should have a hard-top – every SL came with one. A desirable non-standard option was the hardtop stand, preventing damage to the header rail, mounting tabs and rear trim when removed.
 
• If the car has the hard top fitted when viewed, ask to remove it. Problems with the complex electro-hydraulic roof system on the R129 are expensive to resolve, with 11-12 hydraulic units, many switches and feedback loops involved for each stage. 
 
• You also want to inspect the condition of the fabric roof. The cabriolet roof should close and open quite quickly. Unlatching the hard top will only work with the ignition on; if the engine running the function is only activated for the first few minutes, then disabled to prevent accidental release. 
 
• Check operation of the roll bar – one, you want it to work if you crash, and two, if it is stuck in the raised position, the roof won’t work. 
 
• Finally, if the car’s roof is not working, it is as always a case for haggling if you’re looking to buy at the budget end of the market. A cheap R129’s roof is either broken or not broken yet. Budget around £1800 for specialist repairs if you’re not confident taking it on yourself – not including repairs to the roof or rear window material.
 
• The electrical system of the SL is complex, and faults are frequently exacerbated by the attentions of auto electricians installing third-party accessories. The demographic and era placed the R129 into the heart of telephone and alarm fitting.
 
• Adjustment of the steering column, all three mirrors, seats and seatbelt is electric with memory, heating and ventilation is wholly electronic in control, and a rare trip computer is available with display concealed in the compartment above the heater outlets. 1993 models onwards have an electronic odometer.
 
Model history
 
March 1989: The all-new Mercedes R129 was unveiled at the Geneva motor show.  
1993: 12-cylinder SL600 model introduced
1995: The interior was redesigned with rounded door trims, side airbags, ESP and the panoramic hardtop option was introduced. 
1998: To coincide with the engine range changes, the mirrors, body cladding and bumpers were changed again, with a softer look.
July 2001: The R129 is replaced by the new R230 SL
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.mercedes-benz-club.co.uk
• www.mercedesclub.org.uk
• www.mercedes-benz.co.uk
• www.r129sl-club.de
• www.theslshop.com
 
Summary and prices
 
The R129 may have been a culture shock when first launched, yet it has aged nicely and still looks cohesive, even elegant compared to the fussy and contrived lines of its R230 successor. With many cars costing upwards of £70,000 new – some AMG variants could double that – the realistic price band of £5000 to around £20,000 encompasses reliable daily runners and the lower end of the AMG market.
 
Below £5000, good usable six-cylinder models and slightly rough V8s lurk, though if a 600SL were in that price bracket it would be a brave buyer indeed taking it on. For a competent enthusiast, the engineering behind the SL ensures that it can be a time consuming but satisfying car to own, and surprisingly inexpensive to run, regardless of year.
 
For those who just want to drive and enjoy the cars, between £3500-5000 the straight-six 300SL between 1990-1993 is the safest option. If only a V8 will do, pre-’92 500SLs are the easiest way to avoid inherent flaws in the wiring. Increase the budget to £6500-8000 and it should be possible to get a late 32V SL500 with 5G-Tronic, with SL600s starting at £12,000 for examples with good history. AMG SL60s can be found surprisingly frequently for around £15,000-20,000.
 
With all models of SL, dealers will throw just about any price into the air. It’s entirely justifiable to pay a premium for an example with history and in exceptional condition, but one thing the R129 SL doesn’t respond well to is neglect – they will carry quarter of a million miles with the grace of 50,000, and often react to being thrown into service after a period of rest by failing in an astounding variety of ways.
 
The best buy? 1997 SL500 with Panoramic Top, standard suspension, average miles and a thorough history showing attention to common failures. The worst? As a money pit, the 1994 SL600 with low mileage and only dealer stamps has a lot of potential. However, the R129 shines with lots of power, so the SL280 with 9.5 second 0-60 is the one that misses the point. Even then, if the price is right and you just want to cruise...
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Last updated: 16th Aug 2016
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    Thurlite red metallic, Full cream leather, ONE PRIVATE OWNER FROM NEW, Only 21,000 miles, TOTAL MERCEDES BENZ MAIN DEALER SERVICE HISTORY, 9 stamps in the service book, This car has been serviced at Mercedes Ashford every year regardless of mileage driven, COMAND including wide screen SAT NAV, Driver and passenger heated seats, Parktronic front and rear, Xenon headlights, 6 disc multi play CD, 17'' 5 spoke alloy wheels, Polished burr walnut interior trim, Driver and passenger electric seats both with memory, Cruise control, Multi function steering wheel with paddle shift gear change, Fully automatic power hood, Electric folding exterior mirrors, 1 year MOT, 2 keys, Comprehensive 3 year warranty available, EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION THROUGHOUT - CHERISHED NUMBER PLATE INCLUDED

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  • Mercedes Sl 1998

    £25,000 £25,000

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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £12,500 £12,500

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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £69,000 £69,000

    COMAND Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Paddle Shift, Linguatronic, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, High Beam Assist, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, DAB Digital Radio, AMG Body Styling, Powered Folding Mirrors, Electric retractable hard top, LED Daytime Running Lights, Front Centre Armrest, Full Leather, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Metallic Paintwork, Memory Seats, Electric Seats, Auto Lighting, Sports Seats, Brake Assist, Auxiliary In, ABS, Alarm, Radio, Stereo, Air Bag, Immobiliser, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Automatic Electric Windows, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Colour Coded Body, Anti-Theft System, Remote Alarm, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Rear Headrests, 19'' Alloys Click on this car for full specification. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, Service history, Log book and the HPI certificate on our web site. For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today.Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars

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  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL Series SL 55 AMG [517] Great Spec, Facelift, Pan Roof, BOSE, Comand Sat Nav, Carbon Interior, Multi Contour Heated and Ventilated Electric Seats with Memory, 19" AMG Alloys, Keyless, Exceptional Mercedes History

    £34,900 £34,900

    John Holland Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is delighted to offer for sale this pristine collectable facelift Mercedes SL55 AMG finished in Obsidian Black with Black Leather and Carbon High Gloss Interior Inlays. This stunning car benefits from Panoramic Roof, BOSE Sound System, COMAND Satellite Navigation, Multi-Function Steering Wheel with Paddle Shift, Xenon Headlamps, Multi Contour Heated and Ventilated Electric Seats with Memory, 19" AMG Alloys, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Climate Control Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Active Body Control Suspension, Keyless Go. An exceptional Mercedes main dealer service record has seen the car serviced at 3000miles in 12/2007 at Greenoaks Mercedes Reading, then at 9506miles 03/2009 at Temple Fortune, and 16604miles in 05/2011 and 18211miles in 05/2014 at Mercedes Benz Brooklands. The car will also be serviced by ourselves before the new keeper collects. Supplied with 2 keys and all original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced

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    COMAND Sat Nav, Air Scarf, Bluetooth, Paddle Shift, Linguatronic, Parking Sensors, High Beam Assist, AMG Body Styling, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, DAB Digital Radio, Headlamp Jetwash, Front Centre Armrest, Electric retractable hard top, LED Daytime Running Lights, Full Leather, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Climate Control, Auto Lighting, Sports Seats, Brake Assist, Auxiliary In, ABS, Stereo, Alarm, Air Bag, Radio, Immobiliser, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Automatic Electric Windows, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Colour Coded Body, Remote Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, 19'' Alloys For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, vehicle documents and the HPI certificate on our web site. Just click on the green 'visit web' site button above. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today .Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars. All cars + £196.39 admin Fee

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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £8,495 £8,495

    Black Leather, Burr Walnut, Parktronic, Mobile phone (Nokia 6210), Alloy wheels, Service history Two private owners from new, last owner from June 2014. Full Mercedes-Benz service history, last serviced June 2016 at 92,245 miles

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    £18,995 £18,995

    Xenon Headlamps, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, Memory Seats A Lovely Example Which Is In Excellent Condition, Has A Full Service History And Has Desirable Upgrades, Upgrades - COMAND Navigation, Premium Sound System, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Electric Seats with Driver Memory, 18'' AMG Spoked Wheels, Heated Seats, Full service history, Grey Full leather interior, Standard Features - Climate Control, Alarm, Computer (Driver Information System), Electric Windows (Front), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/CD Autochanger/DVD), Paint Metallic, Upholstery Leather. 2 seats, Silver, FINANCE PACKAGES - With a number of lenders on board we are able to offer packages to suit individual circumstances, including Sub Prime. HPI CLEAR - All vehicles are provided with full HPI reports. WARRANTY - At Velvis Cars we provide every vehicle with a standard 3 month warranty through Auto Protect. An upgraded 6 month warranty, or wear and tear policies over 6 and 12 months are also available on request. Call or Text up to 10pm. 7 days a week. Please call James, Tom or Andrew to arrange a viewing, Viewings Best By Appointment.

    • Mileage: 73000 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL Class

    £41,500 £41,500

    COMAND Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Paddle Shift, Linguatronic, Heated Seats, Parking Sensors, High Beam Assist, Rain-Sensing Wipers, DAB Digital Radio, AMG Body Styling, Xenon Headlamps, Front Centre Armrest, LED Daytime Running Lights, Electric retractable hard top, Full Leather, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Auto Lighting, Sports Seats, Brake Assist, Auxiliary In, ABS, Radio, Alarm, Stereo, Air Bag, Immobiliser, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Automatic Electric Windows, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Colour Coded Body, Remote Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, 19'' Alloys Click on this car for full specification. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, Service history, Log book and the HPI certificate on our web site. For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today.Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars

    • Mileage: 5662 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL Class

    £30,000 £30,000

    COMAND Sat Nav, Air Scarf, Bluetooth, Paddle Shift, Linguatronic, Parking Sensors, High Beam Assist, AMG Body Styling, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, DAB Digital Radio, Headlamp Jetwash, Front Centre Armrest, Electric retractable hard top, LED Daytime Running Lights, Full Leather, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Climate Control, Auto Lighting, Sports Seats, Brake Assist, Auxiliary In, ABS, Stereo, Alarm, Air Bag, Radio, Immobiliser, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Automatic Electric Windows, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Colour Coded Body, Remote Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, 19'' Alloys Click on this car for full specification. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, Service history, Log book and the HPI certificate on our web site. For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today.Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars

    • Mileage: 28670 mi
    • Engine size: 3498
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL Class

    £28,500 £28,500

    COMAND Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Paddle Shift, Linguatronic, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, High Beam Assist, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Headlamp Jetwash, Xenon Headlamps, DAB Digital Radio, AMG Body Styling, Powered Folding Mirrors, Front Centre Armrest, Electric retractable hard top, LED Daytime Running Lights, Full Leather, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Climate Control, Air Conditioning, Metallic Paintwork, Auto Lighting, Memory Seats, Sports Seats, Brake Assist, Auxiliary In, ABS, Radio, Stereo, Alarm, Air Bag, Immobiliser, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Automatic Electric Windows, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Colour Coded Body, Remote Alarm, Height Adjustable Seat, Head Restraints, 19'' Alloys Click on this car for full specification. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, Service history, Log book and the HPI certificate on our web site. For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today.Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars

    • Mileage: 30726 mi
    • Engine size: 3498
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG | Just 39K Miles

    £21,995 £21,995

    Details Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG | Just 39K Miles | Investable and Usable | High Spec Heated and Cooling Seats TV TunerLinguatronic Panoramic Glass Vario Sunroof Distronic Wind Deflector Keyless Go Electric Seats with 3 Way Memory Heated Seats AMG Multi Function Steering Wheel AMG Instrument Cluster Electric Steering Column Bose Sound System 6CD Autochanger Telephone Module Dual Climate Control Auto Dimming Mirror AMG Alloys PARKTRONIC (front and rear parking sensors) Active Body Control Bi-Xenon Headlights Headlight Wash Rain Sensitive Wipers Auto Dimming Mirrors Electric Folding Mirrors Tracker What a great find. The perfect colour combination and just 39,000 Miles. Full service history (7 stamps). What other car can provide effortless super car performance with "top down" mile munching ease? This is one of the current crop of modern classics that are increasing in value right now.

    • Year: 1986
    • Mileage: 39000 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL Class

    £32,000 £32,000

    Panoramic Sunroof, COMAND Sat Nav, Air Scarf, Bluetooth, Paddle Shift, Linguatronic, Heated Seats, Parking Sensors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, AMG Body Styling, Xenon Headlamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Front Centre Armrest, Electric retractable hard top, Full Leather, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Auto Lighting, Memory Seats, Electric Seats, Sports Seats, Auxiliary In, Brake Assist, ABS, Stereo, Radio, Air Bag, Alarm, Immobiliser, Central Locking, Automatic Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Rear Headrests, 19'' Alloys Click on this car for full specification. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, Service history, Log book and the HPI certificate on our web site. For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today.Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars

    • Mileage: 21894 mi
    • Engine size: 3498
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  • 332 - 1985 Buckingham Limousine

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    This is a unique car in every way, a one off built for a classic car collector in 1980, taking five years to complete finally being registered in 1985. Based on the Jaguar V12 running gear on a chassis, the aluminium body was created by ex-workers from Aston Martin body shop and since being built has only covered 11,500 miles. At the time of construction, it cost around £250,000 to build. Featuring gullwing doors to the rear compartment this stunning car, like the Panther DeVille, it used the Bugatti Royale as its inspiration for its design. Similar to the Royale, cost was not a deciding facture in building this car. Featured on the BBC programme, Top Gear in 1985, it was built to the highest of standards featuring Connelly grey leather, crystal wine glasses, on-board umbrellas and lamb's wool rugs. The coachwork is finished almandine red and dove grey with full Aston Martin grey leather seating; it has a full service history having only covered 11,500 miles since being built. This is a totally a one-off car which has been built to the highest of standards which would reduplicate the coachbuilders of the 1929's in their heyday. The Buckingham is supplied with a V5C registration doc

    • Year: 2016
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  • 346 - 1985 Jaguar XJS Cabriolet

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    That Jaguar's XJS will become a 'bona fide' classic is beyond doubt. Launched in 1975, its twenty one year production life was a testimony to the excellence of its basic design. With all round independent, coil sprung suspension, power assisted rack and pinion steering and disc brakes, its excellent ride and handling balance was justly praised by the contemporary motoring press. The XJS's superlative 5.3 litre developed some 295bhp in later fuel injected form and when allied to automatic transmission gave authoritative 150mph performance. The targa element of the car was often preferred over the straight convertible as it added more torsional rigidity and so increased performance. Equipped with appropriate cherished number `CAT 175X', this handsome home-market XJS cabriolet is finished in Sage Green with a Doeskin interior. The accompanying history file is extensive and includes invoices, more recently, for front shock absorbers, an MoT test certificate and a full service just 1,000 miles ago. Also included are MoT test certificates dating back to 1990, the original bill of sale from Henlys of Llandudno and large history file, all of which is said to support the indicated mileage o

    • Year: 2016
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  • 222 - 1985 Jaguar XJ-SC V12

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    The XJS Cabriolet, which first appeared in 1983, was considerably more than merely a coupé with the roof removed. The 'T'-top cabriolet paved the way as the first open Jaguar since the demise of the E-Type in 1975, but this was to be the first cabriolet and a strengthened sub-frame was employed in order to alleviate scuttle shake. Retaining the roomy cockpit space of the coupé, the new cabriolet boasted a useful shelf for excess luggage and all expected Jaguar refinements as standard of course, making for a very fine open grand touring car. Today, this model is very much establishing itself as a most worthy latter day classic, good examples being eagerly sought by connoisseurs of the marque. This delightfully handsome XJ-SC is finished in Dorchester Grey with Saville leather trim and was first registered on 4th September 1985. The current vendor has had the car restored and she presents in very good order, the paintwork having a good finish as does the interior and brightwork. The original starfish alloy wheels are unmarked, it is hard to think this car is over 30 years old. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a collection of paperwork. 

    • Year: 2016
    For sale
  • 337 - 1985 Jaguar XJ-S Cabriolet

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    That Jaguar's XJS will become a 'bona fide' classic is beyond doubt. Launched in 1975, its twenty one year production life was a testimony to the excellence of its basic design. With all round independent, coil sprung suspension, power assisted rack and pinion steering and disc brakes, its excellent ride/handling balance was justly praised by the contemporary motoring press. The XJS's superlative 5.3 litre developed some 295bhp in later fuel injected form and when allied to automatic transmission gave authoritative 150mph performance. The targa element of the car was often preferred over the straight convertible as it added more torsional rigidity and was therefore more enjoyable to drive than the later convertible. Originally registered on 1st November 1985, this XJ-S V12 Cabriolet has been owned by the current vendor for the last 12 years. Benefitting from a rear seat conversion, this cabriolet is largely in its original condition, including the correct starfish alloy wheels. Finished in red with magnolia leather trim and a black roof, C914 TBD is supplied with a V5 registration document, current MoT test certificate and some service history. Good XJ-S's are becoming increasingly

    • Year: 2016
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  • 227 - 1985 Audi Quattro Competition Coupé

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    Few motorsport images are quite as evocative as the legendary period of Group B; flying machines spitting stones and belching flames as they skirted trees and rocks at breakneck speeds with crowds only inches away. The ever more powerful cars hurtled their drivers in increasingly lighter and more delicate evolutions of cars towards immovable objects - an act which is some cultures would probably be akin to ritualistic suicide. By 1985 the writing was on the wall; it was a deadly sport that needed to be reined in. But perhaps more than any other period, this is the time that rally fans and motorsports fans in general identify as one of the most memorable and important periods in racing history. Obviously, the big winner of the period from a reputation standpoint was Audi. The car that helped to define and end the period of wild turbocharged excess, the Quattro has obviously been the spawn of many tributes, such as this Hannu Mikkola Group 4 specification example. Supplied with a fully seam-welded shell and FIA roll-cage, rear firewall, sport Quattro bonnet and high level boot spoiler, this striking evocation also benefits from Brembo brakes, Brembo slave and master cylinders, a limi

    • Year: 2016
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  • 210 - 1985 Honda VF1000

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    The VF1000 range of Honda motorcycles was made from 1984 to 1988 and is named after its V-4998cc double overhead cam, 16 valve engine. The first of Honda's 1,000cc VF range, known as the 1000 Interceptor, was launched in the USA and Canada in March 1984. The bike featured adjustable Pro-Link rear suspension with adjustable braced front forks, aluminium wheels and an aerodynamic half fairing and lower cowl with single rectangular headlight. Three discs comprised the braking system with dual discs and twin piston callipers at the front and a single disc with twin piston callipers at the rear. The current vendor purchased this VF1000 in 2008 and immediately put the motorcycle into his collection, it been used only sparingly since. Presented in very good condition, we are advised it is a delight to ride, helped largely by the well balanced V-4 configured engine. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this Honda VF1000 represents an opportunity to purchase a great classic bike of the 80's.

    • Year: 2016
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  • 165 - 1985 Ford Escort GL

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    The third generation Escort, codenamed 'Erika', was launched in September 1980. The car, Ford Europe's second front-wheel drive, was originally meant to be called the 'Ford Erika' but ended up retaining the Escort name. Sales in the United Kingdom increased and, by 1982, it had overtaken the ageing Cortina as the nation's best-selling car and beginning an eight-year run as Britain's bestseller. Unlike the Mk. II, which had essentially been a reskin of the original 1968 platform, the Mk. III was a completely new 'wheels-up' design and was conceived as a hi-tech, high-efficiency vehicle which would compete with the Volkswagen Golf, considered at the time the class benchmark, and indeed the car was launched with the advertising tagline "Simple is Efficient". This incredible example has only covered 193km from new. It was registered new on 28th March 1985 to Mademoiselle Francine Palatin of 11 Rue De Bernis, Le Bernis, Cannes, France and is the only recorded keeper from new. Mlle. Palatin took delivery of the car and, shortly after, was involved in a car accident in her friend's car which sadly left her in a wheelchair and unable to drive; the car remained in storage ever since and has

    • Year: 2016
    For sale
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