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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
Mercedes-Benz SL R129 Mercedes-Benz SL73 AMG 73 Mercedes SL R129 cutaway Mercedes SL line-up Mercedes-Benz SL Interior
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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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

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    £33,995 £33,995

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    • Mileage: 15000 mi
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  • Mercedes SL280 1998 Panoramic Hardtop

    £7,000 £7,000

    Used daily for the last six years, runs well and always starts first time hot or cold. Two service books and loads of receitps for services/parts over the years. Head gasket replaced at 99k miles, just ped MOT only advisory was for front pads wearing thin. Comes with the rare and very expensive panoramic hard top, I will also include the aftermarket stand and cover. Also comes with the three original keys.

    • Mileage: 118000 mi
    • Engine size: 2799
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL Class

    £49,950 £49,950

    Variant name:Convertible AMG Sport ,Derivative:AMG Sport ,Variant: SL 500 AMG Sport 2dr Auto Call 0131 442 5900. Leven Car Company present this Mercedes-Benz SL Class SL 500 AMG Sport 2dr Auto finished in Cavansite Blue with Porcelain Leather interior. Contact Us For More Information Or For An HD video. Tailored Finance Packages Available With Excellent Rates.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 7474 mi
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  • Mercedes SL Class SL SL500

    £22,950 £22,950

    Body: Convertible Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 25,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2009 (09) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 5.5 Finished in: BRIGHT SILVER METALLIC WITH BLACK LEATHER 19" alloys

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
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  • Mercedes SL Class SL SL63 AMG

    £32,450 £32,450

    09/59 SL63. 65K MILES.MBFSH UP TO 55K LAST 1 SPECIALIST SERVICE.PARKTRONIC.HEATED MASSAGE SEATS.19" ALLOYS.SOME CARBON HIGH GLOSS TRIM BITS.COMMAND ETC.GREAT VALUE.IMMACULATE CAR FOR THE MILEAGE mot june 2018 A range of finance options are available for this motorcar. Please contact us for further details. **VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** Video channel WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/1MARLOWCARS Follow us WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.TWITTER.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MARLOWCARS Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy of the above information, some inaccuracies may occur. It is important that you do not rely on this information but check with Marlow Cars limited about any items which may affect your decision to buy this vehicle. These figures relate to a typical example of this model when new. They will vary according to the age, condition, fitted equipment and mileage of the vehicle. Bluetooth phone compatibility will vary from vehicle model year, make and model - Marlow cars does not warrant or Guarantee phone compatibility- Manufacturers bluetooth phone system or aftermarket. TV Tuners are not assumed to be 'Digital', cars registered before digital tv switchov

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 66000 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL Class SL 63 2dr Tip Auto


    Full Mercedes Benz Service History, 1 Owner From 2 Months Old, Upgrades - Distronic - Radar Assisted Cruise Control, AMG Styling Package, Panoramic Glass Sunroof, Airscarf - Neck Level Heating, AMG Performance Steering Wheel/ Smaller Diameter, Remote Boot Closing, Harman/Kardon LOGIC 7 Surround Sound System, Keyless Go, Parktronic System (PTS), Automatic Body Control (ABC), Designo Alcantara Roof Lining in Anthracite, AMG Exclusive Nappa Leather Upholstery, DAB Digital Radio Tuner, Hot And Cold Climate Front Seats, UCI Media Interface, Alloy Wheels-19in AMG 5-Twin-Spoke Design, Intelligent Light System, TV Tuner, Velour Floor Mats with AMG Lettering, AMG Illuminated Door Sill Panels, Interior Trim Carbon High Gloss, 6 months warranty, 12 months MOT, Last serviced May 2017, Full dealership history, Black Full leather interior, Standard Features - Satellite Navigation, Voice Activated Controls, Climate Control, Paint Metallic, Tyre Pressure Control, Telephone Equipment (Bluetooth Interface), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3/DVD), Tinted Glass, Seats Electric (Memory Driver/Passenger), Electric Windows (Front), Rain Sensor, Alarm. 2 seats, Metallic Black, Open 6 Days A Week (Sundays

    • Mileage: 22000 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £41,989 £41,989

    Panoramic Glass Roof, Command APS, Sat Nav, TV, Phone Prep, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Electric Heated Memory Multi Contour Seats with AirScarf Heating, DAB Radio, Universal Audio Interface, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Park Distance Control, Alcantara Headlining, Power Hood, ABC Suspension, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Piano Black Wood, AMG Performance Steering Wheel, Full AMG Styling and 19" AMG Double Spoke Alloys. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Kenny 07875 539530 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 29000 mi
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    £10,995 £10,995

    Green Black Metallic ,19 Inch AMG Alloy Wheels, ABS, Active Body Control, Air Conditioning, Auto Lights, CD Player, Central Locking, Centre Arm Rest, Climate Control, Colour Coded Bumpers, COMAND, Cruise Control With Speed Limiter, Electric Door Mirrors, Electric Drivers and Passenger Seats With Memory, Electric Folding Steel Roof, Electric Windows, Front Fog Lights, Headlamp Wash, Heated Front Seats, Leather Sports Seats, Multiple Airbags, Power Steering, Rear Load Cover, Satellite Navigation, Service History, Tiptronic Gearbox, Traction Control, Wind Deflector Xenon Headlights, ONLY 56000 MILES WITH MAIN DEALER SERVICE HISTORY

    • Mileage: 56000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.966
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    £14,990 £14,990

    MERCEDES SL 500 , ONE OWNER ,NICE LOW MILEAGE EXAMPLE, STUNNING CONDITION AND JUST 40,000 MILES WITH FULL MERCEDES/SPECIALIST SERVICE HISTORY. SPECIFICATION INCLUDES,;PANORAMIC GLASS ROOF, COMAND SATELLITE NAVIGATION , ELECTRIC HEATED SEATS WITH MEMORY, ELECTRIC REAR VIEW MIRROR WITH AUTO-DIMMING, RAIN-SENSOR WIPERS, FRONT AND REAR PARKING AID, AUTO-XENON LIGHTS, CRUISE CONTROL, MULTI-FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL, CLIMATE CONTROLLED AIR-CONDITIONING, FULL LEATHER INTERIOR.;Viewing is 100% recommended, You wont be disappointed! Only GBP GBP 14,990 Or Finance Available (Please Ask For Details) viewing is by appointment only, please call us to arrange a time, we also welcome evening and weekend appointments. all our vehicles can be viewed indoors so viewing is no problem come rain or shine, all our vehicles include a SIX month warranty with national coverage extended warranty's available , part exchange welcome, we can also settle any finance on your current vehicle. many finance options available whether your credit rating is good or bad, we will get you on the road! all major credit and debit cards accepted, All our cars are HPI clear with certificate. Call us 01730 776477 South Downs Motor Company are proud members of "Trading Standards" BUY WITH CONFIDENCE SCHEME"

    • Mileage: 40000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.966
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  • 2013 MERCEDES BENZ SL 550

    $59,500(£46,701.55) $59,500(£46,701.55)

    --Iridium Silver metallic with Black leather interior and Black carpeting, 4.6 liter twin-turbo V8, 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters, 21,775 miles from new. Factory options include: Premium leather upholstery, Black Ash wood trim, Panorama roof, 18” twin 5-spoke wheels, Dashtop analog clock, wood & leather steering wheel, illuminated door sills, active multicontour ventilated seats with neck-level heating, hands-free access and active parking assist. Aftermarket options include a built-in K40 remote radar-laser detector. The power output is from a 4.6 Liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing 429 hp at 5250 rpm and 516 ft lb of torque at 1800-3500 rpm. Performance is 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. The sixth generation of the venerated SL series, this SL 550 is exceptional throughout. This low mileage, well cared for example is the carefree convertible for use as a weekend cruiser or daily driver and comes complete with its original books. Video walk-around and road test: https://youtu.be/cOEVXE3A3B0

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 21775 mi
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  • MERCEDES SL CLASS 350 1972

    £16,995 £16,995

    1972 Mercedes Benz 350 SL Automatic. Nicknamed 'der Panzerwagen' by Mercedes-Benz's own development engineers, the R107-series was an engineering tour de force which remained in production for eighteen years (1971-1989). Styled by Bruno Sacco and surprisingly modern to drive thanks to all-round independent suspension, power steering and four-wheel disc brakes, it was conceived as a grand tourer rather than an out and out sportscar. A strong performer, it remained in production until 1980. This particular car is presented in Champagne Gold with Palamino MB Tex upholstery, a chocolate mohair soft top and matching champagne hard top. This lovely SL was supplied new by Dingle Garages of Colwyn Bay in April 1972. The car has the original service book present with services carried out at 138, 4328, 10698, 22361, 28241, 35023, 42644, 46562, 51869, 54896, 61822 and 62550 miles and now having covered just 63,000 miles. The Mercedes is powered by the 3499cc V8 engine providing 195 bhp married to an automatic gearbox. This car has been very well cared for with no expense spared and most recently this year has had some work carried out and a set of new tyres totaling GBP 2935, we also have some old MoT's in the history file along with an owners manual. On test drive the car performed without fault and was a real pleasure to drive easily keeping up with modern road demands. In summary this is a beautiful car with exceptionally low mileage that we think is a sound investment due the the rising prices of the R107 models. Absolutely any inspection is welcome. Viewing is highly recommended. All major debit and credit cards accepted. Please contact us for any further information. Delivery and shipping can be arranged.

    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.499
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £25,490 £25,490

    Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Black Leather Interior, Electric Memory And Heated Seats, CD Player, Multi-Disc CD Player, Bluetooth, Bi Xenon Headlights, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Powered Folding Mirrors, Front And Rear PDC, Paddle Shift Very Low Mileage With A Full Service History. Fantastic Specification Which Includes, Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Sports Package, Full Black Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable Heated Memory Seats, Lumbar Support, Radio CD, CD Changer, Bluetooth, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Arm Rest, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Front And Rear Park Distance Control, Bi Xenon Headlights, Auto Lights And Wipers, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Alarm, Immobiliser. 2 seats, Magnetite Black Metallic, We Are A Family Run Business Specialising In Sports, Prestige And Performance Cars. Ideally Located On The Border Of Hampshire, Surrey And West Sussex. Our Showroom Is Situated A Stones Throw From The A3 And The London Waterloo To Portsmouth Train Line. All Vehicles Are HPI Checked And Come With A Comprehensive 6 Month Warranty Which Can Be Extended. We Offer Hire Purchase And PCP Finance Packages At Very Competitive Rates. Pleased To Be Approved Under The Hampshire Trading Standards 'Buy With Confidence' Scheme, Open 9.00-5.30 Monday To Saturday, Sundays And Out Of Hours By Appointment.

    • Mileage: 25000 mi
    • Engine size: 3498
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  • Mercedes Sl500 1996

    £9,975 £9,975

    I bought the car from its third owner, who had owned it since February 2012. Prior to that it had been owned by a mother and then her son. First registered in March 1996, so a 5 speed facelift car but still the 32v M119 V8 engine. MOT'd to March 2018 and with all MOTs back to 2012.108,500 miles. The car has an almost mark-free body in Brilliant Silver (code 744) - there are only the very smallest of stone chips - a handful only. No scrapes, dents or other marks. If there is any rust, I've not been able to locate it. Similarly the hard top is in fantastic condition. I looked at about 10 before settling on this one, which was the best by far in this price bracket. The soft top was recently reproofed and had the plastic windows replaced and is in great condition. It folds well with no hydraulic leaks. All 4 alloys are unmarked. A couple of the plastic centre caps are slightly marked but easy to replace if it bothers you.The interior has the facelifted seats in dark blue leather (both electric with memory) with matching dark blue carpets. No rips/tears in the leather and in very good overall condition. I've just bought a set of 4 original dark blue ribbed overmats. It has an aftermarket Sony radio/CD with boot mounted CD player and aux input. During its life with the previous owner it from it had a lot of money spent on it - whatever it needed it looks like he did it, including: new battery; bolster repair; various services; gearbox service; air and pollen filters (in 2016); new bonnet insulation; replacement soft top windows (Oct 2016); new CAT (2016); new timing chain, tensioner, tensioner timing chain and all rails; new steering damper; new alternator; new lambda O2 sensor; all 4 alloy wheels refurbished.The car comes with its wind deflector, toolkit, matching 8-hole alloy spare wheel, 2 keys (one brand new from Mercedes) and all the service records from the previous owner. He got no history from the previous 2 owners but I have their address should anyone wish to try to obtain it. He had the vehicle professionally inspected before purchasing. A/c blows cold. All 4 tyres were replaced quite recently and have plenty of tread and no damage. The car drives really well - it's tight and the 5 speed auto box shifts smoothly and kicks down quickly when needed. If you're looking for a very nice, trouble-free and usable SL500 at a sensible price this is well worth viewing and driving. £9,975 or near offer No canvers or traders please

    • Engine size: 4973
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £7,500 £7,500

    Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Memory Seats, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Power Steering, Parking Sensors, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Adjustable Steering Column, Auto-dip Rearview, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Power Hood, Push Button Start, CD Player, Multi-Disc CD Player, Radio, Television, Remote Alarm, Locking Wheel Nuts, Keyless Entry, Immobiliser, Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, Heated Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Electric Seats, Multiple Airbags, ABS, Dual Climate Zones, 18'' Alloys, Full main dealer service history The Same Lady Owner For 10 Years - Full Main Dealer Mercedes Service History - 10 Months MOT - Hpi Clear - Superb And Very Genuine Example Of A Truly Unbeatable Sports Convertible. Gorgeous Soft Grey Leather Interior, Upgrades - AMG Alloy Wheels, 18'', Tyre Pressure Monitor, Comfort Seats, Push Button Start (Keyless), TV Tuner, C.D Changer, Standard Features - Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Cruise Control, Climate Control, Parking aid, Alarm, Seats Electric (Memory Driver/Passenger), Computer (Driver Information System), In Car Entertainment, Traction control, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Airbags, Paint Metallic, Electronic Stability Programme, Anti-Lock Brakes. 2 seats, Silver, ANY INSPECTION WELCOME. Please Call Us Today To Book Your Test Drive You Certainly Won't Be Disapointed. Free 12 Months AA Cover When You Buy This Car. Extended Warranty Options Available.

    • Mileage: 120000 mi
    • Engine size: 4966
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £51,995 £51,995

    Variant name:SL63 Coupe Convertible ,Derivative:AMG ,Variant: SL63 AMG 5.5 V8 Twin Turbo Performance + Drivers Packs 2012 '62' reg with 28,310 miles. Obsidian Black with Black Nappa Leather, AMG Performance Package, giving 577 bhp over the standard 530bhp, AMG Drivers Pakage, AMG Carbon Fibre Exterior Trim, AMG Carbon Fibre Interior Trim, AMG Limited Slip Differential, ABC Active Body Control, 19" and 20" 10 Spoke AMG Wheels, Keyless Go, Harmon Kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound System, Multi Contour Seats, Active Park Assist including Parktronic, Comfort Ventilated Seats, Panoramic Vario Roof, Airscarf, Remote Boot Closing, Electric Boot Lid, DAB Radio, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Soft Closing Doors, Reversing Camera, AMG Illuminated Door Sills, Ambient Lighting, Analog Clock, Larger 75 Ltr Fuel Tank, Cup Holders in Centre Console. Full M.B service history and excellent condition

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 28310 mi
    • Engine size: 5.5
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