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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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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

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    FINANCE PACKAGES AVAILABLE- We offer this Two Previous Owner Mercedes SL500 in Fantastic Condition and with a Full Mercedes/Specialist Service history. Best Colour Scheme and List Price was over 80K! Here at Auto-Sportiva we are an AA Approved Garage so Buy with Confidence. Ask about our Extendable AA Warranties. Spec Includes- Full Black Leather Interior, Satellite Navigation, Panoramic Glass Vario Sunroof, Keyless-Go, BOSE Sound System, 19'' Inch AMG Alloy Wheels, Parktronic, Telephone Pre-Wiring/Hands Free Facility, Electric + Heated + Memory Seats, Aluminium Trim, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Auto Headlights and Wipers, Power Folding Wing Mirrors, Cruise Control, Dual Climate Control, Auto Dimming Mirrors, 2 Keys, Next MOT due 08/01/2018, Standard Features - Tyre Pressure Control, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/DVD), Electric Windows (Front), Alarm, Computer (Driver Information System), Paint Metallic, Airbags, Power steering, Remote central locking. 2 seats, Metallic Obsidian Black, WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND CALLING OUR SALES TEAM PRIOR TO VIEWING ONE OF OUR VEHICLES TO AVOID ANY DISAPPOINTMENT IF SOLD - FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT - www.auto-sportiva.com. Vehicles Supplied fully inspected, Valeted and with a Comprehensive Warranty and Clear HPI report so Buy with Confidence. Extendable AA Warranties are available including AA Break Down cover. Please ask our Sales Team for more info. Various Finance Packages available. To view this vehicle just put TN13

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  • MERCEDES SL CLASS 380 SL - A Reg - Automatic - 65,000 Miles ** 6 months warranty included** 1983

    £23,500 £23,500

    A beautiful example of a true Classic Mercedes 380SL Sports car fitted with the brilliant V8 engine, Electric Windows, Hard and soft tops.;New front brakes just fitted.;4 X New tyres recently fitted.;New MOT Just carried out.;This vehicle has been sully serviced and checked over by a fully trained Mercedes Technician.;The underside of this car has been cleaned and proffesionally fully wax oiled to protect this Classic car.;Comprehensive service history with many old Mot certificates.;**6 Months Warranty Included**.

    • Mileage: 65000 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL Class

    £41,900 £41,900

    Variant name:SL AMG Convertible AMG ,Derivative:AMG ,Variant: SL 63 2dr Tip Auto, F/Merc/SH, 19inch Wheels, Glass Roof, Airscalf, Navigation, Bluetooth, Heated Seats, Ipod Audio Integration, Cruise, Bi Xenons, Multi Contour Seats, Parktronic, Folding Mirrors. John Holland Sales Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is delighted to offer for sale this stunning Mercedes SL63 AMG in Obsidian Black with Black Exclusive Leather interior with Black Ash Interior Trim. This car has been owned by the last keeper for 6 years and in that time it’s been kept in a heated garage and never seen the rain, It really is in impeccable condition. The specification on this car includes 19inch AMG Alloy Wheels, Glass Roof, Airscalf, Command Navigation System, Phone Prep, Heated Seats, Ipod Audio Integration, Cruise Control, Bi Xenon Headlights, Multi Contour Seats, Parktronic System, Folding Mirrors, Wind Deflector, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Electric Seats and much more. This Car also has perfect Mercedes service history done on 17/11/10 at 3651miles, 07/07/11 at 4273miles, 27/04/12 at 9414miles, 02/06/13 at 12738miles, 28/04/15 at 15121miles and 07/06/2016 at 15768miles. 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 buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2009
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL 320

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    - Finished in Green with a Black leather interior - 77,700 recorded miles and 4 previous keepers - Offered with a collection of old MOT's, invoices and 8 service stamps

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  • Mercedes-Benz SL 500

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    - Finished in Silver with a Grey leather interior - 103,000 recorded miles, 4 previous keepers and MOT'd into Sept 2017 - Offered with service book containing 9 entries the last dated Nov 2016 Vendor Condition Ratings: Bodywork: 'Very Good' Engine: 'Very Good' Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good' Paintwork: 'Very Good' Transmission: 'Very Good' Interior Trim: 'Very Good'

    • Year: 2004
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  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL Series SL 55 AMG [517] True Collector's Example, Impeccable Condition Flawless Main Dealer Mercedes Service History Facelift Model with the Perfect Specification BEST in the UK

    £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 Extended Nappa Leather and Carbon High Gloss Interior Inlays. This vehicle really does tick the box in every aspect, specification wants for nothing, service history exceptional, condition unbeatable. 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 b

    • Year: 2006
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  • 197 - 1985 Ferrari Mondial QV Convertible

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    The Ferrari Mondial, the name reminiscent of the 500 Mondial race cars from the 1950s, was a replacement model for the Ferrari 308 GT4. The Mondial was the first Ferrari where the entire engine/gearbox/rear suspension assembly was mounted on a detachable steel sub frame making engine removal for a major rebuild or cylinder head removal much easier than it was on previous models. The steel coachwork was taken care of by Carrozzeria Scaglietti and built over a lightweight steel box section space frame. The first Mondial engine, although a DOHC design, used just two valves per cylinder. The later Quattrovalvole or QV, introduced a new four valve cylinder head, the combustion chamber design was purportedly based on the early eighties Formula One engine and produced a very respectable 240hp. This 1985 Ferrari Mondial QV Cabriolet is an incredibly rare car being a UK righthand drive example with only 24 produced in total. It is described as being in superb condition with the coachwork said to be 10 out of 10 along with the engine, transmission, chassis and interior which is finished in cream hide. The car was last serviced at 58,317 miles which included a cambelt change and comes with a

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  • 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL Series SL 500 Comand Satellite Navigation Heated and Cooled Seats Massaging Seats Impeccable Example

    £11,900 £11,900

    John Holland Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is excited to offer this beautifully presented Mercedes-Benz SL Series SL 500. Finished in Iridium Silver wit Grey Leather Upholstery and Walnut Interior Inlays. This impeccable example comes with a huge specification to include, 17" Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels. Comand Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Multi Function Wood and Leather Steering Wheel, Electric Steering Colum, Cruise Control, Dual Climate, Heated and Cooled Front Seats with Memory and Massaging. Radio with CD Auto Changer, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Folding Mirrors , Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights and much more. Serviced at 5375 miles, 11986 miles, 23455 miles all at Mercedes Benz and again at 35527 miles at ABM Mercedes Specialists. Supplied with 2 keys and all its 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 buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard,

    • Year: 2002
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  • MERCEDES SL CLASS 3.5 SL350 7G-Tronic 2dr Petrol Auto 2009 32000 Black

    £20,995 £20,995

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    • Mileage: 32000 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £6,950 £6,950

    Climate Control, Full Leather, Remote Central Locking, Cruise Control, Factory Hard Top, 18'' Alloys, Full service history

    • Mileage: 101000 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £39,995 £39,995

    19'' AMG Alloys, Satellite Navigation Command , Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Memory Seats, Massaging Seats, Xenon Headlamps, Automatic Headlights, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Airscarf's, Cruise Control, Front and Rear Parking Sensors , Panoramic Retractable Hard Top, Multi-Disc CD Player, DAB digital radio, Digital TV, Harman Kardon Audio, Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Multi-function Steering Wheel, AMG Spots Steering Wheel , Electric Steering Column, Climate Control, Dual Climate Zones, Traction Control, Computer, Rear Spoiler, Headlamp Jetwash, Linguatronic Voice Activated Control, Paddle Shift, Piano Black Trim, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Anti-Theft System, Remote Alarm, Full service history

    • Mileage: 27000 mi
    • Engine size: 6208
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £49,990 £49,990

    Leather Upholstery, Anti Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Climate Control, Panoramic Roof, Remote Central Locking, Alloy Wheels, Power Assisted Steering (PAS), Alarm, Cruise Control, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Preparation (Phone), Heated Front Seats, Intelligent Parking Assist, Rain Sensitive Wipers, DAB Radio, Auto On Headlights, Bodykit, Wind Deflector, Metallic Paint, First Aid KitWe are delighted to offer this 2016 one private owner from new Mercedes SL 400 AMG Line. Presented in brilliant blue metallic with contrasting black perforated leather with white piping and white stitching. A superb spec car with AMG sport package, keyless go comfort, reverse camera, analogue clock, electric wind deflector,, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 7000 mi
    • Engine size: 2996
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £38,990 £38,990

    ** £990 DEPOSIT £639 MONTHLY **, ** BUY NOW START PAYING APRIL 2017**, 7 G-Tronic Auto With Paddle Change Steering Wheel, AMG Sports Pack, AMG Bodystyling, AMG Rear Boot Spoiler, AMG 19'' 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels, Sports Suspension, Adaptive Damping System, Larger Braking System With Perforated Brake Discs, Black Perforated Leather Interior, Light Brushed Aluminium Interior Trim, Sports Seats, Electric Seats, Memory Seats, Heated Seats, Air Scarf Heated Ventilated System, AMG Leather & Aluminium Sports Steering Wheel, AMG Leather Gearshift, AMG Sports Aluminium Pedals, Panoramic Glass Vario Roof, Luxury Climate Control, Air Conditioning, COMAND Hard Disk Satellite Navigation System, COMAND Online, Live Traffic Information, Linguatronic Voice Control, Active Park Assist With Parktronic Parking System, Bi Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Automatic Headlights With Adaptive Beam Assist, Automatically Dimming Mirrors, Rain Sensor, Computer, Cruise Control, ESP Ele This fantastic Mercedes Benz SL400 AMG Sport really is in an as new condition both inside and out and without doubt is the best one currently for sale in the UK. The car is finished in the best colour combination possible of Metallic Obsidian Black with a contrasting Black Perforated Leather Interior and with the 19'' AMG 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels and the AMG Bodystyling the car really stands out from the crowd. The SL400 AMG Sport boasts a huge level of specification as standard but this particular car was ordered from Mercedes Benz with the Air Scarf Neck Level Heating and the Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound System. The SL400 AMG Sport is an amazing feat of engineering and design by Mercedes Benz as not only does it give a true sports car performance with a 0-62 MPH acceleration of 5.2 seconds onto a factory limited top speed of 155 MPH it can also return up to 47.9 Miles Per Gallon and the Road Fund Licence is only £230.00 Per Year. ** ALL CARS NOW SUPPLIED WITH 12 MONTHS AA ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE COVER, 5 DAYS FREE INSURANCE (SUBJECT TO ACCEPTANCE & £12.50 ADMIN FEE), A NO QUIBBLE PARTS AND LABOUR WARRANTY, INCLUDING FAILURES CAUSED BY WEAR AND TEAR, 12 MONTHS MOT AND A MULTI POINT PRE-DELIVERY INSPECTION REPORT **

    • Mileage: 8000 mi
    • Engine size: 2996
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL Class

    £54,995 £54,995

    Variant name:Sl Class Convertible Special Editions Mille Miglia 417 ,Derivative:Mille Miglia 417 ,Variant: SL 400 Mille Miglia 417 Edition Auto Finished in Magnetite black metallic with full black and red Nappa perforated leather OPTIONAL FEATURES FITTED TO THIS CAR Magic sky panoramic glass sunroof Airscarf neck level heating Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system Ventilated seats Remote boot closing Wind deflector FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO THE MILLE MIGLIA 19”/20” AMG alloy wheels with red detailing Carbon structure black and red leather AMG sports leather steering wheel Red brake calipers Red seat belts Red AMG accents to front and rear bumpers ‘Mille Miglia’ badging Carbon fibre bootlid spoiler Satin carbon fibre interior trim Red contrast piping to seats, headrests and centre armrests Special edition embroidery 1000 Miglia embroidered floor mats STANDARD FEATURES AMG sports package to include lowered sports suspension, AMG bodystyling, larger braking system with perforated rear brakes and black roof liner. Comand online to include satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, internet preparation, Mercedes apps, digital music register and Mercedes audio interface Front and rear parktronic DAB radio Tyre pressure monitoring system Auto dimming rear view mirror Electric folding exterior mirrors Speed limit assist High beam assist Heated seats Electric adjustable seats with memory Bi Xenon intelligent lighting system This car doesn’t only celebrate the famous historic Italian road race, but also honours the often-forgotten John Fitch, whose 417 start time and race number adorns this unique SL. Only 500 Mille Miglia special edition 417 cars were made and this stunning convertible is in outstanding condition with only 6500 miles covered. Car comes complete with a recent Mercedes Benz 1st service and the balance of Mercedes Benz's manufacturer warranty until March 2019.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 6500 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL 500

    POA POA

    PLEASE NOTE: We apologise but this vehicle is Withdrawn from our 23rd February 2017 auction. - 3 former keepers, c.106,000 recorded miles, Cream leather upholstery - Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds and 155mph when new - 4966cc V8 engine, 5-speed auto, MOT'd till Feb 2018 Vendor Condition Ratings: Bodywork: 'Very Good' Engine: 'Excellent' Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent' Paintwork: 'Very Good' Transmission: 'Excellent' Interior Trim: 'Very Good'

    • Year: 2002
    For sale
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 500

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    - Finished in Osidian black with contrasting grey leather interior - Cherished registration, panoramic glass roof and 75,543 recorded miles - Offered with original handbooks, service book and recent expenditure Vendor Condition Ratings: Bodywork: 'Excellent' Engine: 'Excellent' Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent' Paintwork: 'Very Good' Transmission: 'Excellent' Interior Trim: 'Excellent'

    • Year: 2003
    For sale
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 500

    £35,989 £35,989

    One Owner. Panoramic Glass Roof, Command APS, Sat Nav, Rear View Camera, Active Park Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Garage Door Opener, Climate Control, Heated Seats, Xenon Headlamps with Intelligent Light System, High Beam Assist, Ambient Lighting, Power Hood, Burr Walnut Trim, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Folding Mirrors and 18" 5 Twin Spoke Alloys. Vat Qualifying. £29,996 plus Vat. We Can Supply Vat Free for Export Admin Fee Applies. Viewing by Appointment. 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 Tony 07956 564440 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: 2012
    • Mileage: 23000 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £24,950 £24,950

    Variant name:280 SL ,Derivative:R107 ,Variant: 280 SL Here we have a stunning example of the 1981 280SL Finished in Signal Red, this car benefits from a fully removable hard top with heated rear glass with carry trolley. The car has been owned by the current keeper since 11/11/2006 with only 2 previous keepers. The car has never wanted for anything and has been maintained to a very high standard and would put many other to shame. There is a full service history supplied with the car with the majority being Mercedes Benz main dealer, then a local very well respected classic Mercedes Benz service centre. Every bill and invoice is present with a large folder documenting the cars life. The SL has only been used on dry days and always been stored in a heated garage under a custom made cover to maintain the paint and bright work. The engine is turn key with no smoke or running issues, it also benefits from a resent engine over hall and major service with bills to prove. Viewing is a must as any perspective buyer will not be disappointed.

    • Year: 1981
    • Mileage: 59466 mi
    • Engine size: 2.8
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £19,990 £19,990

    Palladium silver, PANORAMIC GLASS SUNROOF, Full AMG body styling, 19'' AMG alloy wheels, Full black leather, Sports package, COMAND including wide screen SAT NAV, 6 disc multi play CD, Media interface with ipod connection, DAB digital radio, Harmon Kardon surround sound system, Driver and passenger heated seats, Air scarf, Driver and passenger electric seats both with memory, Bluetooth, Parktronic front and rear, Xenon headlights, Cruise control, Multi function steering wheel with paddle shift gear change, Auto dimming rear view mirror and electric folding exterior mirrors, Only 37,000 miles, FULL MERCEDES BENZ MAIN DEALER/SPECIALIST SERVICE HISTORY, 6 stamps in the service book, 2 keys, 1 year MOT, HPI checked, Excellent finance options available, Comprehensive 3 year warranty options available, EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION THROUGHOUT

    • Mileage: 37000 mi
    • Engine size: 2996
    For sale
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