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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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    £31,700 £31,700

    This exceptional Huge Spec Mercedes Benz SL55 AMG has just arrived into stock and comes backed with a full Mercedes Benz main dealer service history. it was with the previous owner for just over 5 years who has maintained it to a high standard. It has an impressive specification that includes Panoramic Glass Vario Roof, Distronic Adaptive Cruise Control, COMAND APS DVD Satellite Navigation, Bose Sound, Dual Zone Climate Control, Multi Contour Seats with Memory with Heating and Ventilation and Adjustable Lumbar Support, Multi-function Steering Wheel with Paddle Shift, Active Body Control (ABC), Electric Steering Adjustment, Parktronic Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Linguatronic, Analog TV Tuner, Bluetooth Phone Connectivity, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Automatic Folding Mirrors, Heated Screen Wash System plus much more. It looks fabulous finished in Metallic Obsidian Black, Exclusive Black Leather, Leather Trim Steering Wheel, AMG Styling Package and 19" 5 Spoke AMG Alloys. It is in immaculate condition and has an extensive Mercedes-Benz service history. It comes with all the manuals, 2 remote central locking keys and the relevant documentation.;;** Purchase this vehicle using our low rate finance packages, tailored to suit your individual requirements. ;;** Flexible HP/PCP Finance Available - We offer a 0% Deposit Options with packages available from 12 - 72 months ** All of our vehicles go through an inspection prior to sale and will be provided with a 6 months warranty as standard ** Nationwide Delivery is available at a small cost ** Part Exchanges are welcome ** All Major Debit/Credit cards can be used ** OPENING HOURS ARE AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK TO SUIT ALL OUR CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS, PLEASE PHONE PRIOR TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT **

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    Full Screen Sat Nav, Panoramic Glass Roof, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Black Leather Interior, Air Scarf, Electric Memory And Heated Seats, Radio, CD Player, CD Changer, Harman Kardon, Bluetooth, Powered Folding Mirrors, Bi Xenon Headlights, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift Mercedes Plus One Owner From New. Extremely Low Mileage With A Full Mercedes Service History. Just Under £8000 Of Optional Extras. Fantastic Specification Which Includes, Full Screen Sat Nav, Panoramic Glass Roof, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Black Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable Heated And Memory Seats, Air Scarf, Radio CD, CD Changer, Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound, Sports Package, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Arm Rest, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Active Body Control (ABC) Suspension System, Electrically Adjustable Steering Column, Wind Deflector, Bi Xenon Headlights, Auto Lights And Wipers, Park Tronic (Audio And Visible Parking Aid), Intelligent Lighting System, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Alarm, Immobiliser, Isofix. 2 seats, Designo Mystic Blue 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 Monday 09.00-19.00, Tuesday To Saturday 09.00-17.30 & Sundays 10.00-16.00.

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  • 2014 (14) MERCEDES-BENZ SL CONVERTIBLE 5.5 SL63 AMG 2DR AUTOMATIC

    £51,895 £51,895

    DESCRIPTION AMARI is delighted to offer you this outstanding Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG 5.5, which is a 2014 / 14 Registered Example, in Obsidian Black with Porcelain Nappa Leather Interior having covered 19,175 Miles by 5 Owners from New. EXTERIOR This car is presented to you in the dark Obsidian Black Metallic. Which is in a great, condition all around. INTERIOR The interior of the SL63 is upholstered in the contrasting Porcelain Nappa Leather, featuring Wood Trim in Black Ash. Also in an excellent condition. SPECIFICATION The already huge specification of the SL63 is vastly enhanced by the following options: 19"/20" AMG Alloy Wheels - 10-Spoke Design Painted in Titanium Grey Magic Sky Control Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound System AMG Performance Steering Wheel in Nappa Leather / DINAMICA Reversing Camera with Guidance Lines Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Wood Trim - Black Ash Roof Liner Black AMG Velour Floor Mats Porcelain Nappa Leather Other Specification features AMG Body Styling Ambient Lighting Media Interface COMAND Online DAB Digital Radio Tuner Adaptive High Beam Assist Active Park Assist including Parktronic Analogue Clock in Centre of Dashboard Auto Dimming Rear-View and Driver's Exterior Mirror Mutli-Contour Front Seats - Driver and Passenger AMG MCT 7-Speed Automatic HISTORY *** *** The MOT is not yet due until the 25th September 2018. TYRES The tyres of this car are Continental SportContact's all around. Front: 255 x 35 x ZR19 XL Rear: 285 x 30 x ZR20 XL Tyre Depths: Front Left: 5mm Front Right: 5mm Rear Left: 5mm Rear Right: 5mm We have the original Owners Pack containing the Owners Manual, and Other Reference Material. To arrange a viewing, please contact our team on 01772 663777. Viewing strictly by appointment. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 19175 mi
    • Engine size: 5.5
    For sale
    £51,895 £51,895
  • Mercedes SL 1985

    £10,250 £10,250

    Mercedes 380 SL in deep red. MOT until November 2018. Drives extremely well. 150,000 miles. In good condition. Used daily. Everything works how it should. Hood was replaced a few years ago by previous owner. Lovely car, gets admired wherever we go. Sad sale as moving. £10250. Please phone/text: 07951832873 or 07748027730.

    • Engine size: 3839
    For sale
    £10,250 £10,250
  • Mercedes Benz SL280 Convertible R129 1995 M reg

    £5,995 £5,995

    Stunning Example - 2 careful lady owners from new,  comes with hard top and full service history. Only 10,319 of this model produced so fast becoming a rarity. Currently on personal plate. First to see will buy. Fantastic drive for the summer. Call 07986716548 to view or arrange a test drive 

    • Mileage: 123804 mi
    • Engine size: 2799
    For sale
    £5,995 £5,995
  • Mercedes SL350 Full Serv Hist,Genuine Low Mileage, Very good condition,SL63 AMG Extras,Part Exchange

    £13,395 £13,395

    Great car for any season but especially for summer. Hard top convertible. Fully loaded from factory with a few AMG extras that are normally only found on the SL63 AMG (19’’ Genuine AMG Wheels, Carbon Fibre Interior Trims on Centre Console,Doors, Instrument Cluster, Rear Led Lights , Boot Spoiler and AMG Badge) . It also comes with Keyless-Go-Push Button Start , Airscarf , Satnav , Electric / Heated / Memory Seats Climate Control, Wind Deflector, Automatic 7G-Tronic Gearbox and Paddle Shift by the steering wheel , Cruise Control, Climate Control with Air Conditioning, Electric / Folding Mirrors, Front And Rear Parking Sensors, Tinted Windows(Darker Rear) and many others. Very good condition all around with only a few minor age related marks that can only be seen up close and won’t come up in the pictures . Drives perfectly. Test drive welcome. All Paperwork and Both Keys Available. Long MOT. Genuine Mileage . Full Service and MOT History to back it up. It`s all hpi clear, of course. I may be able to take another car in part exchange, if that helps. No clic cars please as i`m just not interested. Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask . Everything works as it should . No warning lights , no strange noises or leaks . It really is a great car

    • Mileage: 55000 mi
    • Engine size: 3498
    For sale
    £13,395 £13,395
  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £29,995 £29,995

    FOR SALE A beautiful Mercedes-Benz 280SL with 57,069 miles and Mercedes history. EQUIPMENT Light-alloy bonnet, easy-closing doors, detachable colour coded hard top, retractable soft top, impact zones, anti-burst locks, strengthened windscreen pillars, parking lamps, remote controlled door mirrors, three speed wipers, individually adjusted temperature zones, oil pressure gauge, non-slip steering wheel, lockable glove compartment, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, warning triangle, power assisted steering. Factory options; Metallic paint. Dealer options; Mercedes tailored floor mats, Philips 750 radio cassette, tailored hard top storage bag. EXTERIOR The R107 Mercedes-Benz SL achieved iconic status in the 1970’s and 80’s and became a byword for success, a car for those who had made it! Now a stalwart feature of the modern classic car era, this 280SL represents a superb example having covered just 57,069 miles from new. Finished in factory optional Champagne Metallic, (Code 473), the paintwork boasts a magnificent finish and uniform shine. This fabulously period colour accentuates the cars classic elegant lines, and even upon close scrutiny only tiny markings can be found. The original Dark Brown hood, (Code 8023), is as new, as are the side and rear hood windows. The original colour coded hard top remains with the car and is in immaculate condition, and the hood aperture is clean and displays the original foam bump stops. The high-quality chrome has a mirror finish and trim sections and rubbers are superb. A car that excelled in engineering, build quality and craftsmanship when new, this example has been preserved exactly as Mercedes intended. INTERIOR The interior of this 280SL, upholstered in matching Cream Beige fabric with leather side trim, (Code 075), has remained in fantastic condition. The seats are beautifully preserved and commensurate with the low mileage and all seat structure is fully intact with no loss of shape. One miniscule mark to the driver’s seat base can be seen and there is a virtually invisible nick to the leather upper bolster. The deep pile carpets are pristine having been protected from new by Mercedes over mats. The fascia is perfect and all the gauges, controls and electrics operate exactly as they should, including the optional Philips 750 radio cassette. The rear luggage area has the original first aid kit in the side holder and the boot area has the factory supplied toolkit as well as the original warning triangle. Originality seekers will note the rear light clusters complete with delicate manufacturer stickers still attached. Hugely advanced ergonomically and from an era when Mercedes-Benz set the standard for all makers to emulate. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The six-cylinder in-line engine fitted to the 280SL model offered a power output quoted in the manufacturer literature of 185hp and 240Nm of torque, enough to propel this driving machine to a maximum speed of 121mph whilst 0-60 is achieved in 10.01 seconds. The engine bay is spotless and retains all manufacturer stickers, plates and panel stampings. The low mileage credentials are evident in the perfect under-bonnet insulation panel which is usually deteriorated. The four-speed automatic transmission is flawless in operation with positive kickdown. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES The original 12-hole colour coded hubcaps with chromium plated rims are unrestored and in excellent order with only light hairline scratches to the outer edges. Quality matching Michelin Energy 195/70 R14 tyres have masses of tread and the unused spare wheel remains shod in the factory Continental Supercontact tyre which still displays the coloured banding! Dual-circuit servo assisted brakes with discs to all four wheels offer powerful stopping capabilities. HISTORY FILE This 280SL was first registered on 9th August 1985 by Mercedes-Benz Main Dealer, Jim Russell of Norfolk. Having covered just 57,069 miles from new with only three former keepers, this example is highly desirable and suitable for the avid collector. The Mercedes plastic wallet houses all handbooks, guides and dealership literature as well as both genuine Mercedes roof levers neatly stored in the pouch holder. The original service and maintenance booklet displays the factory build card attached to the rear sleeve along with 10 stamped entries, all of which are Mercedes Main Dealer, with eight being the original supplying dealer, Jim Russell. The most recent stamped entry by Mercedes-Benz of Leeds was in May 2018 at 57,005 miles and there are two further service invoices in addition to the service record including a major service in 2016. The history folder consists of a large collection of invoices and MOT certificates as well as an original sales brochure. A beautifully presented example, this highly sought-after classic Mercedes-Benz will delight the new appreciative owner. MOT May 2019, HPI clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/GdQ6B98clqk To see a full set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmdTLvBq 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1985
    • Mileage: 57069 mi
    • Engine size: 2.7
    For sale
    £29,995 £29,995
  • MERCEDES SL CLASS SL300 3.0 231 BHP TIP AUTO PAN ROOF 2012

    £22,995 £22,995

    ** FINANCE AVAILABLE FROM 9.2% APR ** JUST 26,133 MILES FROM NEW ** TWO PRIVATE OWNERS FROM NEW ** FULL FRANCHISE SERVICE HISTORY WITH 5 MERCEDES-BENZ SERVICES FROM NEW ** MOT UNTIL 12th DECEMBER 2018 ** ALL HANDBOOKS AVAILABLE ** CONVERTIBLE WITH FULLY RETRACTABLE ELECTRIC ROOF ** AN IMMACULATE EXAMPLE THROUGHOUT WITH IRIDIUM SILVER METALLIC PAINTWORK ** FULL BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR TRIM WITH CONTRAST GREY STITCHING ** GLASS PANORAMIC ROOF WITH SUNSHIELD ** COMAND BUILT IN SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM ** THREE STAGE AIR SCARFS (NECK LEVEL HEATING) ** TWO STAGE HEATED SEATS ** FULLY ELECTRIC FRONT SEATS ** 5x2 SPOKE 19" ALLOY WHEELS ** VENTED BRAKE DISCS ALL ROUND ** FRONT AND REAR PARKING SENSORS ** AIR CONDITIONING ** DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL ** CRUISE CONTROL WITH SPEED LIMITER ** FIVE STAGE ELECTRIC LUMBAR SUPPORT ** DAB DIGITAL RADIO ** BLUETOOTH HANDSFREE READY ** ELECTRIC WIND DEFLECTOR WITH ROLLOVER PROTECTION SHIELD ** AUTOMATIC XENON HEADLIGHTS ** RAIN SENSITIVE WIPERS ** ELECTRIC WINDOWS ** ELECTRIC FOLDING MIRRORS ** ELECTRIC STEERING COLUMN ADJUSTMENT ** INTEGRATED 6 DISC CD CHANGER ** FRONT FOG LIGHTS WITH CHROME SURROUNDS ** CHROME FRONT GRILL STRIP ** CHROME MERCEDES-BENZ SILL PLATES ** CHROME EXHAUST TAILPIPES ** TRACTION CONTROL ** SPACE GREY INTERIOR FACIA FINISH ** MERCEDES-BENZ MUSIC INTERFACE SYSTEM ** BEHIND SEAT STORAGE COMPARTMENTS ** REFRIGERATED GLOVE COMPARTMENT ** LEATHER PADDED STEERING WHEEL ** STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS ** AUTOMATIC/TIPTRONIC WITH PADDLE SHIFT GEAR CHANGE ** SPORT/COMFORT DRIVING MODES ** 2 REMOTE KEYS AVAILABLE ** 3 MONTHS PARTS/LABOUR WARRANTY ** FREE DELIVERY ANYWHERE IN UK ** COMPLETELY MOTORING CHELTENHAM and GLOUCESTER ** GBP 500 DEPOSIT DEBIT/CREDIT CARD - BALANCE BY BANK TRANSFER **

    • Mileage: 26133 mi
    • Engine size: 2.996
    For sale
    £22,995 £22,995
  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £8,995 £8,995

    Premium Cloth soft top, Factory Hard Top, Climate Control, Full Leather, Remote Central Locking, Remote Alarm, Immobiliser, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Power Steering, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Headlamp Wash/wipe, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Radio, Multi-Disc CD Player, Stereo, Space Saver Spare Wheel, UK Specification, UK Supplied, 18'' Alloys, Service history COST NEW IN EXCESS OF £65,000, THIS LOW MILEAGE MERCEDES SL 320 CONVERTIBLE COMES FROM A LOCAL CUSTOMER WHO HAS OWNED IT FOR OVER 10 YEARS.

    • Mileage: 76818 mi
    • Engine size: 3199
    For sale
    £8,995 £8,995
  • MERCEDES SL CLASS SL500 2004

    £8,995 £8,995

    Mercedes Service History, MOT 21/06/2019, Upgrades - Comfort Ventilated Seats/Perforated Leather, Cockpit Management/Nav.Display(COMAND), Wood/Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel, Chestnut Wood Trim, Standard Features - Satellite Navigation, Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger - Driver Memory), Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Climate Control, Alloy Wheels (17in), Computer (Driver Information System), Electric Windows (Front), Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD Autochanger), Upholstery Leather, Mirrors External (Electric Heated/Folding), Electric door mirrors, Remote central locking, Alarm, Paint Metallic. 2 seats, Cubanite Sliver, 7 Mercedes service stamps, bookpack and 2 keys, ALL CARS ARE FULLY VALETED, FULL DEALER FACILITIES, ALL MAJOR DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED, EXPERIAN CHECKED, PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AT OUR 100+ REVIEWS ON AUTOTRADER, CAR IS LOCATED AT OUR INDOOR SHOWROOMS ONLY 5 MINS FROM BOURNEMOUTH RAIL STATION, PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AT OUR WEBSITE WWW.KJPRESTIGE.CO.UK FOR ALL OF OUR CURRENT CARS

    • Mileage: 91000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.966
    For sale
    £8,995 £8,995
  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £22,990 £22,990

    AMG Sport Pack, Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Panoramic Glass Roof, Full Black Leather Interior, Electric Memory And Heated Seats, Radio, CD Player, Bluetooth, Bi Xenon Headlights, Front And Rear PDC, Powered Folding Mirrors, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift Very Low Mileage With A Full Mercedes Service History. Recently Serviced Under 500 Miles Ago And A New MOT Has Just Been Carried Out By The Same Mercedes Dealer. Over £5000 Of Optional Extras. Fantastic Specification Which Includes, Facelift Model, AMG Sports Package, Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Panoramic Glass Sunroof, Full Black Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable Heated And Memory Seats, Adjustable Lumbar Support, Air Scarf, Radio CD, CD Changer, Media Input, Bluetooth, Adjustable ABC Sports Suspension, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Front And Rear Park Distance Control, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Arm Rest, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Electrically Adjustable Steering Column, Wind Deflector, Electric Boot Operation, Bi Xenon Headlights, Auto Lights And Wipers, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Alarm, Immobiliser, Isofix. 2 seats, Obsidian 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 Monday 09.00-19.00, Tuesday To Saturday

    • Mileage: 31600 mi
    • Engine size: 5461
    For sale
    £22,990 £22,990
  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £12,995 £12,995

    17'' Alloys , Panoramic Hard Top, CD Multichanger, Wind Deflector, Premium Cloth soft top, Power Hood, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Power Steering, ABS, Wood/Leather Steering Wheel, Radio Cassette, Electric Folding Mirrors, Remote Central Locking, Multiple Airbags, Automatic Climate Control, Traction Control, Cruise Control, Headlamp Jetwash, Headlamp Wash/wipe, Anti-Theft System, Full service history Finished in Obsidian Black with Beige Leather, 17'' Alloys, Panoramic Hardtop, CD Multi Changer, Electric Heated Seats, Electric Folding Mirrors, Automatic Climate Control, Cruise Control, Wood/Leather Steering Wheel, Radio Cassette, Traction Control, Wind Deflector, Premium Cloth Soft Top, Power Hood, Electric Windows and Mirrors, PAS, ABS, Remote Locking, Headlamp Washers, Multiple Airbags, 6 Month Warranty Included.

    • Mileage: 73000 mi
    • Engine size: 3199
    For sale
    £12,995 £12,995