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

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

    £7,500 £7,500

    Air Conditioning, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Powered Folding Mirrors, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Adjustment, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Brake Assist, Electric retractable hard top, Electric Front Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player, Radio, Colour SatNav, Climate Control, Xenon Headlamps, Metallic Paintwork, Headlamp Jetwash, Front Fog Lamps, Multiple Airbags, Parking Sensors, Power Hood, Alloy wheels, Main dealer service history A superb example of the SL350 with a great spec and excellent main dealer service history. Featuring navigation/Command, Xenon Headlamps, Front and rear parking sensors, Dual electric memory seats, Orthopedic seats,Full leather, Wood grain dash accents, and much much more. Our price includes a new 12 month MOT, Full pre delivery inspection/service if due, and a 3 Month parts and labour warranty. VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL US TO AVOID A WASTED JOURNEY, BUY FROM A GARAGE YOU CAN TRUST, ESTABLISHED 18 YEARS WITH FULL DEALER FACILITIES

    • Mileage: 125000 mi
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    £27,950 £27,950

    Bluetooth, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Memory Seats, Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps, Powered Folding Mirrors, Parking Sensors, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Air Scarf, Panoramic Sunroof Boss Motor Company are delighted to present this 2012/61 Mercedes SL350 - having covered only 17,000 miles from new and complimented by a FULL Mercedes-Benz Service History. JUST MERCEDES SERVICED - NEW 'No Advisory' MOT.Extensive Specification Includes:COMAND Sat Nav, Panoramic Roof, Parktronic - Parking Distance Control, DAB Digital Radio, Air Scarf, Automatic Light System, Alloy Wheels 19'', Telephone Pre-wire, Aluminium Trim, Sports Pack, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Wind deflector, 7 Speed Automatic Gearbox, Electric Folding Door Mirrors, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Media Interface, Climate Control, Heated Screen Washers, Heated Front Seats, Central Door Locking, Electric Windows, Air Bags, Alarm, Immobiliser.

    • Mileage: 17000 mi
    • Engine size: 3498
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £34,993 £34,993

    Variant name:SL350 ,Derivative:R231 ,Variant: SL350 V6 AMG SPORTS Package - Beautiful Low Mileage Example With Panoramic Roof, Airscarf, Reversing Camera Due in stock we have a stunning and low mileage Mercedes SL 350 AMG Sports Package. Offered in Palladium Silver with Black Leather, AMG sports package including 19 inch AMG alloys, Panoramic glass sunroof, Airscarf neck level heating, DAB radio, Reversing camera, Analog clock on top of dashboard. Great value Circa 78000 pounds new and only 12000 miles.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 12623 mi
    • Engine size: 3.5
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    £10,999 £10,999

    2004 (54) MERCEDES BENZ SL350 3.7 auto, Petrol Automatic Convertable 3724cc. Next MOT due 10/10/2017, 59,850 miles. Service history, Excellent bodywork, Beige Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Good, Satellite Navigation, Alloy Wheels (17in), Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Climate Control, Computer (Driver Information System), Paint Metallic, Alarm, Electric Windows (Front), Upholstery Leather, Seats Electric (Memory Driver/Passenger), In Car Entertainment (Radio/Cassette), Leather seats, Cruise control. 2 seats, Black, Free Oil Service and Pre-Sale Inspection. HPi And National Mileage Certificate. Finance Available. Credit and debit cards accepted. BUY WITH PEACE OF MIND. WE HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR OVER 23 YEARS, DELIVERIES ARRANGED. GBP 10,999

    • Mileage: 59850 mi
    • Engine size: 3.724
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    £51,970 £51,970

    UKI (Sudbury) Limited are delighted to offer this stunning 2016/16 Mercedes-Benz SL400 AMG Line presented in Obsidian Black metallic with Full Burgundy Red leather interior. This one former keeper SL400 is in showroom condition throughout, it has been exceptionally well looked after with no marks to the bodywork, interior or alloy wheels and still having the plastic cover protectors to the Metal door sills. Not needing an M.O.T or a service yet this car is ready to go.;;There is a fantastic specification to this SL, the spec consists of - Panoramic roof, Comand online satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone and media, DAB digital radio, Harman Kardon surround sound system, Reverse assist camera, Park assist with parktronic, Front and Rear parking sensors, Electric wind deflector, Fully electric convertible roof, Airscarf, Heated seats, Cruise control, Mirror pack, Electric memory seats, Intelligent light system, Adaptive high beam assist, Electric adjustable steering column, Burgundy Red full leather upholstery, Ambient lighting, Automatic lights, Rain sensing wipers, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Climate control, Comfort and Sport suspension, Lumbar support.;;All of our vehicles come with the remainder of their manufacturers warranty (where applicable) and are HPI clear, they also come with an M.O.T with no advisories (where applicable) and a standard 3 month warranty with options to upgrade to 2 years, we also have trained valets who are experienced in applying the market leading Williams F1 Ceramic paint protection which we can offer at discounted rates to all of our customers.

    • Mileage: 7400 mi
    • Engine size: 2.996
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £11,490 £11,490

    Variant name:SL350 ,Derivative:R230 ,Variant: SL350 BUY THIS GREAT LOOKING MERCEDES SL, FINISHED IN SILVER METALLIC PAINT WITH FULL BLACK LEATHER TRIM, COMMAND SAT NAV AND CLIMATE CONTROL. LOW MILES AND 5 SERVICES IN TOTAL, LAST SERVICED @ 57503 MILES, All of our cars have a mechanical appraisal carried out by a qualified technician. All of our cars are HPI checked & clear. All cars come with a standard 6 month warranty, including wear and tear (based on cars age/mileage) with the option to purchase a further 2 years from £349 ** We are a part of Robinsons Motor Group so all our cars are part exchanges that come through the dealership's, with over 27 garages located around East Anglia this gives us a massive range of stock, We have 7 Auto Devotion sites stocking over 250 cars pricing from £2,000. We can supply competitive finance quotes on all of our vehicles (subject to customer & vehicle age/mileage)

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 61721 mi
    • Engine size: 3.7
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    £14,995 £14,995

    Remote Central Locking, Front Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, ABS, Traction Control, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Power Steering, Drivers Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbags, Cruise Control, Alarm, Immobiliser, Full Red Leather Interior, AMG Alloy Wheels, Heated and Cooling Seats with masage, Factory SAT NAV, front and rear parking sensors, Panoramic electric folding roof, CD Changer.

    • Mileage: 35550 mi
    • Engine size: 4.966
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  • MERCEDES SL CLASS 350 3.7 2005

    £13,995 £13,995

    2005 (55) Mercedes SL350, 3.7 Petrol, Automatic Gearbox, Only Covered 62,000 Miles With Lots Of Service History, Great Condition Inside and Out, Drives Very Well, Satellite Navigation, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Hard Top Roof, ESP, Full Leather Interior, Heated Seats, Electric Seats, Bose Sound System, Trip Computer, Radio/CD Player, Phone Option, Automatic Lights, Cruise Control, Dual Climate, Air Conditioning, Parking Sensors, Alloy Wheels, Front Fog Lights, Xenon Headlights, Front and Side Airbags, Immobliser, 2 Seats, Sold With 12 Months MOT and 3 Months Warranty, Finance, Part Exchange and Extended Warranties Available, For More Information Please Call 01472 488029 Or 07871 627974. ;;Service History;29/09/2005 G Blackhurst 3,671 Miles;15/05/2007 Manchester Mercedes 13,429 Miles;09/04/2011 Mercedes Benz 34,931 Miles;30/04/2014 Forest Motors 51,132 Miles;

    • Mileage: 62000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.724
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £135,995 £135,995

    Variant name:190 SL ,Derivative:W121 ,Variant: 190 SL We are privileged to have this Mercedes SL 190 for sale with an outstanding heritage, she has spent 52 years in the USA and then personally owned by our company MD for the last 5 years where she has been kept in a temperature controlled garage and has only been brought out for very special occasions like his wedding. This clearly shows in her condition, she has never been restored and is in totally original condition. From what we can work out she has had some light work carried out in the 1980s when she was entered into the 'Club of America' Concourse d Elegance. It's becoming very hard to find classic cars that have not been fully restored and the true history taken away from them. Finished in white with blue leather and a blue hood are sl190 sits and looks like a piece of art, her bodywork is un-marked, the chrome work is in fabulous condition and runs like a dream, she has the upgraded carburetor, conversion that Mercedes carried out from new to increase the horsepower. We also still have the original air box. The fabulous looking dashboard is in outstanding condition with all the equipment still working the hood operates like it was fresh out of the factory and is in great condition. The whitewall tires, to the chrome catches & door handles, plus the wide rear wheel arches to the sculptured curved chrome bumpers all are all in a totally original state and completely complement the car in fact she is a piece of art on wheels. She is presently showing 4300 miles, as I am sure you can appreciate we cannot verify this mileage to be precise due the age of the vehicle. She comes complete with the original owner’s manual and documents we have the original sales brochure workshop manual and other period documents that has been gracefully collected over the years and kept. We can keep going on but seeing is believing do not miss out on a fantastic opportunity, as some would say better the money in the bank or investment.

    • Year: 1959
    • Mileage: 4300 mi
    • Engine size: 1.9
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  • 165 - 1985 Ford Escort GL


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

    • Year: 2016
    For sale
  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £10,495 £10,495

    Satellite Navigation, Full Leather, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Central Locking, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, 19'' Alloys, Service history SUPERB MERCEDES SL500 AUTOMATIC CONVERTIBLE FINISHED IN BLACK WITH FULL LEATHER, AIR CON, CRUISE, PARKING SENSORS, POWER HARD ROOF, CD, E/WINDOWS, C/LOCKS, ABS, 19'' ALLOYS PLUS MORE BEAUTIFUL.

    • Mileage: 68381 mi
    • Engine size: 4966
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £9,990 £9,990

    Obsidian black, Full sahara cream leather, COMAND including wide screen SAT NAV, Xenon headlights, Driver and passenger heated seats, Driver and passenger fully electric seats both with memory, 6 disc multi play CD, Climate control, Cruise control, Electric folding exterior mirrors, 18'' 5 spoke alloy wheels, Fully automatic power hood, Wind deflector, 2 private owners from new (the first owner had this car for 12 years), Only 74,000 miles, Full service history, 8 stamps in the service book, 2 keys, 1 year MOT, Comprehensive 3 year warranty available, EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION THROUGHOUT

    • Mileage: 74000 mi
    • Engine size: 3724
    For sale

    £5,995 £5,995

    This is possibly the most pristine 500SL R129 youll find. Its finished in brilliant white with black leather seats. Its completely unmarked all the way round. Ive owned it for around 12 months now and have the time of my life every time i take it out however that is sadly not very often, so its up for sale! I have some of the old MOT's. I have the old MOt's and some photos of when some of the panels were taken off for a partial restoration. I believe the vehicle was originally supplied to the UK then shipped out to Dubai where is was owned for some years hence the lack of service hsitory as such. This would have been done over there. Id say its one of the only white examples in this condition in the country. Comes complete with hardtop which also unmarked and recently re-trimmed. It really is outstanding. Starts runs and drives impeccably and is super quick! Any viewing/ inspection welcomed.

    • Mileage: 144000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.976
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  • 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL 320


    - Finished in Grey, Black leather interior with both hard and soft tops - 123,332 recoded miles and a current MOT into May 2017 - 5 previous keepers and offered with a large collection of invoices and old MOT's

    • Year: 1996
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  • 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG


    The Mercedes-Benz R129 models were produced from 1989 - 2001 and were sold under the SL-Class model name before being replaced by the R230 in 2001. The R129 was based on the shortened floorpan of the Mercedes-Benz W124 saloon and featured many innovative details for the time. The fifth generation of the legendary SL series of two door convertible sports cars featured a fully retractable hardtop that was marketed as the Vario Roof; a first for the SL class, although it had been available on the smaller SLK model since 1997. The flagship models were built by AMG in the form of the SL55 (a highly tuned version of the SL500) with each engine individually hand assembled and signed by the technician. Presented in brilliant metallic silver paintwork with an exclusive graphite leather interior, this AMG-powered SL 55 has undoubtedly been cared for throughout its life. The folding panoramic roof benefits from a Designo Anthracite alcantara lining and the alloy wheels are the non-standard, factory 18" multi-spoke items. Other factory specifications include Parktronic parking system, a command and control display system, heated and ventilated comfort seating, a heated windscreen washer system

    • Year: 2016
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL Class

    £35,000 £35,000

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

    • Mileage: 21894 mi
    • Engine size: 3498
    For sale
  • 1999 Mercedes Sl 320 Auto Auto


    Very Well Looked After, Hard Top, Service History, Alloy Wheels, Full Leather Interior, Cruise Control, ABS, Traction Control, Climate Control, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking, Open 6 Days A Week (Sundays and Bank Holidays by appointment), Full Workshop And Diagnostic Facilities, Part Exchange Up Or Down, Anything Considered, Warranty Included, Competitive Finance Options. Vehicles Purchased.

    • Year: 1999
    • Mileage: 116000 mi
    For sale
  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £51,995 £51,995

    Variant name:SL500 AMG SPORT ,Derivative:R231 ,Variant: SL500 AMG Sport Auto Finished in Designo Diamond white metallic, full black perforated leather interior with contrast silver piping OPTIONAL FEATURES FITTED TO THIS CAR AMG Sports Package to include 19" AMG 7-twin spoke design alloy wheels, sports suspension, AMG bodystyling and painted brake calipers in grey. Panoramic glass Vario-Roof with blind Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround-sound system Comfort ventilated front seats Electric wind deflector Closing aid for doors Designo white metallic Airscarf heating Reversing camera with guidance lines Ambient lighting Analogue clock Cup holder STANDARD FEATURES Comand system online to include satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, Mercedes apps, internet preparation and DVD player Automatic Bi Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights DAB radio Mercedes universal audio interface Heated seats Electric adjustable seats with driver and passenger memory Speedtronic cruise control Tyre pressure monitoring Electric folding exterior mirrors This stunning roadster is offered in excellent condition and has covered only 4600 miles from new. Car comes with the balance of Mercedes's manufacturer warranty until October 2017.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 4600 mi
    • Engine size: 4.7
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  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £12,000 £12,000

    Alpaca Grey Leather, Bird's Eye Walnut Inlays, Power Vario Hood, Keyless Entry & Go, Command, Sat Navigation, Multiple Airbags, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Powered Folding Mirrors, Elec Memory Seats, Heated Seats, Electric steering column, Auto-dip Rearview, Multi-function Steering Wheel, On Board Computer, Front Centre Armrest, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Auto Headlights, Headlamp Jetwash, Parktronic, ABC Active Body Ctrl, 18'' Alloys, Wind Deflector, Factory Alarm, Factory Audio, Full service history Exceptional Example, Low Mileage SL500, Previously Supplied by Ourselves. 12 Months Premium Warranty Included. Low Rate Finance Available.

    • Mileage: 47000 mi
    • Engine size: 4966
    For sale
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