Designed and built as a grand tourer the SL was first introduced in 1954. The designation SL derives from the German Sport Lightweight and was first applied to the 300SL Gullwing. The SL model range is still in production today and has spanned five generations of models from 1954 to the present day.
The Mercedes-Benz R129 SL roadsters were produced from 1989 to 2002. The R129 replaced the R107 in 1989 and was in its turn replaced by the R230 SL-Class in 2002 for the 2003 model year. Featuring a shorter wheelbase and updated rear suspension over it predecessor the R107 (third generation SL) the R129 was quick to introduce model updates and featured a large amount of styling, mechanical and technological updates over its 12 year life span. The R129 was produced as a two-door roadster with an automated (electro-hydraulic) textile tonneau cover. All R129s came standard with an detachable hardtop that could fitted by folding the canvas roof down and manually attaching it. The R129 model was also the first convertible/roadster to offer the automatic rollbar deployment in event of rollover. The motorist can also manually raise and lower the rollbar should he choose to. This facilitates the clean look of R129 without compromising the occupant’s safety.
Before its metamorphosis in 1994, the AMG 500SL 6.0 appeared as the first incarnation of the SL60 AMG. However, it is the production before this collaboration that resulted in some distinctive productions and in 1991, while still independent, AMG presented the AMG 500SL 6.0. Until 1993 AMG assembled these machines donning the striking pre-facelift bumpers as well as the prominent three-piece split rims. In terms of the suspension, the changes are owed to subtle tuning and alterations rather than a complete restyling. The 5.0 litre engine is now superseded by a 6.0 litre V8 which was built on site.
In 1994 AMG was aligned with Daimler-Benz of Bremen, revising, adapting and modifying the SL500 roadster to craft the first the SL60 AMG model, M119 6.0 litre V8—which was manufactured until 1998.
Air conditioning/Climate control, Heated/Electric mirrors, Cruise control, Electric heated memory seats, Electric windows, CD player/6 disc auto changer, Removable hardtop convertible roof with glass rear window, Cruise control, Front headlamp wipers, First-aid kit, Spare wheel, Cup holders, Spare key.
Under our showroom lights the deep metallic flake looks sensational on this example, all of the paintwork remains in excellent condition and remains free from any scratches or swirl marks. Every contour and angle of the cars bodywork is perfectly straight, with no evidence of poor repair or unsightly door dinks.
Equipped with a hardtop, the matching silver paintwork is in wonderful condition whilst all of the mechanics to operate the soft top roof work exactly as they should enabling a fast, smooth function after recent hydraulic replacement.
The grey leather seats are clean and show no wear or any sagging to the bolsters whilst the AMG embossed polished wood trim is all umarked with a perfect shine. Built when the engineers were in charge at MB it is no surprise that the centre console gadgets, dash and switch gear is all still working perfectly. A new old stock headlining finishes off an exceptional cabin space.
The carpets are still very clean and are protected with the correct Mercedes over-mats and the boot still houses the original alloy wheel and first-aid kit.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The four-valve M119 V8 – the same as used in the E500 – is more charismatic than the later three-valve M113 that briefly appeared in the non-supercharged R129 SL55 and lived on in later AMGs. As such the SL60 is the most engaging 129-series SL, akin to a convertible muscle car. The 5 speed auto shifts seamlessly thanks to a full transmission overhaul, with subsequent cooling radiator also replaced by an MB Master Tech.
Its top speed was limited to 155mph, but with the limiter removed, it was capable of approximately 185mph. AMG later unofficially conceded that 0 to 60mph was more like 5.0 seconds and the engine produced between 405-410bhp.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The split-rim, six-spoke 18″ alloy wheels help to set this 6.0 apart and look sensational with their highly polished lip. All of the wheels are in excellent shining condition with no lacquer damaged to be found whatsoever. The wheels are shod in Continental tyres at the front and Bridgestone on the rear, all of which have a good amount of tread remaining.
The SL is equipped with Mercedes brake assist system that is proven to reduce stopping distances, with both the front and rear discs and pads replaced in November of 2016.
Registered in April of 1992 and exported to Japan, this 6.0 has enjoyed a routine service schedule as detailed on a raft of service invoices from the Far East.
Upon arrival in the UK the car was sent straight to Mercedes Brentford for a full appraisal. As well as the aforementioned warranted transmission rebuild, work carried out include a new fan clutch, new throttle ECU, new roof hydraulics and a full service as well as new discs and pads all round.
The car is registered in the UK with all taxes paid and is available for immediate viewing.
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