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.
Panoramic hard top, Black Mohair electric soft top, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Electric and Heated seats, Electric Mirrors and Windows, Automatic Roll-Bar, Mercedes Stereo/Cassette player with Electric aerial, Driver & Passenger air bags
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 an exceptionally rare Panoramic hardtop, the sense of open top motoring can still be achieved whatever the weather! 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.
The grey leather seats are clean and show no wear or any sagging to the bolsters whilst the 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.
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 six cylinder 3.2l V6 engine has four valves per cylinder with twin overhead camshafts producing 221bhp. The smoothness and refinement is glorious, suiting both eager and leisurely outings alike.
The engine bay presents immaculately, and having been routinely serviced throughout its history the car reacts perfectly upon cold start and throughout it’s warming cycle.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The staggered AMG monoblock 18-inch wheels show in impeccable condition with no marks or scratches to report. Matching Pirelli P Zero rubber to all four corners show excellent tread depth.
This SL’s pads and discs show plenty of life with the model equipped with Mercedes brake assist system – proven to reduce stopping distances
First registered in the summer of 1999, this Silver Arrow has a superb service record with 10 stamps in the book.
With only 3 previous owners the car has always enjoyed consistent care on a regular basis; presentation and performance are excellent.
The original book pack and spare keys sit alongside an MB Certificate of Confromity whilst 12 months MOT will be supplied upon sale.
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