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.
Air conditioning/Climate control, Heated/Electric mirrors, Cruise control, Electric heated memory seats, Electric windows, Traction control, Electronic stability control, Cruise control, Front headlamp wipers, First-aid kit.
This Blauschwarz SL500 has been generously protected from the elements over the years; retaining original paintwork from new in outstanding all round condition. Careful in-house preparation, as well as meticulous specialist work on the undercarriage and moving parts, has brought the very best out of this time warp R129. All of the trim is in excellent condition with no marks or fading whatsoever – A first class example.
Fitted with both a removable hard top and electronic soft top, complimented by a new hood ram, this SL can comfortably be considered for use all year round.
Quite simply there is little to distinguish this interior space from a new example available in 1994. The nappa leather is of the highest quality and the seats remain in as new condition; free from any marks or wear to the bolsters. The dash and door cards are first class with wood veneer showing a perfect lacquered finish throughout whilst steering wheel, switch gear and gear knob still exhibit a matte appearance.
This SL is fully specified and everything works with the perfect precision that you get from this era of Mercedes Benz; a real credit to their incredible engineering skills.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The robust V8 engine is in fine fettle having always enjoyed a regular service routine despite it’s minimal mileage.
The 5 speed autobox is well matched – the longer gearing suiting the torque characteristics of the V8 and whilst refinement is top of the agenda with excellent ride and road manners, the car does have plenty of poke on demand.
As one can see from the images all fixtures and fittings have been exceptionally well preserved.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard alloys are in immaculate condition and shod with the original Michelin tyres as fitted from factory and shown on the original build sheet.
Wheel arches, brakes and associated suspension components exhibit an exemplary finish with all parts vapor blasted, cleaned or replaced where necessary.
Suffice to say on test the brakes maintain excellent bite and feel, working exactly as they should.
PDI’d in Japan on 28th April 1994, this V8 has pleasingly had 4 recorded services at 3,903, 4,099, 4,162 and 4,243kms.
Upon arrival to the UK the car was sent straight to marque specialist Edward Hall. It is quite evident the remit with Hall was to strive for mechanical and cosmetic perfection. The invoice, present for over £8k, lists countless screws, nuts and washers as well as notable work to the cooling system, suspension and brakes. The quality of this sensitive overhaul can be seen by a stunning set of images confirming the underside is as clean as the top.
The original book pack is complete with original service book, all invoices for work carried out whilst in Japan as well as the original unopened tool roll and spare keys. Even the original remote control for the radio sits in its original box in the file! Registered in the UK with all taxes paid.
It is of little doubt that this is the finest R129 available on the market today.
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