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.
Black Mohair electric soft top, Colour coded hard 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,
This cherished SL320 is finished in a traditional Brilliant Silver that gleams beautifully all around the car. The paintwork is in fantastic condition and in keeping with the cars age and use, likewise the factory supplied soft-top and colour coded hard top remain in great condition with all electrical functions working as they should.
Lights are clear; crack and moisture free, whilst pillar trims and grille show remarkably well.
The first thing you notice when you enter the cabin is the high-quality materials and first class workmanship used when designing this SL320. The cabin presents virtually as new with very few signs of use, so much so that the cellophane sleeve still remains on the passenger’s seat belt! The contrasting black leather interior is in immaculate condition with no wear to the bolsters whatsoever.
It is evident that this SL320 had benefitted from meticulous care with the sills, carpets and gearbox tunnel all mark free.
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 17’ 5 spoke alloys are blemish free and present faultlessly all round. Wrapped in Continental Sport Contact all four tyres show plenty of tread.
Braking performance is more than capable; bringing the car up quickly with minimal fuss.
Imported from Japan in early 2015, this SL320 has a comprehensive service history showing the following intervals:
10k kms, 14k, 15k, 21k, 30k, 33k, 36k, 40k & 40,800 kms. The most recent service at MotorAid MB Specialist was carried out in April of ’15 at 41,384kms (25,715 miles).
Original owner’s manual and service book are present. It is UK registered and has all import duties paid.
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