An immaculate example of this phenomenal sports car with just 43k miles from new and a full service history.
AMG’s iteration of the R230 roadster moved the top line SL up from boulevardier par excellence to near supercar status. With nearly 500bhp and 516lb/ft of torque from its 5.4-litre supercharged V8, the dash to 60mph could be performed in the low fours, according to contemporary road testers, and Mercedes claimed that, if the 155mph limiter was lifted, 200mph was possible.
In addition, the car could rapidly change its character from soothing long-distance cruiser (an SL cornerstone), to firm and agile performance car thanks to the capability of the adaptable ABC suspension.
This Tellur Silver/Graphite leather example was sold new by Jacksons of Guernsey in May 2003. In addition to the already exhaustive specification, Distronic (radar cruise control), Parktronic, a mobile phone, Keyless-Go and Linguatronic (voice-activated commands) were added as cost options, bringing the total price to £80,057.40.
In total, the car has had four owners. The first changed the car from his company to himself. Interestingly the second owner has also been the last owner, because this is the second time he has owned this car! Despite selling it some years ago, when he saw the car up for sale again in 2014, he missed it so much he had to have it back.
There is full service history from new, consisting of 9 services, all carried out by Mercedes main dealers and latterly by one ex-Mercedes independent. In addition to the stamps in the book there is a folder of bills detailing the work carried out.
The car has just been serviced in June 2019 at 43,709 miles and has a new MoT with no advisories.
As the photos show the car is in immaculate condition throughout. It has always been garaged and part of a collection of cars. The body is blemish-free, the wheels unmarked and wear matching premium tyres all round. The interior superb and all accessories work as intended.
These tremendous cars offer terrific value at the moment. And this is a very low mileage, beautifully maintained, immaculate example.
219 – Proximity-controlled cruise control
220 – Parktronic system
352 – COMAND
390 – Linguatronic
404 – Multi-contour seat, front left
405 – Multi-contour seat, front right
423 – 5-speed automatic transmission
487 – ABC suspension
500 – Electric folding outside mirror
618 – Bi-Xenon headlamps
673 – High capacity battery
772 – AMG styling package
810 – Premium sound system
819 – CD changer
854 – rear entertainment plus
873 – Heated seats
875 – Heated screen wash system
882 – Sensor system and anti-theft alarm system
889 – Keyless-Go