A beautiful R129 SL320 finished in the attractive combination of Tourmaline Green with contrasting Mushroom leather interior. It has covered just 91k miles backed up by a very good service history.
This SL was built in late 1996, which means it has the straight six engine, but has the later electronically controlled five-speed automatic gearbox, improved climate control and, importantly, revised wiring that does not degrade unlike the late ’92 to early ’96 cars.
First registered in the UK in mid 1997, the SL has had six former keepers. Since 2014 it has been owned by Martin Buckley, writer for Classic & Sportscar and Mercedes Enthusiast amongst others, and this car has regularly been featured in the ‘Running Report’ section of Mercedes Enthusiast magazine.
By this stage in the SL’s production cycle they were well equipped from the factory with leather trim, climate control, cruise control, electric seats and electric windows. In addition, this car is equipped with rear seats, headlamp wash/wipe and eight-hole alloys.
The car comes with all original books and manuals, a very comprehensive service history detailed in the service book and a folder of supporting bills and invoices. Importantly it has two remote keys and a clear HPI certificate.
As the photographs depict, the condition of the car is very good indeed – excellent paintwork that’s free from marks or scratches, unmarked refurbished wheels wearing recent matching Pirelli tyres all round. The interior is in excellent condition with original over-mats and unfaded glossy woodwork. Everything works including the air conditioning. The factory hard top comes with the car and the power hood works as it should. There are a few minor areas of wear to the original hood (no holes), so the next owner might decide to replace it in the next few years but it’s not urgent.
Overall this is a very clean, tidy, well looked after, desirable year SL320 in a lovely colour scheme, with low mileage for its year with a great provenance. Ready to use and enjoy, this SL would make a great everyday car or a treat for the weekends. Absolutely tremendous value for money.
260 – Elimination of model designation on rear lid
515 – Radio MB Classic
551 – Anti-theft warning system
565 – Rear seats
600 – Headlamp wash/wipe
652 – Eight-hole alloy rims
740 – Black fabric folding roof