This SL500 is a very desirable example of the R129 series. An eight-cylinder car with just 31k miles from new, excellent history, perfect colours and a panoramic hard top.
First registered in September 1997, this is, for many, the most desirable year of R129 500 as it retains the early, more powerful M119 engine but benefits from the later, considerably more flexible, 722.6 electronically controlled five-speed automatic. It is the most potent of the 500s.
First supplied by Mercedes dealer Derwent Vehicles of Leeds, the 500 was well equipped with memory seats, half-wood steering wheel and the desirable panoramic hard top. It was finished in arguably one of the best combinations, Azurite Blue with Mushroom leather.
This SL has covered just 31k miles from new with a Full Service History, comprising predominantly of its supplying main dealer and one specialist.
It was last serviced in March of this year – a ‘B Service’ including gearbox fluid and filter change, brake fluid and coolant change.
The MoT history also confirms the very low mileage and shows it has never failed or even had an advisory.
Clear HPI Certificate showing a total of four owners from new.
In terms of condition, the car is exceptional. The paintwork is unmarked throughout with zero corrosion. The panoramic roof is perfect. The wheels are without blemish and wearing matching Continental tyres all round. The interior is beautiful, as the photos show, commensurate with the car’s low mileage. Original MB stereo with factory over mats.
The hood is original and unmarked.
Similarly, the driving experience confirms what a well looked after car this is – tight and crisp in line with its mileage and with the prodigious power that makes these 500s such a fabulous GT car.
It isn’t often that you find a car that ticks so many boxes – the perfect engine, specification, colours and mileage. Quite simply, a superb car all round.
241 – Left electrically adjustable seat with memory
242 – Right electrically adjustable seat with memory
249 – Automatically dipping inside rear view mirror
289 – Wood/leather steering wheel (390mm) with leather gear shift
340 – Additional third stop lamp
415 – Panoramic glass roof
501 – Outside mirrors left/right with memory
565 – Rear seats
600 – Headlamp wash/wipe
740 – Black folding roof