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A graceful Mercedes-Benz 280SL R129 with full Mercedes Main Dealer history.
Automatic roll-over bar, electric soft top, detachable coupe roof, remote central locking, halogen fog lamps, heated electric door mirrors, eccentric sweep wipers, head lamps wash/wipe, electrically adjustable seats including headrest, dual zone heating and ventilation, outside temperature gauge, illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding armrest, front occupant airbags, economy gauge, oil pressure gauge, warning triangle. Factory options; Leather seat trim, rear child seats, wind deflector, seat heaters. Dealer options; 10 CD changer.
This elegant, cherished Mercedes-Benz SL is finished in stunning two tone Polar White (Code 149) and Arctic White (code 143), the original factory colour scheme. The uniform paintwork has an incredible bright finish owing to long term cossetted ownership and strict garage storage. All panels are free from damage with only miniscule imperfections visible upon close scrutiny, utterly insignificant. The factory Dark Blue soft-top (code 744) is perfect with clear unmarked screens and the Polar White hardtop is easy to remove/refit. An exemplary example of the model that affirmed the maker’s repute for engineering excellence.
High quality materials and first class workmanship can be felt in every feature from the multi-contoured seats finished in optional Blue leather, (Code 272), to the seamless operation of the electric roof. The driver’s seat although fully intact with no rips is showing slight ageing and usage markings to the base. The immaculate carpets have been protected from new by Mercedes-Benz floor mats and the inner lining to both the hood and hard top are perfect. All controls and functions are fully operational and the switchgear feels brand new. Factory specified with rear child seats and seat belts for small people only! Ergonomically excellent and the ultimate grand tourer.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The six cylinder M104 2799cc engine has four valves per cylinder with twin overhead camshafts producing 193bhp and 270Nm of torque. A top speed of 140mph and 0-60 in 9.9 seconds is quoted. The spotless and unaltered engine bay displays factory plates and stickers. The smoothness and refinement is glorious and suits leisurely and enthusiastic driving alike with both sport and economy transmission modes. The five speed optimised automatic transmission adapts to the driver and is seamless.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Cast light-alloy wheels in eight-hole design are virtually unmarked with no curb damage and have perfect genuine Mercedes centre caps. Matching Michelin Pilot Primacy 225/55 R16 are fitted all round and have excellent tread remaining. The full size spare wheel is housed neatly in the boot area alongside the Mercedes first aid kit, tool roll and warning triangle. The standard ABS system with fixed calliper disc brakes front and rear offers reassuring stopping power.
Supplied new on the 25th April 1995 by Mercedes-Benz Main Dealer, Robinsons Autostar of Norwich, just three keepers from new with the previous owning the car since it was just three years old. Purchased by them in 1999 through the Mercedes-Benz ‘Signature’ used car scheme, the price paid was £32,250. The mileage of 99,456 is fully verified in the colossal history file with complete documented Main Dealer servicing throughout. The original service booklet contains 22 Mercedes-Benz dealer stamps, one for every year from the first to present with supplying dealer up to 2010 and Mercedes-Benz of Kings Lynn thereafter. Furthermore, a huge collection of supporting invoices leave in no doubt the incredible upkeep this treasured example has enjoyed with the most recent entry being in 2016 with less than 1,000 miles covered since. Every MOT from the initial to present is also present.
Completing the history file is the dealer supplied leather wallet and book packs, three original keys and even the supplying dealer tax disc holder. An amazing history file befitting of a truly special and cherished R129 SL, firmly a modern classic and fast becoming highly collectable.
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