19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 
Lot 113
 

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL
First owned by Sir Stirling Moss OBE

Sold for £11,250

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: B2 GAM
Chassis No: WDB1290662F067513
MOT: September 2024

  • Ordered new by Sir Stirling Moss OBE and first registered as '7 SM'
  • Special order to Sir Stirling's requirements
  • 89,900 miles, 3 former keepers and current ownership since 2006
  • Letter on file from Sir Stirling confirming it was in his ownership for 4 years
  • Original owner’s wallet, handbook and service book
  • Hand-signed index card autograph from Sir Stirling

Mercedes-Benz has a proud history of celebrating its superstar drivers. Witness the support it has given to the Museo Juan Manuel Fangio or the despatch of what many consider to be the world’s most valuable car – the 1955 Mille Miglia-winning 300SLR – to Westminster Abbey for Sir Stirling Moss’s recent Memorial Service. A rather more affordable ‘Silver Arrow’ but one with an equally strong link to the greatest driver never to win the F1 Championship, chassis 067573 was built to his special order during July 1992. Finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic with Grey leather upholstery, the two-seater also boasted ADS (adaptive suspension), heated / memory seats and climate controlled air-conditioning.

Collected by Sir Stirling from Bremen where its Pre-Delivery Inspection was carried out on 24th July 1992, the 500SL was UK road registered as ‘7 SM’ the following month. Purchased by its second keeper, George Murray, from Graypaul Ferrari of Loughborough for the princely sum of £54,000 in April 1996 at 25,602 miles, he changed the number plate to ‘B2 GAM’. Entering the current (fourth) ownership during February 2006, the Mercedes-Benz retains its original book pack showing twelve main dealer and three specialist service stamps. More recently fettled by Martin Hayes Vehicle Repairs: new distributor caps (2019), cylinder heads overhauled (2020), gearbox oil change (2022) etc, accompanying paperwork includes a letter from Sir Stirling and MOT certificate valid until September 2024.

The fourth generation of Mercedes-Benz’s much-vaunted SL model (the R129 Series) was launched at the Geneva Motor Show of 1989. It was a beautifully engineered motorcar that bristled with technical refinement and innovative safety features. The specification included independent suspension all round (double wishbone at the front/five-link system at the rear), adaptive damping, ventilated disc brakes with ABS, electronic stability control, integral roll-over bar, and front airbags. The SL 500 featured a 5.0 V8 producing 326bhp, with 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. The model featured many innovations, including electronically-controlled damping, an automatically expanding roll-over bar, and a multi-link rear axle. In addition, there was a fully electric package of an electric roof, windows, door mirrors, and seats, making the ownership experience luxurious, stress-free, comfortable, and with easy to operate equipment.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
james.mcwilliam@handh.co.uk
07943 584760

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 19th Jun, 2024

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars held at the iconic and visually stunning Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Venue Details 

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