Lot 18 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Registration No: N5 MJK
Chassis No: WDB1290582F127775
Mot Expiry: June 2013
The fourth generation (R129 Series) of Mercedes-Benz's iconic SL models was launched at the Geneva Motorshow 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 and a five link system at the rear), adaptive damping, ventilated disc brakes with ABS, electronic stability control, integral roll-over bar and front air bags. A total of 213,089 R129s are understood to have been manufactured before the model was superseded by the R230 in 2001.
The right-hand drive R129 model on offer is an SL280 that's finished in Silver matched with Grey leather upholstery, and Blue electrically-operated mohair hood. The vendor views the bodywork and interior trim as "excellent" and the paintwork, engine and automatic transmission as "very good". The car comes complete with "full Mercedes-Benz dealer service history (2,779, 15,000, 22,000, 28,000, 33,000, 35,000, 37,900 - the last of which was carried out on May 16th this year)", factory supplied hard top, wind deflector, a selection of bills, three keys, 10 old MOTs and one valid until June 12th 2013. The odometer currently displays a total of 39,000 miles - a figure that would appear to be borne out by the car's extensive service history.