Lot 86 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Registration No: J500RTB
Chassis No: WDB1290672F116149
Mot Expiry: Aug 2013
Daimler-Benz has produced an SL (Sport Leicht) model since the mid-1950s, when the landmark 300SL and 190SL were unveiled. The second generation car (W113), was the much loved `Pagoda' roofed design and the third, the much bigger and apparently everlasting R107 Series. The fourth, the R129 Series, was launched at the 1989 Geneva Salon and 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 air bags. Some 213,089 examples were manufactured over the R129's 12-year reign.
The White-coloured right-hand drive SL500 being offered hails from 1995 and features contrasting Black interior trim and hood. It has apparently recently been treated to a £1,800 engine overhaul, and is now felt by the vendor to have "excellent" bodywork, paintwork and V8 engine, good interior trim, automatic transmission and tyres. `J500 RTB' is being sold complete with factory supplied hardtop, Tracker, "full service history (mostly Mercedes-Benz)" and MOT valid until August 2013. The odometer currently registers an unwarranted 165,000 miles. These wonderful cars run and run if properly maintained and are amazing value in today's market.