Wed, 10th Jun 2009 13:15

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 31

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Estimated at £5,000 - £6,000

Lot details
Registration No: K623BOH
Chassis No: WDB129602F067071
Mot Expiry: June 2010

Faster, harder-edged and more driver-orientated than its R107 predecessor, the Mercedes-Benz R129-series SL was launched at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show. Brimful of cutting-edge technology, its impressively rigid two-door monocoque bodyshell featured an integral roll over bar that deployed in less than a third of a second (if the car ever sensed an impending flip) and a fully automatic convertible roof. Known for its sure-footed handling, the R129 utilised all-round independent suspension, ABS brakes and power assisted steering. Propelled by a variety of six- and eight-cylinder engines all allied to automatic transmission, it was the sportscar of choice for many contemporary F1 drivers. Reputed to develop some 188bhp and 192lbft of torque courtesy of its 2960cc SOHC straight-six, the 300 SL was a paragon of refinement (despite its claimed ability to sprint from 0-60mph in 9.0 seconds and onto 142mph).

Finished in white with cranberry leather upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "good" condition with regard to its engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork. Riding on AMG alloy wheels and sporting an AMG exhaust system, 'K623 BOH' is said to be "a superb vehicle to drive". Apparently able to boast a "full service history" plus "lots of invoices and old MOTs", this tempting 300 SL is also accompanied by two keys and a MOT certificate valid until February 2010.

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