Wed, 22nd Nov 2006 0:00

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  Lot 31
Lot 31 - 1995 Mercedes-Benz SL 280

1995 Mercedes-Benz SL 280

Sold for £11,812

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: N781RGB
Chassis No: WDB1290582F121829
Mot Expiry: Sept 2007

Unveiled at the March 1989 Geneva Motor Show, the new Mercedes-Benz R129-series SL range was beautifully engineered. Based around a two-door monocoque bodyshell, its sophisticated all-round independent suspension (double-wishbone front / five-link rear) was augmented by a host of active and passive safety features including: electronic stability control, ventilated ABS disc brakes, adaptive-damping shock absorbers, front airbags and an integral rollover bar that deployed in less than a third of a second (if the car ever sensed an impending flip). Suitably cosseting, the convertible's impeccably built cabin was protected by a fully automated power hood and featured such niceties as memory seats, electric windows / mirrors and an adjustable steering column. Yet lurking beneath all the luxury and refinement was a performance orientated sports car. Reputed to develop some 190bhp and 199lbft of torque thanks to a 2799cc DOHC straight-six, the SL 280 was notably more fuel efficient than its siblings (despite the claimed ability to sprint from 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds and onto 140mph).
Finished in Tourmaline Green with cream leather upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "excellent" condition with regard to its 2799cc engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres. Said to show "eight Mercedes stamps in the book" and to have covered a mere 74,000 miles from new, 'N781 RGB' is further understood to benefit from rear child seats and cruise control. Summed up by the seller as "the best available today" (a claim which prospective purchasers are asked to verify for themselves), this smart Mercedes is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until September 2007 and road tax until January 2007.

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