Lot details Registration No: N38 MGA Chassis No: WDB1290582F129200 Mot Expiry: May 2012
Mercedes have been producing an SL (Sport Leicht) model or range of models since 1954, when the landmark 300SL was unveiled. The 190 followed in 1955, completing the first generation of cars. The second generation SL began with the 230 of 1963. It was distinguished by its lower waistline, big curved screens and a distinctive optional hardtop that earned the model its nickname of 'Pagoda top'. Over its nine years of production, the second generation SL's engine grew in capacity from 2.3 litres (230SL) to 2.5 litres (250SL) and finally 2.8 litres (280SL). The larger, third generation SL was launched in 1971, initially with just a 3.5-litre engine (350SL) mated to four-speed automatic transmission. The car featured a two-door monocoque bodyshell with independent suspension all round - double wishbone and coil springs at the front and semi-trailing arms and coil springs at the rear. The power assisted steering was Daimler-Benz's own recirculating ball system. Braking was by discs - ventilated on the front. The range grew to two models when the 4.5 litre (450SL) derivative arrived the following year and to three when the 2.8 litre (280SL) appeared in mainland Europe in 1974. The latter became available in the UK from October 1980 and remained in production until 1985, when it was replaced by the 300SL. The fourth generation (R129 Series) was launched at the Geneva Motor Show of 1989. It was a beautifully-engineered car 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.
The SL 280 on offer is a 1995 example equipped with automatic transmission. It has striking Black coachwork allied to a Black leather interior. The vendor considers the bodywork, paintwork, trim, engine and transmission to all be in "good" condition and the big Mercedes is being sold complete with chrome AMG alloy wheels and some service history (seven stamps). 'N38 MGA' was last serviced at 122,400 miles and now indicates 123,000. It is MOT'd into May 2012. A fine looking specimen which, suitably maintained, should run for years to come.