1991 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1991
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    WDB1240361B465362
  • Engine number 
    12403-1B-465362
  • Lot number 
    331
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Blue Black Metallic
  • Interior brand colour 
    Black Leather
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Guide price: £50000 - £60000.
- One of just 29 UK-supplied examples, first registered on the 28th March 1991
- Supplied through Bradshaw & Webb, now Mercedes-Benz Chelsea, who have serviced it from new
- First registered to a member of the Vardinogiannis shipping dynasty and subsequently to her daughter
- Detailed history file that includes all the book packs, service book and maintenance invoices
- Meticulously maintained and recently serviced in September 2018 by Mercedes-Benz Chelsea at 35,415 miles
- The ultimate German 'Q-car'. Having lived a cossetted life in Belgravia it is on the open market for the first time.
The ultimate 'wolf in sheep's clothing' of the 1990s, the 500E saloon was built to rival the BMW M5 and was created in close cooperation with Porsche. With its engineering department fully occupied with the development of the new S-Class, Mercedes-Benz commissioned Porsche in 1989 to redesign the W124 chassis to enable the 5.0L V8 from the SL to be shoehorned in, along with the necessary changes to the suspension system and drivetrain. The new stealth saloon offered no visible clues on the outside except for very slightly flared wheel arches, wider tyres and discreet side skirts. 60mph arrived in just 5 seconds and 100mph in just over 14 seconds, remarkable for a car with such 'stately' presence. It was only available as a hand-built, four-door saloon in left-hand drive and the low production numbers rendered it an instant classic.It is believed only twenty-nine orders were placed by British buyers for the 500E, and this example was supplied by Bradshaw & Webb, now Mercedes-Benz Chelsea, to a member of the Vardinogiannis shipping family on the 28th March 1991. The car resided at Upper Grosvenor Street, Belgravia before subsequently being registered to her daughter at their Chester Square address around the corner onThe mileage of 35,550 is fully corroborated by the following service intervals in the book:DateMileage Work Dealer28/03/1991Delivery Pre-delivery Inspection Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea07/05/1991954 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea10/01/19923,989 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea28/01/199312,952 New engine fitted Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea24/03/199313,907 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea21/03/199416,998 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea12/04/199417,829 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea03/11/199423,839 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea24/03/199726,732 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea08/06/199827,651 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea30/03/199928,619 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea19/02/200129,999 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea26/09/200332,070 Service Eaton Square Group, Belgravia15/02/200733,888 Service Eaton Square Group, Belgravia10/02/201134,684 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea21/02/201435,024 Service Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea22/09/201835,415 Service Mercedes-Benz, ChelseaOne of the finest examples on the market with an exceptional provenance, the incredibly detailed history file has reams of Mercedes-Benz invoices, previous MoTs, and all of the book packs. If you are in the market for an Executive Express that is hugely quick but totally refined , this is the car for you.