1992 Mercedes-Benz SL

600

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1992
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    WDB1290762F077160
  • Engine number 
    12098122001938
  • Lot number 
    19
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Midnight Blue
  • Interior brand colour 
    Black
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

DESCRIPTION
Ever since the launch of the legendary 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ in 1954, the Sport Leicht series has served as Mercedes-Benz’s flagship sports car, from the fabulous ‘Pagodas’ of the 1960s to the long-running W107 range of the 1970s and 1980s. The fourth-generation SL, dubbed the R129 in Stuttgart’s coding system, was unveiled to a rapturous reception at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show, combining fresh, aerodynamic styling with high-tech luxury and safety features. Developed and tested with typical Germanic thoroughness, a major feature of the new SL was the innovative new automatic roll bar, activated in a split second in the event of a rollover and one of the first seen on any passenger car. The folding roof was powered by an electro-hydraulic system for the first time, activated at the touch of a button and taking just 30 seconds to raise or lower, while every SL was supplied with a removable aluminum hardtop, complete with heated rear glass. The R129’s suspension was all-new, combining a sophisticated five-arm multi-link set-up at the rear with an Adaptive Damping System, while ABS was now standard on both models. The interior was suitably well appointed, with standard luxury features like leather upholstery, airbags, electric seats, automatic climate control and a Bose sound system, along with electric windows and even a wind deflector. The R129 SL line-up initially consisted of two models, the six-cylinder 300SL and V8 500SL, but these were joined by the range-topping 600 powered by a new M120 V12 engine from July 1992. With a massive 389 bhp on tap from the all-alloy DOHC V12, the 600SL certainly packed a serious punch, recording a 0-60 mph time of just 5.9 seconds on the way to a top speed limited to 155 mph. The only transmission available was a driver-adaptive electronically controlled five-speed automatic that perfectly suited the effortless nature of the V12 engine. As a sophisticated sports roadster, the R129 SL represents excellent value and these early cars also have the advantage of the superb build quality Daimler Benz was renowned for, something lost on cars built later in the 1990s. The 600SL was always fiendishly expensive in Australia when new, with an eye watering list price of $351,705 in 1994 (the equivalent of two new houses in Sydney) ensuring the model's exclusivity here.

HISTORY
- The ultimate R129 sports roadster
- Fastidiously maintained, Australian delivered car
- Supplied with full books and both tops

Reportedly the first of just 13 original series 600SLs delivered new to Australia, this spectacular example was built in November 1992 and first registered to a doctor in South Australia through local agents BEA Mercedes of Adelaide the following April. The car is understood to be perhaps the only 600SL registered here for four passengers and came with optional AMG alloy wheels (adding an additional $8,000 to the already eye-watering list price). Finished in the original subtle Midnight Blue colour with contrasting rich black leather upholstery, the service book has been stamped correctly all the way to 100,000 kms and the car has now travelled just 104,570 kms in total, the condition entirely consistent with the mileage. The car ended up in Queensland before passing to the current Sydney owner, a Mercedes-Benz club member and enthusiast, approximately five years ago and is thought to have enjoyed just four owners in total. Maintained without regard to expense in the current owner’s hands, major recent work has included rebuilding the roof hydraulics, overhauling the automatic transmission and installing new brake discs and pads. Otherwise, the car has needed only routine oil changes and has fresh Continental rubber all round. Being sold to make way for a new AMG, this fabulous 600SL must be one of the finest examples in the country and will make a wonderful club car or weekend cruiser for the fortunate new owner. Supplied with books contained in a leather wallet, receipts and an original sales brochure and literature, the car comes with both sets of keys still in the original box. Offered for sale currently on full NSW registration to March 2019.

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