"Following the resounding success of the R107, the R129 Mercedes-Benz SL had a rather tough act to follow, as it still had to carry on the tradition of a fast and reliable grand touring convertible. The advantage that the designers had with the R129, was technology! By the time the final car rolled off the production line in 1989, these earlier models had been in production for 18 years with very little change. Therefore, the SL 500 featured many new and innovative ideas, such as controlled electronic damping, automatically expanding roll-over bar and a more modern multi link rear axle. In addition to this was a fully operating electric roof, windows, door mirrors and seats, which made this model easy and comfortable to operate. The new SL also had a more powerful engine and the stopping power was aided by anti-locking braking for added reassurance.
This lovely example is presented in Brilliant Silver metallic with Mushroom leather interior. It has air conditioning, electric seats which are also heated and electric windows. Its dark blue hood is electrically operated and the car also comes with its factory hardtop. The present owner purchased this Mercedes-Benz from a dealer in 2009 and there was only one previous owner before him. The maintenance booklet shows that a Pre Delivery Inspection (PDI) was carried out by Mercedes-Benz Diplomatic and Tourist Sales in Piccadilly and with Mercedes-Benz UK dealer stamps. Despite being righthand drive, the car had a kilometre speedometer. The dealer changed this for the present owner upon purchase and he has retained the old unit and the Mercedes-Benz dealer’s invoice showing a final reading of 38,621km, which converts to 23,998 miles! As of August 2019, the present owner has covered a further 6,061 miles which is the speedometer reading, therefore giving a total mileage of 30,059 from new. The present owner has had annual services carried out by specialists and whilst the car is without a catalytic converter, all MoT test certificates should be done non CAT. A hardtop stand which is not Mercedes-Benz is included in the sale and the car has been garaged during this ownership."