1997 Mercedes-Benz SL

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1997
  • Mileage 
    78 258 mi / 125 945 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    221
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic

Description

"Launched in 1989, the R129-series continued the SL dynasty from Mercedes-Benz, a 'Sport Lightweight' family which began in 1954 with the legendary 300SL Roadster and 'Gullwing' has survived into its 6th generation with the current R231-series. Traditionally the most sporting model of the MB line-up, the SL was the preserve of the rich and famous when new. From the hypnotic dance of the electric hood mechanism to the rollbar that automatically flips up if the car senses an accident. The SL oozed sophistication with all the latest technology such as adaptive suspension with active damping, airbags, traction control, air conditioning and a superb new five-link rear suspension all as standard.
The Mercedes-Benz SL60 was the short-number production AMG variant SL deemed, at the time, to be the flagship of the range. Its enormously powerful and ultra-smooth six-litre V8 engine delivered ferocious performance which could be enjoyed from the luxury cabin which Mercedes-Benz is renowned for. This example is particularly special being one of just 49 right hand drive cars produced. With just 78,258 miles recorded from new, the condition is very good indeed. Offered in Silver with blue leather trim and genuine AMG exhaust tips this facelift model boasts a new soft top and has refurbished wheels, thus is described by the vendor as an exceptionally clean example. Much expenditure has been carried out with one of the country’s leading specialists, the SL Shop, which is documented in the history file. Costing more than £105,000 when new and delivering close to 410bhp with an (unlimited) top speed of more than 185mph and 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, this is a remarkable piece of engineering excellence. To blend such incredible performance with predictable handling and a sumptuous, electronics-packed, leather-bound cabin is a feat that was only achieved by Mercedes-Benz in the nineties. Now revered as a bonafide 'future classic' we believe this car represents a rare opportunity at today's guide price.
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