1993 Mercedes SL300 (R129)

MAKEMercedes
MODELSL300 (R129)
REGISTRATIONK698 JWF
ENGINE SIZE2960
TRANSMISSIONAutomatic
MILEAGE161,000
MOT EXPIRY DATE31/10/2023
CURRENT V5
COLOURMercedes Blue Black
INTERIORGrey Leather

1993 Mercedes SL300 (R129)

  • With Hard top and stand
  • Extensive docs pack
  • MOT’d to October 2023
  • New battery
  • Complete new exhaust fitted
  • Alarmed
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Description

  • With Hard top and stand
  • Extensive docs pack
  • MOT’d to October 2023
  • New battery
  • Complete new exhaust fitted
  • Alarmed

The classic Mercedes SL family needs no introduction. Timeless, elegant, classic grand tourers.

The R129 model began in 1989 as the previous boxier, squarer R107 SL ended. It was a massive step forward from the classic R107. The result was an immediate success.

Standing the test of time, today the Mercedes SL300 is a natural choice for those looking for a superbly engineered, reliable, open-topped grand tourer. It also has that special but indefinable factor that very few classic cars have.

History and paperwork

  • Documented service history
  • In the last 12 years it has averaged 1,600 miles a year
  • Recently serviced

Owned by our vendor since 2011 and used as a weekend car the time has sadly arrived to let someone else enjoy this wonderful convertible.  Original purchased from a colleague within our vendor’s shooting club, our vendor has spent 12 years enjoying the roof down experience that these Mercedes SL300s deliver.

Supplied with the hard top, which has been on a stand in the garage since it’s purchase, plus two sets of keys and a large list of previous receipts and MOTs with the most recent expiring in October 2023. A quick MOT history check shows a very impressive history with no signs of the dreaded body rust appearing as advisories or failures.  Very impressive for a 30-year-old car.

Inside

The interior is typical Mercedes quality, function and fit. And very luxurious it is too.

Other than the usual wear that is normal on the driver’s seat bolster, the whole interior is in good shape.

The distinctive signs of long-term good ownership are there – for example the genuine Mercedes floor mats – as opposed to Halfords ones at a tenth of the price.

This SL300 is well spec’d.

  • Cruise control
  • Electrically adjustable heated seats
  • Wood trim
  • Original Mercedes radio
  • The dash is damage free

All the door trims, carpet and switchgear are in good condition and work as they should, although just before the time of this write up, it was noticed that the electrics on the passenger seat had failed, although this is expected to be a fuse, that cannot be confirmed.

Outside

The classic Mercedes SL coachwork is remarkably straight although as expected there are a couple of minor blemishes to the Bluish black paintwork.  A keen eye will spot a very minor bubble under the paint on the driver’s side front wing, and a small number of car park dents here and there.  There are also a couple of areas to the plastic door trim and sills where the lacquer has peeled but a small amount of attention will put them right.

Being supplied with a decent hard top, which are pretty hard to find and will usually set you back the best part of a grand, our vendor has even made a stand for it.  The convertible roof is showing no rips or tears and has recently had the window section replaced by his local trim and roof specialist.

The five original Mercedes alloy wheels are in great condition and were refurbished back in 2020 with new tyres fitted at the same time.

Engine and Mechanical

The Mercedes SL300 was a major success when it was launched.  Some points to note about this lovely example:

  • Comes with an extensive history file
  • A new battery has been recently fitted
  • A new exhaust was fitted less than 2k miles ago
  • Distributor cap, rotor and coil fitted
  • This car has clearly been well looked after

The MOT history is a testament to that. Nearly all of the tests were passed first time. The few failures listed with the only failure in the last ten years being a track rod end with movement this was replaced immediately.

You could argue that these Mercs were the last of the “Over Engineered” Mercedes and it shows as this example, even with 161k mileage really does drive “like a dream” with no unusual knocks, squeaks or rattles.

Bottom line

This is a lovely car. It looks right. Drives right. The Mercedes SL300 is very sought after. It doesn’t guzzle fuel like the monstrously powerful V8’s, but equally it is no slouch.

Most of all, they are a fabulous amount of car – these were £65k new, with a three-year waiting list – and are stonking good value. We don’t think that will last long. But while it does, take advantage and grab a lovely example of this timeless classic.

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Vehicle Location: Rainham, Essex RM13 – it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
p***o £3,000.00 2023-01-13 18:17:53
Start auction £500.00 12/01/2023 12:00 AM

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