1997 Mercedes-Benz SL60 AMG

(Photos provided by seller) 

Highlights 


• Subject to the full AMG treatment with both cosmetic and mechanical enhancements a plenty
• An absolute AMG hero car with an original retail price in excess of £110,000
• A quoted output of 385bhp but many independently tested at over 400bhp


The Background


The Mercedes-Benz SL60 AMG is a factory endorsed AMG model that sat close to the top of the R129 range. It is fitted with a 6-litre V8 engine that develops 375bhp, enough to propel it to an artificially limited top speed of 155mph and 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. According to Mercedes Benz, at least.

The story goes that Mercedes-Benz didn’t want its “in-house” V12 flagship SL model undermined by an AMG car so insisted that the SL60’s power must be lower than the factory car’s 389bhp. AMG is said to have agreed, and then gone ahead and done exactly what it had planned all along because rumours persist that the AMG SL60 boasts around 410bhp and 428 lb/ft of torque, in reality.

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The History


The current owner, none other than Rugby Union hero Kyran Bracken, purchased this car from the previous owner in 2007. The previous owner used the car for a number of European road trips.

The car currently resides in Jersey and is used by Mr bracken when he visits his family on the island. Consequently, the milage has remained admirably low for a 24 year old car, averaging just 2,000 miles or so each year of its life.

It is only lack of use, since the onset of Covid and associated restrictions, that now prompts the owner to look for a new, appreciative home for this rare beauty.

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The Paperwork


There is a solid level of paperwork accompanying this car. It has always been rigorously serviced throughout its life and has a fully dealer stamped service book together with a sheaf of invoices for sundry, associated maintenance. 

The Interior


As our photographic package attests, this car features an unmarked “black on black” leather interior which is very much of the period and ready to be enjoyed by the new owner.

As you would expect from a car with an original price in excess of £100K, this car boasts every convenience and refinement. These include electric eats, 5-speed auto gearbox, air conditioning, multiple airbags and cruise control.


The Exterior


Resplendent in metallic silver original paintwork, the exterior of this iconic sports car presents very well indeed. The subtle AMG flat faced, split-rim alloy wheels appear to be in great condition with an absence of kerb-rash, dings or dents. All glass appears to be un-chipped and lacking any signs of fogging, discoloration or delamination.

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The Mechanics


The fabulous AMG-tuned 32-valve six-litre V8 engine behemoth of an engine is surely the beating heart of the SL60 AMG. Consequently, the car has always enjoyed Mercedes Benz official servicing at the prescribed intervals as well as prompt attention to any incidental maintenance that has been required. It comes as no surprise, then, that the current owner attests to all mechanical systems of the work working faultlessly and, even, with drama when called upon!

The car was last serviced in 2018 so the car will receive an interim Mercedes Benz service before passing over to its lucky new owner.


The Appeal


The appeal of this car is such that it enjoyed a host of well-known owners right from launch in 1993. These included owners as diverse as Lennox Lewis, Sir Christopher Evans OBE and the Sultan of Brunei. It is no surprise, then, that this car is the car of choice for Kyran Bracken to enjoy during his time in Jersey. 

These well-known owners will no doubt have been attracted to the car by its combination of rarity, style, engineering integrity and raw power. Quite a combination and one found in just a vanishingly small number of cars.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1997
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 53,000 Miles
  • Engine size 6000
  • Town Jersey
  • Location International
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
23 bids
  • EH £32,250 05/12/21
  • fourfou•••• £32,000 05/12/21
  • EH £31,300 05/12/21
  • fourfou•••• £31,000 05/12/21
  • adrian-•••• £30,000 05/12/21
  • mark-hi•••• £29,250 05/12/21
  • Davek1 £29,000 03/12/21
  • perform•••• £28,000 02/12/21
  • EH £27,000 02/12/21
  • Davek1 £26,250 01/12/21

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