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A desirable Mercedes-Benz 300SL-24 R129 with just 27,227 miles from new.
Automatic roll-over bar, electric soft top, remote infrared central locking, halogen fog lamps, heated electric door mirrors, eccentric sweep wipers, head lamps wash/wipe, electrically adjustable seats including headrest, dual zone heating and ventilation, illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding armrest, economy gauge, oil pressure gauge, warning triangle. Factory options; Leather seat trim, rear child seats, wind deflector, seat heaters.
This elegant and very desirable Mercedes-Benz SL is the 300SL-24 model having covered just 27,227 miles from new. Finished in stunning Arctic White, (Code 147), the paintwork is beautifully presented with a bright pure shine and uniform finish, entirely commensurate with a pampered car of such remarkably low mileage. All panels are free from damage with only light imperfections visible upon close scrutiny, namely a paint blemish to the front offside wing and a light rub to the nearside corner of the front lower bumper. The factory Black soft-top, (Code 740), is superb and fully intact with the original Mercedes clear unmarked screens and just two small marks to the outer fabric. An exemplary example of the model that affirmed the maker’s repute for engineering excellence.
High quality materials and first-class workmanship can be felt in every feature from the multi-contoured seats finished in optional Black leather, (Code 271), to the seamless operation of the electric roof. The driver’s seat although fully intact with no rips is showing slight ageing and usage markings to the outer bolster. The immaculate carpets have been protected from new by Mercedes-Benz floor mats and the inner lining to the hood is perfect. All controls and functions are fully operational with exception of the outside temperature gauge. Factory specified with rear child seats and seat belts for small people only, the rear seats fold down to create additional luggage space and there are two small impressions to the leather where the seatbelt buckles touch. Originality seekers will note the factory fitted Blaupunkt Atlanta SQR47 stereo and service sticker still within the driver’s door shut. Ergonomically excellent and the ultimate grand tourer.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The six-cylinder 2960cc engine has four valves per cylinder with twin overhead camshafts producing 230bhp and 272Nm of torque. A top speed of 146mph and 0-60 in 8.4 seconds is quoted in the manufacturer literature, and this impressive low mileage example feels wonderful to drive. The spotless and unaltered engine bay displays factory build plates and stickers. The four speed torque-converter automatic transmission operates perfectly and suits leisurely and enthusiastic driving alike with both sport and economy transmission modes.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Cast light-alloy wheels in fifteen-hole design are unrestored and show light markings to the outer rims and some delamination. Matching Pirelli Cinturato P7 225/55 R16 were fitted all round in 2016 and have excellent tread remaining. The full size spare wheel remains fitted with the factory supplied Dunlop D40 tyre housed neatly in the boot area alongside the Mercedes tool roll, warning triangle, jack and even the delicate and often destroyed wheel changing instruction card! The standard ABS system with fixed calliper disc brakes front and rear offers reassuring stopping power.
Supplied new on the 17th October 1990 by Mercedes-Benz Main Dealer, H L Gorner Ltd of Wigan, this beautiful and very desirable 300SL-24 has covered mere 27,227 miles from new, fully verified. The original service booklet contains 7 Mercedes-Benz dealer and specialist stamps, with the most recent entry at 26,625 miles. The factory build card with options list is in the rear page of the service book and both the factory consignment card and dealer PDI checklist have also been kept. Furthermore, the history file contains service invoices, virtually every MOT certificate dating back to 1994 and incredibly every single tax disc from new to the discontinuation of the paper disc, all laminated for preservation! Completing the history file is the dealer supplied leather wallet and book packs, two original remote keys and even the supplying dealer tax disc holder. An original sales brochure and specification pamphlet is also included. This highly sought after 300SL 24 Valve model is firmly a modern classic and fast becoming highly collectable, particularly as a low mileage preserved example offered here.
MOT July 2019 and HPI Clear.
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