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Mercedes SL320 1997. Rare AMG. Amazing history. For Sale

Mercedes SL320 1997. Rare factory bodied AMG. Amazing history. Not 500SL or 300SL

Warranted 145,265 miles, impeccable service history (21 stamps) and receipts for additional work carried out. It has been serviced every year regardless of mileage. It has had an oil and filter less than 1000 miles ago, MOT’d till 24th April 2020. I have had major work done on the gearbox, plus new oil and filter, costing £700+. The gearbox now has a clean bill of health and super smooth changes. It has also just had the common SL320 oil leak from the front cylinder head cover seal done, including new cam cover gaskets (£500).

Previously owned by a female doctor and her husband (also a doctor) before her. It cost her husband £40,000 on 21/06/2000 (have receipt). This couple owned the car for the last 17 years, from only 3 years old. In fact the husband traded in his old 1979 350sl for this.

Azurite Blue with cream leather. It comes with the full AMG pack of front/rear bumpers, side sills. The wheels are also very rare Ceginus 8.25 17” genuine Mercedes with Hankook tyres all round, they sell for £1500+ second hand. The body kit and wheels cost close to £10,000 as an option. The AMG pack and rims give the car a nice look/stance; it certainly sits lower than my old 1995/M SL500. The lightly refurbed alloys fill the arches nicely, which makes me think that it may even have the AMG suspension, but I cannot be sure. This was a very well specced and extremely expensive car when it left the factory. I also have a set of 18” AMG 5 spoke deep dish alloys from my brother’s R230 SL500 which can be purchased at extra cost. The front rims have two new tyres with zero mileage as I never got around to putting them on the car.

Stamped Service History:
Date Mileage Dealer
01/01/1997 Delivery Mercedes Benz Clearwater
30/08/1997 933 Mercedes Benz Clearwater
05/04/1998 9,044 Mercedes Benz Clearwater
25/01/1999 18,177 Mercedes Benz Clearwater
02/10/1999 23,489 Mercedes Benz Clearwater
31/01/2001 25,946 Mercedes Benz Greenoake
08/08/2002 30,067 Mercedes Benz Greenoake
31/03/2003 33,945 Mercedes Benz Greenoake
13/04/2004 40.070 Mercedes Benz Greenoake
16/05/2005 48,095 MB Specialist Classic Autos
16/05/2006 57,321 MB Specialist Classic Autos
21/05/2007 66,012 MB Specialist Classic Autos
24/05/2008 74,281 MB Specialist Classic Autos
19/05/2009 81,973     MB Specialist Classic Autos
04/06/2010 97,883 MB Specialist Osbornes
02/06/2011 108,922 MB Specialist Osbornes
16/06/2012 118,906    MB Specialist Osbornes
18/06/2013 127,315 MB Specialist Osbornes
12/06/2014 132,767 MB Specialist Osbornes
16/04/2016 136,850 MB Specialist Osbornes
08/07/2017 142,206 MB - Gearbox speed sensor/conductor plate, filter/oil
17/05/2018 144,334 Ardross Autos - Oil and filter service
19/08/2018 144,780 MB Specialist - cylinder head cover seal


It starts instantly even after sitting idle for weeks on end. The legendary MB straight six 3.2 purrs quietly yet purposefully and drives absolutely beautifully without any knocks, bangs or rattles. The power steering gives you feedback at speed and effortless manoeuvre-ability in town.

The auto gearbox changes up/down smoothly as the day it left the factory. This may have something to do with the fact that gearbox oil and filter has just been changed. Mercedes say that this gearbox is a sealed for life unit, but all the specialists/experts/forums say that the oil and filter should be changed every 40,000 miles, so this has another 40,000 miles at least till the next change.

These were the last of the truly well-built bullet proof Mercedes before the tie up with Chrysler in 1999. The oil pressure is always on 3 bar right from start-up, everything works as it should, including the hard and soft top mechanism. The fabric is like new and the plastic screens are MB and in excellent condition, making me think that is has been replaced recently before my ownership. The hardtop is also in excellent condition. There are no warning lights illuminated on the dash.

The car is very good inside and out, even without a valet. There are no dents, or major scuffs, but please expect to see some marks for a car of this age. The seats are all electric and in excellent condition, very supple and only showing very light signs of any wear.

In summing up, this is a very rare factory AMG specced car. The body kit and alloys set it apart from other SL’s. It comes with 245/45/R17 Hankook tyres that have very good tread and a brand new MOT.

It has been really cherished by its’ previous owners, as shown by the service history and additional spending on it. That is why it looks, drives and behaves impeccably. The interior and exterior are in vgc condition for the age of the car.

I have the leather wallet folder containing the current red V5 in my wife’s name. All the books, manuals and documentation over the life of the car. I have the two original working keys/remotes. There is an original and complete tool kit, including the spanner to manually open/close the roof in an emergency. The boot also houses the wind deflector in its protective cover, warning triangle, first aid kit and a full size MB spare alloy wheel.

This was a fairly rare car in its day but is now getting even rarer, especially with the AMG spec, try finding another one. There are not many out there with this much history, specification and in this condition. Needs absolutely nothing doing for the foreseeable future, depending on usage probably for the next few years. These cars are increasing in value quite rapidly now. It has done less than 1500 miles in over two years, and 600 of those were in one week, where it performed impeccably. My work situation has changed; I have already sold my X5 and 1995/M SL500. I may even sell my BMW 840 Ci Sport in the near future. Whoever views and drives this car will buy it. It will give years of enjoyment while increasing in value. It turns heads and gets positive comments whenever I drive it. Recent work done as already mentioned means nothing needs doing in the foreseeable future. This is a genuine private sale, so serious enquiries only please. I am happy to discuss/talk further and entertain requests for more information and pictures.

Thank you for taking the time to read the ad. I’m sure I’ve left lots of things out, please feel free to contact me for any specific information or pictures you may require

Price £7495 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Mercedes
Model 320
  SL Class
Year 1997
Mileage 145,260 miles
Country UK
Region Hertfordshire
Town Letchworth Garden City
Telephone 07939 327990
Status Private
E-mail
Date 18-May-2019
Ref C1112940
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