|2000(W) Mercedes-Benz (R129) SL320 V6 Auto(5)|
Just 68,000 Miles - FSH - A Stunning Example
Highly Desirable Late Model R129 with The Superb M112 V6 Engine
Gleaming 197 Obsidian Black Metallic - Saffron Leather Interior
Date of Registration: 20th March 2000
MOT Expiry: 8th September 2017 (No Advisories)
Road Tax Cost: £235/pa
Mileage: 68,265 Miles
Service History: FSH (Stamped Book + A4 File of Supporting Invoices + Old MOT certificates)
Last Service: 68,262 Miles on 07/09/2016
Previous Keepers on V5: 5
Keys: Two Working Remote "Flip" Keys
HPI Status: 100% Clear (report included)
Front & Side Airbags
ESP Traction Control
Digital Climate Control with Working Air conditioning
Cruise Control with Speed Limiter
Saffron Leather Interior
Electric Adjusting Seats
Heated Front Seats
Optional Rear Seats
Electric Hood (Black Mohair)
Remote Central Locking
Remote Boot Release
Auto Dipping Rear View Mirror
Illumining Vanity Mirrors in Sunvisors
Outside Temperature Gauge
Electrically Adjusting Steering Column
Load Adjustable Headlamps
Front Fog Lamps
Mercedes-Benz Audio 10 CD/Tuner
CD Storage in Centre Console
Parrot Bluetooth Hands Free
MB 17" 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels with Goodyear Tyres
Locking Wheel Nuts
Factory Tinted Glass with Gradient Band Windscreen
Genuine MB Rubber Over Mats + Carpet Overmats
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I've always maintained, if you're going to buy an R129, either buy an early pre-1992 car, or a late 98 on car; the reason being the earlier cars have that carved from granite feel you get with the W201/W124, while the later versions of the R129, like this, are much more refined, with all the problems of the earlier models having been ironed out. The late cars also came from the period where Mercedes had realised the error of their ways in the mid nineties, and had made amends in terms of build quality. The six cylinder cars, like this SL320 also feature the superb M112 V6 engine, which I, and many others think, is one of the best Mercedes power plants of modern times, and has proved very reliable, suffering none of the problems of the earlier M104 unit, namely wiring degrading looms, throttle bodies and leaking head gaskets. It's also incredibly smooth, very powerful and I think the performance it gives, isn't far off the pace of an early 500SL. However, being a relatively light and compact engine, it doesn't have the disadvantage of having a big V8 lump slung over the front wheels, which I think tends to make the V8 cars feel somewhat nose heavy in corners. In contrast, the M112 V6 engined R129, the car feel much more nimble, especially on twisty roads.
I sourced this car from a previous customer of mine, who due to retirement, and subsequently moving to a smaller property was downsizing from a collection of six cars, to just three. He said that as open top motoring sometimes aggravated his tinnitus, he'd decided to keep the C140 S500 Coupe he bought from me last year, and let the R129 go.
So, this is a very late (Model Year 200) SL320, registered in March 2000 and is in what I think is one of the most striking colour combinations of 197 Obsidian Black with Saffron Nappa leather.. It also has loads of handy features not found on the earlier R129 such as electric folding mirrors, multiple airbags, speed limiter, rain sensing wipes and front windows that rise a couple of millimetres when you close the door to give a better seal. It has an excellent service history detailing the vehicles life, and one which reveals its been very well looked after, and there are no horror stories or persistent problems. Although its showing five previous owners, two of these have been dealerships through having several plate changes, and the first was a company owner.
Everything works exactly as it should, including the hood mechanism, climate control and air-conditioning and the condition of the vehicle, both mechanically and bodily is absolutely superb. Hood looks almost new, with a crystal clear rear windows. It's also just been serviced, and at the same time had a new water pump fitted as the old one, although it wasn't leaking, had become slightly noisy. At the same time I also replaced the viscous fan coupling as a precaution.
Over the years I've owned and driven quite a few R129 SL's and I have to say this is my favourite example to date, and is by far the best blend of comfort, performance and economy. I have to admit it has crossed my mind on several occasions I should maybe sideline this car for myself, especially as its such a head turner, and still looks every bit the £60K+ car is was, and I'm sure with a non age related plate on it, your neighbours will think you've won the lottery. The R129 can also now be seen as a wise investment too, with values of the model rising steadily, as values of the previous variant of the SL, the R107, now going stratospheric, and beyond the reach of many.
Finally, just a word of caution here, and I'm not just idly saying this or using it as some kind of sales patter or scare tactic, but speaking from real and bitter personal experience. There's lots of R129 advertised for sale, and prices seem to be all over the place. I concede there are cheaper examples, and many dearer too, with many sellers trying to pass off their cars for something they're not. The bottom line is if you get it wrong with one of these cars, it will cost you dearly, and its not unusual to find owners who have had to spend as much again as the car they bought cost, fix all the undisclosed problems they didn't spot when they bought it. Never has the say "there's nothing as expensive as a cheap Mercedes" been true when applied to the R129 SL. Why not save yourself the hassle, and just buy a good one in the first place!.
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Any other questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or on 07976 280738. I'm a firstly and foremostly a true Mercedes enthusiast of many, many years, and a Mercedes Club Member, so it's a pleasure to meet and speak to like-minded people.
Finally, I'm situated in Keighley (pronounced keith-ley), West Yorkshire (Postal Code Area BD21) which is approximately 11 miles from Skipton, and 20 miles West of Leeds.
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