1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL (R129) ‘Car
is in its original state, without substantial changes to the chassis, body,
steering, braking, transmission or suspension system and
Pretty, three-owner earlier R129 from eight year lady ownership showing just 80,516 miles; just 3,000 miles covered in the last eight years
Supplied new by Sterling Mercedes of Worcester in August 1991 this earlier R129 Merc SL comes to us in 300SL guise and is finished in Brilliant Silver and wears its factory removable hard-top with mohair soft-top underneath and rides upon its original 16” eight-hole flat face alloy wheels.
Under the long bonnet, we find the proven M103 series 3.0-litre 12-valve SOHC straight-six petrol engine which develops 188bhp, driving the rear wheels via four-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, we find the unusual but pleasant blue checker sports cloth trim, electric seats, rear seats (they were optional), walnut trim, electric windows, wind deflector, climate control, electric mirrors, heated rear screen (hard top), electric soft top control, roll over bar button, cruise control and original Blaupunkt radio/cassette player.
The car has worn its 31 years well, with few marks or signs of wear bar those commensurate with its age/mileage with some wear evident to the driver’s seat bolster edge, some sagging of the hard-top headlining and a small bubble to the driver’s wheel arch lip as pictured.
The car comes to us from eight year lady ownership with just two former keepers recorded on the V5C and just 80,516 miles recorded. In addition, the history file includes the owner’s pack and service booklet with 17 stamps, the last in September 2014 at 77,141 miles by Mercedes Specialists Ltd of Stratford which is less than 3,000 miles ago.
In addition, we find eight old MOT certificates along with the current, valid until June 2023 recording six minor advisories for perishing/cracked front and rear tyres, surface corrosion to the rear exhaust and a couple of slight oil leaks.
Bar the minor advisories the car looks ready to be enjoyed and clearly crying out for some regular use and perhaps a good service. These early R129’s are rapidly becoming cars to buy, own and cherish being more affordable than their R107 predecessor but much more usable and practical.
**Bidders please note, we have attempted to remove the factory hard top to photograph the car without the roof and confirm the soft-top conditon but we have been unable to remove it, there is movement with the system but it looks to have been installed for sometime and was reluctant to come off. **
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