1992 Mercedes-Benz SL500

Highlights

  • Comprehensive service history, with many receipts from Mercedes-Benz
  • Rare blue exterior and cream interior colour combination
  • Excellent condition of the underside, always dry stored and used in good weather
  • Documented gearbox rebuild in service history

The Appeal

Hailing from the revered Bruno Sacco era, the R129 boasts styling and engineering that are equally accomplished. They remain immensely popular modern classics, thanks to their convenient powered roofs, comfortable interiors and range of capable powertrains.

We're pleased to offer this great example which stands out with its lesser-seen blue over cream colour combination, a refreshing departure from the more common silver, grey or darker blue. It has been well-maintained, as evidenced by its comprehensive service history and the vendor reports that it drives very well indeed.

For those seeking a stylish convertible with a big V8 up front, this SL is definitely the way to go.



History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1992
  • Comprehensive service history, with many invoices from Mercedes-Benz main dealers
  • Big ticket invoices in the records include a full gearbox rebuild.
  • Missing original book, but many old MOTs and receipts available
  • Low mileage for its age, with an average of 3,220 miles per year
  • MOT valid until October 2024
  • A handwritten letter by the previous owner that states the car was owned by a gentleman who ran it alongside his Rolls-Royce with the numberplate HS 04 which it wore until 2012
  • The aforementioned owner had the car registered to two businesses before passing it on to his brother, who in turn passed it to his daughter in his passing. 
  • Always stored inside and on trickle charge
  • The hard-top has been stored on a bespoke stand

The Condition

  • Handsome blue paintwork with matching soft-top
  • The seldom-used hard-top is present and in great condition
  • Very straight bodywork, free from any signs of excessive corrosion or damage
  • Thanks to indoor storage, the original paint still presents beautifully, with no notable imperfections
  • The underside of the car looks in excellent condition 
  • The chassis rails still wear the same blue as the exterior when cleaned
  • We're assured that the sills are immensely solid
  • The interior features sumptuous cream leather, with a perfect condition dashboard and centre console
  • Door-mounted seat adjusters, often problematic in these cars, are in perfect working order
  • The vendor has just had the instrument cluster rebuilt completely as this is a common fault with the early cars - this was done earlier in the year and is now working perfectly T
  • he car still has its original wind deflector fitted in the boot which fits to the roll bar too
  • Solid woodwork in lovely condition
  • The vendor notes minor wear on the driver's seat bolster, a small scratch on the rear bumper and two small imperfections where the hard top sits
  • Apparently unmarked wheels in fantastic condition 
  • Matching blue soft top in great condition, with no issues with the rear windows



The Mechanics

  • 5.0-litre V8 engine
  • Automatic transmission with four speeds
  • The vendor states that the SL runs and drives perfectly, with no wandering and steers straight
  • The engine reportedly pulls strongly in every gear
  • All gears select perfectly and smoothly, thanks to a previous gearbox rebuild
  • Strong and efficient brakes
  • Drives with a solid road feel and precise steering

BEFORE YOU BUY 
This sale is subject to the Car & Classic Terms and Conditions. By bidding and/or making an offer, you also agree to the following: 
If the seller is registered as a private seller, consumer rights stemming from EU consumer protection law do not apply. Car & Classic’s return policy applies. 
A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Car & Classic are run through an online HPI check, to verify that they show no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and have no finance owing. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1992
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class
  • Colour Dark blue
  • Odometer 99,886 Miles
  • Engine size 4973
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Horsham
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
22 bids
  • mi•••• £9,900 05/12/23
  • St•••• £9,800 05/12/23
  • mi•••• £9,700 05/12/23
  • La•••• £9,600 05/12/23
  • St•••• £9,500 05/12/23
  • mi•••• £9,400 05/12/23
  • La•••• £9,300 05/12/23
  • mi•••• £9,200 05/12/23
  • St•••• £9,100 05/12/23
  • mi•••• £9,000 05/12/23
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