1994 Mercedes-Benz 320 SL R129

****** Interested parties should note, this vehicle was subject to a CAT N insurance loss in 11/2022 ******

Highlights

  • Extensive service record: maintained by Mercedes-Benz in its early to mid years, then by independent specialists, namely the SL shop
  • Just three keepers and stored inside until recently
  • All oils replaced including gearbox, coolant, brake fluid
  • Registered in the UK, making it easier for European buyers

The Appeal

Following the gorgeous W113 Pagoda and equally impressive R107, Mercedes-Benz were on a roll with the SL, so it's fair to say the long-awaited R129 had big shoes to fill...

Fortunately, it was to be hat-trick and Bruno Sacco's take on the SL proved equally enticing to buyers.

This 320 has been well-maintained throughout its life, with an extensive service record with Mercedes-Benz main dealers and independent specialists. It has only had three owners and has been stored indoors until recently, preserving its condition. The car has also recently had all oils replaced, including gearbox, coolant, and brake fluid, ensuring it runs smoothly.



History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1994
  • Just three keepers
  • 66,058 miles indicated
  • Sold just over two years ago by a specialist in Shropshire for £13,000
  • MOT with no advisories, (expires March 2024)
  • Recorded CAT N loss a year ago: the only damage being the headlight glass and grill which has been repaired using period correct parts including the hard-to-source seven-slat grille
  • Unfortunately, much of the service history was lost



The Condition

  • A very sound example with smart bodywork and very presentable paint
  • Complete with both its roofs which appear in great shape
  • The retracting soft-top is reportedly in working order, with no apparent faults
  • Straight and free from notable corrosion topside and underneath
  • A small corrosion patch on the OSF wing has appeared within the last two months, but this does not appear excessive
  • The underside of the car looks in exceptional condition for its age
  • Remote key intermittently does not work, but central locking works perfectly when using the key in the lock - the vendor diagnoses a possible weak battery in the remote key
  • The car is entirely standard with no known modifications apart from a Bluetooth radio
  • The interior presents really well, with well-presented leather upholstery and nice woodwork
  • Age-related marks are of course present, but there's nothing especially noticeable to report
  • We understand all the cabin electrics and instrumentation to be in good working order



The Mechanics

  • 3.2-litre petrol straight-six
  • Automatic transmission with five gears
  • Nicely presented under the bonnet and all original
  • Benefitting from a recent oil and coolant service
  • Rear discs and pads have been replaced
  • The car drives superbly and the roof works perfectly
  • The gearbox and engine are reportedly very smooth and quiet in operation


 
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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. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1994
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL 320
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 66,058 Miles
  • Engine size 3200
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bletchley
  • Location Buckinghamshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
75 bids
  • Ad•••• £7,000 06/12/23
  • Ad•••• £6,900 06/12/23
  • an•••• £6,800 06/12/23
  • Ad•••• £6,700 06/12/23
  • an•••• £6,600 06/12/23
  • Ad•••• £6,500 06/12/23
  • an•••• £6,400 06/12/23
  • Ad•••• £6,300 06/12/23
  • Ad•••• £6,200 06/12/23
  • an•••• £6,100 06/12/23
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