1999 Mercedes-Benz R129 SL280


  • Very low mileage of under 45,000 miles
  • £3,500 maintenance 120 miles ago by SL Shop
  • Positive health check by SL Shop at the same time
  • Smart Obsidian Black over beige leather colour mix
  • Long MOT to May 2025 with no advisories
  • Well kept car with matching hard top

The Appeal

Chiselled styling, unburstable engines and luxurious cabins make the R129 popular for weekend drives and longer road trips. The later cars got even more sumptuous. The huge range of engine and trim combinations means there is a version for all tastes.

With that sheer usability in mind, this late model SL280 is a rarity. It is a very low mileage car - under 45,000 miles from new - with all the benefits that bestows, including great condition and barely any cabin wear.

In June 2021 specialists The SL Shop undertook £3,500 of work covering servicing, gearbox fluid change, cylinder head gasket and rocker cover gaskets amongst other work. They also undertook a glowing health check. The car has only covered 120 miles since then.

The sparing use does mean a service might be advisable but with a fresh MOT until late May 2025 - with no advisories - this looks like a very good example of a very usable car.


The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 2nd June 1999
  • Factory built in May 1999
  • 10 registered keepers
  • Current keeper since August 2021
  • Lots of history as shown in the photographs
  • Copies of 2021 SL Shop repairs shown in photographs
  • Very positive health check by The SL Shop in June 2021
  • MOT to 28th May 2025 with no advisories and 44,756 miles showing on test
  • Now showing 44,765 miles


The Condition

  • Handsome Obsidian Black paintwork with matching hard top
  • Paintwork across panels and roof in good order
  • Bodywork well presented with straight panels showing no accident damage
  • Buyers should expect some signs of age across exterior bodywork
  • Sits on smart apparently refurbished factory five spoke polished alloys
  • Space saver spare wheel in good order with factory tool kit appearing complete
  • Beige leather high specification in good order due to low mileage
  • Few signs of wear to common areas such as seat bolster and driver’s footwell
  • Fitted with factory rear seats with rear seatbelts fitted
  • Hardtop in good order with tidy and with headlining in good order
  • Modern bluetooth Sony sound system with recently upgraded door speakers
  • Burr walnut veneers in good order with no visible deterioration
  • Black fabric roof showing good condition and deep colour with clear rear screen
  • Xenon headlights and other exterior lights in good, undamaged condition
  • Electric front seats with heating function
  • We are told that the a/c needs regassed and the cruise control works intermittently
  • Buyers may also note that the rev counter is very slightly misaligned, a common factory issue


The Mechanics

  • 200bhp 2,799cc V6 M112 fuel injected engine
  • 5spd 5G-TRONIC automatic gearbox
  • Upgraded exhaust system with twin chromed exit pipes
  • Good history file with £3,500 work by a specialist in 2021
  • No reported running or driving issues
  • Good MOT history with long current MOT
  • This shows no advisories for mechanical or running gear


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Auction Details
  • Year 1999
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class
  • Colour Black
  • Mileage 44,765 Miles
  • Engine size 2799
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Stratford on Avon
  • County Warwickshire
  • Country United Kingdom
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Bidding history
9 Bids from 6 bidders
  • MrBAH1 £5,200 14/07/24
  • paul-be•••• £5,000 14/07/24
  • MrBAH1 £4,200 14/07/24
  • Ashwest•••• £4,100 14/07/24
  • MrBAH1 £4,000 12/07/24
  • David D £3,000 12/07/24
  • MrBAH1 £1,600 11/07/24
  • phs3272 £1,500 11/07/24
  • london.•••• £1,000 11/07/24

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