2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 R230


  • Just 12,356 miles
  • To be sold with a fresh twelve-month MOT
  • Superbly presented throughout

The Appeal

Practically no automotive success story has been quite so long and illustrious as that of the Mercedes-Benz SL. Beginning in 1954 with the W198 and now on its seventh generation, the SL is still a unique product as practically no other manufacturer has consistently offered such a well-engineered convertible. 
Replacing the R129 in 2001, the R230 generation would span ten years and Mercedes-Benz introduced a whole host of technological wizardry. One of the main changes was the fully removable hardtop roof at the touch of a single button. You could be sitting at the traffic lights and within 16-20 seconds the roof would be off ready to enjoy the sunshine.
This 2002 SL500 is an immensely fine example. With just 12,356 miles on the clock, it’s in superb condition and was last serviced only around 2,000 miles ago.
The original owner owned it up until 2006 when he sadly passed away. The car was then passed to his son who kept the car but used it sparingly, covering just a few hundred miles per year. He kept the car until 2017, and with the lack of use, sold it to his best friend who also covered very few miles before another friend would add it to their private collection. It’s from this keeper that the vendor acquired the car, and they too have covered minimal mileage - only around 2,000 miles since light recommissioning was carried out in 2019 at a cost of £1,845.
For collectors seeking an exemplary R230, or those simply wanting the best example of this fabulous roadster they ca lay their hands on, this example is to be offered with a fresh MOT test and so shall be ready to enjoy.

The History and Paperwork

  •  The folder containing old invoices has unfortunately been lost, leaving the car with limited paperwork other than the owner’s manuals, which have been kept in the glove box
  • There is an invoice for the recommissioning work in May 2019, and the last MOT certificate, which was carried out on 10th September 2021
  • The V5C is present 
  • Four former registered keepers
  • One key
  • 12,356 miles
  • To be supplied with a fresh MOT (currently expired)

The Condition

  • Finished in Capri Blue Metallic, this stunning SL500  looks fantastic and commensurate with its minuscule mileage
  • The only notable blemishes to point out are one stone chip to the bonnet and a scratch to the passenger corner front skirt - both of which have been clearly photographed
  • Other than that, the car appears in immaculate order with very few signs of its age
  • The light lenses appear in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or fogging apparent
  • All door gaps align nicely and appear equal on both sides
  • There are no obvious dents or any signs of corrosion
  • The hardtop looks to work as quickly as it should, operating smoothly
  • The rear bumper appears free from any scuffs
  • The ‘SL500 ‘and three-pointed star badges are bright and clean
  • All four wheels look to be in good condition - with only slight kerb damage to one and a couple of small marks on another
  • As you would expect with so few miles and a lifetime of indoor storage, the underside of this SL is in lovely order
  • The dark grey Nappa leather seats appear in excellent condition and their adjustment functions are said to be fully working
  • Sitting in the driver’s seat you are faced with the spotless dashboard that is all in good condition, with no marks or scuffs or cracks to be seen
  • The instruments are all in working order with no warning lights displayed, other than an overdue service message - (although the last service was performed only around 2000 miles ago)
  • Overmats fitted from new, protecting the immaculate original carpet set
  • The luggage compartment presents impeccably

The Mechanics 

  • 4,966 cc V8 petrol engine
  • Five-speed automatic gearbox
  • The V8 in this lovely SL500 is said to fire up perfectly at the first flick of the key, and sounds fantastic exiting through the twin exhausts
  • There are reportedly no untoward noises to be heard from the silky-smooth V8
  • With 302 bhp on tap, the SL500 is reported to pull well through all of the gears
  • The car sits level and is reported to handle well, with no noises coming from the suspension components

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2002
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 12,356 Miles
  • Engine size 4966
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Location Warwickshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
21 bids
  • ma•••• £15,250 11/06/24
  • mi•••• £15,000 11/06/24
  • ma•••• £14,500 11/06/24
  • ma•••• £14,000 11/06/24
  • ma•••• £13,000 11/06/24
  • ma•••• £12,000 11/06/24
  • ma•••• £11,000 11/06/24
  • ma•••• £10,750 11/06/24
  • mi•••• £10,500 11/06/24
  • ma•••• £10,250 11/06/24

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