Consistently leading the pack when it comes to luxury high performance roadsters, the Mercedes SL needs little introduction. The fifth generation R230 continued that motif and quickly gained a reputation as the last word in performance convertibles, most notably the SL500, which proudly boasted a glorious V8 engine ripe for touring, a quality interior and, a first for the SL range, a fully retractable electric hard top roof. With just over 47 thousand miles on the clock, this incredibly well specced 2003 model is a wonderful example of Mercedes' beloved touring convertible.
These fifth generation R230’s are quickly becoming appreciated as the perfect choice for to be an all round, highly usable SL and as such good examples are being snapped up in an instant. Clean, low mileage cars such as this simply do not come to market that often, so if you’re in the market for a truly excellent Mercedes SL, now may be the time.
The History and Paperwork
First registered 17/04/2003
Understood to have originally worn the registration mark BK03 TYB
The car now sits on the private registration mark P77 TWR which will stay on for the next owner
Final inspection performed by Mercedes Benz of Stratford Upon Avon
Accompanied by leather bound Mercedes Benz book pack, with various owners manuals and pieces of operating literature
Also comes with the Mercedes service book with stamped services right up to the 46 thousand mile mark
The current owner purchased the car circa 2016 and has only covered a reported 9 thousand miles since purchase, using it as a fun weekend car
Dry stored throughout current ownership
Current MOT valid until November 2023
MOT records highlight incredibly minimal mileage amassed through the years
V5 registration document present with the vehicle
High quality black leather upholstery throughout
Well specced interior space, brimming with equipment
Exceptionally well presented throughout, distinctly lacking in wear or tarnishing
Black leather seating is incredibly comfortable and boasting high quality bolsters and upholstery work
Two matching leather door panels in fine form with wood finish trim and electronic seating controls, all of which appear to be in good working order
Fold out crash bar which automatically opens if the car senses a crash occurring or, can be put in the upright position while driving if the the occupants wish to do so
Folding wind deflector for open top driving
Wood finish trim throughout the cabin is of a great quality in a like new state
Central entertainment screen with factory navigation system
Parrot bluetooth system also situated in the cabin
Interior trim and leather work is still like new 20 years on from manufacture
Large rear boot space into which the roof stows when folded down
Roof can be lifted up to allow easier access into the boot even when folded down
Timeless exterior styling which still presents as fresh today
Finished from the factory in Brilliant Silver
Paintwork is of a remarkably high quality and has clearly been well cared for
Electronically operated hard convertible top unlatches, opens and closes with ease
Glass work, trim and badging all present exceptionally well
Sits on four good quality 17” Mercedes Benz alloy wheels which present smartly with just minor signs of kerb rash in places
Panel gaps are consistent throughout
Colour coded boot lip spoiler
Thunderous 5.0 litre Mercedes V8 situated under the bonnet
A truly excellent engine. Powerful and incredibly capable without being brash
Paired to a wonderfully smooth automatic transmission, ideal for touring or every day usage
MOT valid until November 2023, with the advisories from the test understood to have been rectified
Recent service including the changing of a plug and seal on the gearbox which was causing the MOT advisory oil leak
Being a low mileage car there understandably shouldn’t be hordes of service history and invoices for work done, however the service book has been stamped regularly right up to one performed around one thousand miles ago
Current owner reports of a wonderful driving experience from the SL, paired with a subtle but undeniably great V8 soundtrack
Great as a GT, great as an outright sports car, the SL500 is the perfect choice for someone looking for a fine piece of German engineering that really can do it all. The R230 SLs represented a great leap forward in design and engineering both for the marque and for the model range itself. With more modern styling, equipment and running gear, these are most definitely the SLs to get into.
Low mileage, well maintained and exceptionally presented. This 2003 SL500 must surely be one of the best on the market today.
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
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