2004 Mercedes-Benz SL 350

Highlights

  • Truly lovely example of the most economical SL 
  • Genuine low mileage 
  • Full service history 
  • Superb condition throughout 

The Appeal

With fuel prices creeping ever upwards, it pays to be frugal. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself, and the Mercedes-Benz R230 350SL is a case in point. As grand and imposing as the large V8-engined models, it’s a GT convertible with genuine 30mpg fuel economy.  

The R230SL set new standards for Mercedes-Benz in terms of dynamics and handling, too, when it debuted in 2002. The company was competing in Formula One in conjunction with McLaren at the time and the British company played a hand in helping develop the new SL, which was dynamically leagues ahead of its R129 predecessor.  

The new “R230” model was not only sleek and stylish, but it also added new technology, modernised styling and a much more modern cabin. It also introduced the company’s trademark electric folding hard top – or VarioRoof - to the model, which had debuted four years earlier on the SLK. 

This 2004 example is a really smart example that has clearly been well-loved from new, benefitting from a complete service history and with some smart AMG extras such as its multi-spoke wheels and sports exhaust system. 

With prices of previous generation R107 and R129 SLs continually on the up, the R230 is a great value proposition as well as looking like a sound investment, and this one is a truly lovely example – genuine low mileage, high specification and finished in a gorgeous colour combination. The perfect modern classic. 



The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in June 2004 
  • Supplied by Mercedes-Benz of Dartford 
  • UK V5C 
  • MOT March 2024, can be renewed on sale 
  • Fully stamped service book up to 78,012 miles in July 2022 
  • Lots of receipts and invoices for work carried out, maintained by a combination of main dealers and independent specialists 
  • Original factory build sheet 
  • Mercedes-Benz Certificate of Conformity 
  • Dealer pre-delivery inspection stamp 
  • Two keys 
  • Original sat nav DVDs 
  • Always garaged by previous owner and only used during summer months 



The Condition

  • Mercedes-Benz Brilliant Silver paint, unrestored and presented in very good original condition with no evident or obvious flaws 
  • No corrosion advisories on past MOTs 
  • Flawless 18-inch AMG alloys with recent rubber 
  • Vario-Roof operates perfectly 
  • Spotlessly clear headlights – no cloudiness 
  • Keyless entry system 
  • Follow-me-home headlights 
  • Grey leather trim in good overall order with one small hole in driver’s seat base 
  • Two-tone grey dash and centre console in great condition 
  • Electrically adjustable seats  
  • Seats have heating and massage functions 
  • Fully functional Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment with nav 
  • CD changer 
  • Dual zone climate control 
  • Cruise control 
  • DISTRONIC Parking sensors 
  • Superbly presented in excellent condition throughout 

The Mechanics

  • 3.7-litre V6 
  • Six-speed adaptable automatic 
  • Very well maintained with documented servicing by main dealers and independents 
  • New water pump 
  • Recently renewed brake discs and pads 
  • Drives and runs beautifully 
  • Great performance and surprisingly good fuel economy 



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. 
✓ Buyers are responsible for vehicle collection or delivery. 

Please see our FAQs here and our Terms & Conditions here

Vehicle specification
  • Year 2004
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL350
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 79,609 Miles
  • Engine size 3724
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Melton Mowbray
  • Location Leicestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
23 bids
  • Pw•••• £9,110 29/02/24
  • mi•••• £9,010 29/02/24
  • Pw•••• £8,910 29/02/24
  • mi•••• £8,810 29/02/24
  • Pw•••• £8,710 29/02/24
  • ro•••• £8,699 29/02/24
  • Pw•••• £8,599 29/02/24
  • ia•••• £8,499 29/02/24
  • tr•••• £8,400 29/02/24
  • ia•••• £8,100 29/02/24
Message C&C Auction Team

The Gallery

The safest way to buy a classic car online

Car & Classic's secure payment system protects buyers and sellers. At the end of the auction, the winning bidder transfers payment into a third-party escrow account. Once the transfer of the vehicle is complete, both parties confirm they are happy with the sale and the money is released to the seller. More about buying with us
Safe, secure payment process

About Max Bids

The max bid process allows you to bid without any hassle.

Enter your maximum bid and we will then bid on your behalf to ensure you're the highest bidder - just enough to keep you in the lead and only up until your maximum.

Anti-sniping

Car & Classic prevent auction snipers from bidding in the last seconds to win an auction.

Auctions are extended by 3 minutes if anyone bids within the last 2 minutes to allow other bidders to react and counter-bid.

Auto-bidding increments

  • If your maximum bid is equal to or below the reserve price, your maximum bid will be applied in full if you are the highest bidder.
  • If you are the highest bidder and place a maximum bid above the reserve, we will automatically put in the reserve as your first bid.
    • Once the reserve has been met, Car & Classic will make sure you are the highest bidder using only the bidding increments stated below.
    • We will keep you in the lead up until your maximum bid OR the increment closest to your maximum bid, providing your maximum bid is enough to cover the increment value.

Bid Amount Increment
£0 to £9,999 £100.00
£10,000 to £49,999 £250.00
£50,000 to £99,999 £500.00
£100,000 + £1,000.00

Automatically outbid immediately

When you place a max bid and are outbid immediately that means that another bidder has placed a max bid limit which is higher than yours.

You can bid again and we will use our automatic bid system to try and get you as the highest bidder.

Matching max bids

When there are two max bids of the same value, the one placed first remains the lead bidder.

Pre-authorisation

We may hold a pre-authorisation charge on your card until the end of the auction when the hold will be cancelled. If you win, we'll take a security deposit which counts towards the payment for the vehicle and isn't any extra cost to you.

What are pre-bids?

A pre-bid means you're able to place a bid before the official start of the auction.
You will be notified whether or not you are the highest bidder when the auction starts.

Problem with your bid

Bids are contractually binding. To help protect you, we have some rules in place if we think it's been mistyped. Please check and amend what you have entered.