2004 Mercedes-Benz SL 350


  • 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 


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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 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
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