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1999 MERCEDES-BENZ (R129) SL320

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This 1999 Mercedes Benz SL320 is a great example of the R129 model, presented in good condition and in a smart colour scheme. Its 3.2-litre V6 engine produces around 221bhp, and is coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission. The odometer indicates 83,635 miles from new.

This SL320 was first registered in January 1999 and has just three previous registered keepers over 21 years on the road. It has been owned and enjoyed by the vendor for the last 18 months.

The vehicle’s Brilliant Silver metallic paint remains in excellent condition, with the driver noting only a slight scuff just below the driver’s door handle, and a few minor chips around the front end. Bidders should note that the DVLA record initially recorded this car’s colour as grey, but it was changed to the correct classification of silver in 2001 – and the online VIN check confirms it left the factory in silver as well.

The electric fabric convertible roof presents well, with no evidence of scuffs or water damage. This particular SL320 is a post 1998-facelift example, featuring body-coloured door handles, smoother rear lights and 17-inch alloys as standard. The wheels on this car present superbly, with no kerbing grazes or other damage.

In the cabin, the SL320 features soft Nappa leather upholstery, which is in generally good order, with some evident wear on the driver’s seat outer bolster. The vendor notes a missing vanity mirror unit on the passenger’s sun visor and some minor marks to the interior trim elsewhere. All of the electrical items work as they should, with no known faults or warning lights on the dashboard.

The last service was undertaken at 81,901 miles in February 2019, where the technicians at BMW, Mini and Mercedes specialists Autobahn Servicing carried out a full service including an engine oil and filter replacement, as well as tyre and brake checks.

Prior to this, at 78,215 miles in June 2014, the vehicle underwent a minor service, with the previous major interval taking place in May 2012 at 72,109 miles. The vendor reports the only other work needed during their custody has been a new power steering line and hose.

The most recent MOT test was on 4 December 2019 at 82,155 miles, which resulted in a pass with one advisory to monitor a small power steering fluid leak. The vehicle rides on Continental tyres all round, which the vendor notes are in good order, with ample tread left on all four corners.

Accompanying the vehicle are the Mercedes SL320 owner’s manuals and stamped service book in their original leather wallet, as well as two sets of keys.

This Mercedes SL320 is an eminently usable example of the renowned 1990s roadster, fitted with a strong V6 engine and an effortless automatic transmission. This car benefits from the numerous improvements brought by the final facelift of the model, and is ready to enjoy on the road as a refined modern classic cruiser.

All UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

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