DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 2002 | COLOUR: SILVER ARROW METALLIC (CODE 777) | INTERIOR TRIM: SILVER & ANTHRACITE LEATHER | 652 MILES | PRICE: £89,750
LUX CLASSICS ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER THIS STUNNING MERCEDES-BENZ SL500 ‘SILVER ARROW’ LIMITED EDITION WITH ONLY 652 MILES, ONE REGISTERED KEEPER AND AN IMPECCABLE HISTORY FILE.
• Only 652 miles
• Number 48 of 100 RHD special edition models in the UK
• Certificate of Authenticity authenticated by Sir Stirling Moss
• One registered keeper
• Removeable glass hard top
• Usable modern classic
Registered on the 8th of January 2002, with one registered keeper and a documented 652 miles. This is an outstanding example of the R129 ‘Silver Arrow’ – a final run-out limited edition, and a true useable modern classic. The Certificate of Authenticity, authenticated by racing legend Sir Stirling Moss confirms this is number 48 of just 100 RHD models produced. It comes complete with an accurate replica 1:18 scale model of the original W196 Silver Arrow No. 6, Stirling Moss’s own car.
The care and attention to detail paid by the fastidious owner in looking after this SL are mirrored to the same exacting levels in its superb history file. One of the most well-ordered, considered and complete we have seen for any vehicle.
HISTORY & PAPERWORK
• Original 2002 bill of sale from Mercedes-Benz main dealer, John Tallis of Bath for £60,293.20
• Vehicle registration certificate
• Full specification list including factory-fitted options
• Certificate of Authenticity
• Complete Mercedes-Benz main dealer service history
• Record of MOTs confirming the 652 mileage
• Vehicle storage records
• Various other miscellaneous documentation
• Silver Arrow limited edition literature
• Original Mercedes-Benz handbooks and wallet
As you would expect, with such little use the interior presents in excellent order from top to bottom. Standard equipment includes a Mercedes-Benz audio system, climate control, cruise control, and heated front seats. Distinguishing ‘Silver Arrow’ specification includes two-tone silver and anthracite Nappa leather trim throughout, wood trim in Bird’s-eye maple black, structured aluminum gearshift gate and instrument cluster, SLK pedal design, Illuminated door sills and Silver Arrow badging to the seats and centre console. All in all, just a lovely place to be.
The removable glass hard top provides for a light and airy environment, and for the true wind-in-the-hair experience, the electro-hydraulic black convertible roof will stow seamlessly away behind the cabin.
Virtually unmarked, the metallic silver paint (code 777) really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated, it’s just stunning. Complemented with AMG body styling and 18 inch unique multi-piece alloy wheels, the imposing road presence and visual appeal really is quite something. Finishing details include Silver Arrow badging on front wings, silver brake calipers and chrome-sheen aluminum trim and chrome radiator grille.
With only 652 miles and a service history to match, for a 21 year old R129 SL this is about as good as it gets. Impeccably well refined, the 4999cc 320bhp V8 provides ample power for effortless cruising, and when pushed can get this Silver Arrow to 60mph in 6.3 seconds. With power delivered through the five-speed automatic transmission, progress is always nothing less than supremely smooth. A modern classic, useable every day and ready to be driven.
MERCEDES-BENZ R129 SL CLASS MODEL HISTORY
Launched at the 1989 Geneva Motorshow, designed by Bruno Sacco the Mercedes-Benz R129 SL roadster replaced the R107. It typified the early 90s 2-seater touring sports car trend with its long bonnet and short rear end. Hugely successful, it remained in production until 2002 when it was replaced with the R230.
With an electro-hydraulic automated fabric convertible roof and detachable hard top, it was initially available with 2 six-cylinder engines and a 5.0 litre V8 delivering power through a 5-speed manual, or 4 and 5-speed automatic transmissions. The numerous standard features included innovative electronically controlled damping and a hidden, automatically extending roll-over bar. It was also the first passenger car to have seat belts integrated into the seats rather than anchoring to the floor, B-pillar, and transmission tunnel.
Throughout its production run many aesthetic and mechanical improvements were developed and integrated. More powerful engines were introduced too, culminating in the barn-storming SL 73 AMG from 1997 producing over 500bhp and capable of taking the SL to 60mph in 4.5 seconds. A number of limited editions were produced, including the ‘Mille Miglia’ in very limited numbers, the ‘Designo Black Diamond’ edition for the north American market, and the Sir Stirling Moss authenticated ‘Silver Arrow’ as the final run-out edition marking the end of R129 production.
ARRANGE A VIEWING
It is available for viewing in the UK on an appointment basis, and would suit an enthusiast or collector with whom this vehicle will represent a good acquisition opportunity.
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