Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 112
Year : 1979
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : automatic
Registration No. : AFC638V
Chassis No. : 10704322014740
Engine No. : 11698422004312
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


The Mercedes-Benz R129 models were produced from 1989 through to
2001 and sold under the SL-Class model names. The R129 replaced the
R107 SL-Class in 1989 and was subsequently replaced by the R230 in
2001. The R129 was based on the shortened floorpan of the
Mercedes-Benz W124 saloon and featured many innovative details for
the time. The R129 came to public attention in 1991 when Diana,
Princess of Wales, sold her Jaguar XJS to lease a J-registration,
metallic-red 500 SL, becoming the first member of the Royal Family
to use a foreign car. This controversy sparked a media storm as it
was questioned whether a member of British Royalty should drive a
foreign car. The fifth generation of the legendary SL series, made
by Mercedes-Benz, was known as the R230. It featured a fully
retractable hardtop that was marketed as the Vario Roof- a first
for the SL class although it had been available on the smaller SLK
model since 1997.

Supplied new to Mr. Dennis Senior of Henley-on-Thames by
Motorworld of Oxford in 1979, this very collectable, two-owner, 350
SL has covered 59,000 miles from new and is presented in Navy Blue
with a contrasting cream interior. The history file includes the
original service booklet containing eight stamps, the sales
brochure and a letter from the owner confirming his ownership of
the car since 1991; the car was serviced regularly by Grove Autos
in Camberwell and MR Auto Services in Honor Oak. With an MoT test
certificate valid until October 2017 and supplied with the
desirable hardtop, this low mileage example should generate
significant interest. 
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170