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Lot 068: Mercedes-Benz 500SL Lorinser

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Launched at the 1989 Geneva Motorshow, the W129 series Mercedes-Benz were far more sporting than the outgoing W107 series, and incorporated a whole range of new technology. The fully automatic convertible roof, sophisticated multi-link suspension, ABS and pop-up roll bar were all major strides forward 22 years ago.

At the top of the range sat the 500SL which was used to debut Mercedes-Benz' new 4 valve per cylinder technology. Coupled with twin overhead camshafts and variable valve timing these 4973cc engines were good for 326bhp giving the car a top speed well in excess of 150mph and 0  60mph taking just 6.3 seconds. The car was as refined as it was fast.

It wasn't long before the German tuning houses got to work on the new model, and along with AMG and Brabus, Lorinser introduced a range of engine upgrades, new wheels and sports body kits. With a multi celebrity client list, Lorinser were established globally and customers could pick and choose which elements they wished to have installed in their cars.

This 1990 example was imported from Japan where it had received the attention of Lorinser Japan. No records exist as to the level of the conversion, suffice it to say that the wheels are Lorinser examples, and it appears to have been fitted with a styling kit. The vendor reports that the performance is truly amazing, however is unable to confirm if any tuning work was undertaken during the conversion. Complete with hard top, MOT until May 2012 and with only 100,000km showing on the odometer (62,500 miles), the vendor reports that it drives very well indeed, however wishes to point out that the driver's window is currently sticking and it makes a slight ticking noise in reverse. Altogether a most distinctive car.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number068
Estimate£6500-£7500
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1990
Condition rating0
Registration numberH3 JNW
Mileage-
Chassis numberWDB12906625021310
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)4973
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2