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Lot 014: Mercedes-Benz SL280

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Launched in 1989, the W129-series took the fabled Mercedes SL range to new heights of technical excellence. Traditionally the most sporting model of the MB line-up, the SL was the preserve of the rich and famous when new and many F1 drivers used them as day-to-day cars in the early nineties, Ayrton Senna included. From the poetic motion of the electric soft-top hood to the roll bar that automatically flipped up if the car sensed an accident, the cars oozed sophistication with all the latest technology such as adaptive suspension with active damping, airbags, traction control, air con and a superb new five-link rear suspension all as standard. A wide range of engines were available from a 6-litre V12 to the creamy smooth 2.8-litre straight-six you see here. With 204bhp on tap, it could waft to 60 in around 9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 141mph with up to 33mpg economy. Dating from March 1999, this dark metallic red example has covered just 64,800 miles from new with a full service history, all six stamps in the book by Mercedes-Benz Brighton, the last only 3,500 miles ago. Fitted with the expensive Panoramic glass hardtop option, it has a beige leather interior and comes with all its original handbooks and most old MOTs to warrant the mileage. Said to drive beautifully it has an MOT until May 2013.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number014
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1999
Condition rating
Registration numberT451 LLE
Mileage-
Chassis numberWDB1290582F137926
Engine number10494322006243
Engine capacity (cc)2799
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2