- Mercedes SL320 W129
- 3.2 litre V6 engine
- Superb, highly specified interior
- Extensive service history.
The W129 Mercedes-Benz SL320 was launched in 1989 as a replacement to the R107. Based on a shortened chassis from the W124 saloon the SL320 was technologically very advanced. The model featured a standard removable hard top which could be raised at the touch of a button and removed to reveal a fully electronic soft top. So advanced was the SL320 that many now standard safety features on convertible cars such as the pop-up roll over hoop and a height-adjustable safety-belt systems were first featured on this model.
The design was totally new and a credit to its Italian designer Bruno Saco but over the years the car was developed further and the later models such as the car offered here featured air-conditioning, cruise control, a panoramic roof, heat-insulating tinted glass, heated adjustable seats and 6-disc CD auto-changer as well as stability control systems – both ABS and traction control.
This SL320 is fitted with the later V6 full alloy engine rather than the original straight 6. With the newer M104 3.2 L 24-valve direct overhead cam (DOHC) power increases to 228 hp giving the car a respectable top speed of 149 mph. This is coupled to the updated 5 speed electronic automatic transmission rather than the out-dated 4 speed hydraulic version. The later cars also benefitted from the revised body styling and colour coded lower body panels.
An upgraded interior featured Nappa leather replacing the perforated leather. The new leather combined with chrome-bevelled instruments, new air conditioning controls and light burr walnut gave the car a more modern look and remains a luxurious, comfortable environment today.
THIS MOTOR CAR
This particular example comes with the benefit of all the original books and an extensive service history from new with 11 stamps in the book and ten years of invoices. Presented in superb condition and with only 48k miles, this outstanding Mercedes-Benz SL320 is now for sale and available for immediate inspection at The Classic Motor Hub.