This is an exceptionally well presented example of the Mercedes R129 SL320 Roadster. A UK Dealer only 'Special Edition' from1998;a limited number were created for the SL320 and SL500. For the SL320 it marked the 'end' of the super smooth straight six...tracing its lineage back to Mercedes famous sporting past. (subsequent SL320's used a powertrain compromising a new 18 valve V6 configuration. Better economy...but so much less smooth(and no historical provenance) The Special Edition includes a series of highly desirable options: a special blue hue complemented by a light grey Nappa leather interior(as here including the rear '+2' configuration). Wood and leather steering wheel;17" Speedline Spoked Alloys; complementary blue soft top. Topped off with commemorative 'Special Edition' idents to interior and full length stainless steel kick plates. This particular car has had but two family ownership...the most recent owner acquiring the vehicle almost ten years ago from his uncle (who was strictly speaking the second of three registred owners). Showing just over 80000 miles it has a full Mercedes Benz main dealer service history with last full service undertaken in mid 2019. Last MOT in August of 2020 with an advisory on the age of the tyres (since renewed all round). Used as a strictly 'summer use only' by its last owner...and only ever hand washed the paintwork is factory fresh(with an interior that presents almost as new). A look under the bonnet reveals the 24 valve 3.2 litre straight 6 in all its glory. The driver door pillar carries the identity plate and reveals all: Daimler Benz. This car was made well before the alliance with Chrysler and was engineered with DB's no money spared/safety first culture evident. Brightwork to highest standards and little to no use of plastics. This car comes with all original handbooks; two keys; fully stamped service record; original tool roll. Every MOT included to authenticate the mileage: with so many 'tired' SLs on the market given its long production cycle its pleasing to see a 20+ year old well cared for modern classic. Period correct top of the range Blaupunkt New York (includes CD) with 5 speed auto and... with the removable air screen in place behind the seats. Effortless cruising at beyond UK motorway speeds and normal conversation shames so many more modern 'cabrio's'. For all year round motoring the optional hardtop comes into its own: even has the fully functioning rear glass demister to rely upon.
This model and this car in particular represents just how beautifully engineered cars could be when used as a showcase for excellence.