September Sale 2018

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SL (R129)

Lot No.: 345

Registration: K753 RLA
Chassis Number: wdb1290762f076349
Engine Number: 12098122001754
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 5973
Year of Manufacture: 1992
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 40,000 - 50,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
  •  Introduction year 600SL R129 with the desirable 389 bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine
  •  One owner and showing a believed genuine 6,831 miles on the odometer
  •  Finished in Metallic Red over a beige leather interior
  •  Will be serviced at a Mercedes-Benz main dealer prior to the sale

 

In 1989, Mercedes Benz introduced the fourth generation of their sporting SL model, the R129, which was supplied in Europe with several engine options and named accordingly. Basic models were the 190hp three-litre, inline six-cylinder 300SL with 12 valves and the 228hp, three-litre, inline six cylinder with 24 valves, known as the 300SL-24, but it was the 322hp 500SL with a five-litre V8 engine, which made the headlines. The specification was high with electric windows, mirrors, seats and roof. The R129 model was the first convertible/roadster to offer the automatic roll-bar deployment in event of a rollover, although the motorist could also manually raise and lower the roll-bar should he choose to thus facilitating the clean look of the R129 without compromising the occupant's safety. A 389hp, 6-litre V12 engined SL600 topped the range, introduced in 1992 as the 600SL, it was then re-named the SL600 in 1994.

This early 600SL was supplied new in December 1992 through Mercedes-Benz in Colindale, London to a Royal Household – the current owner and our vendor. Finished in a beautiful red metallic over a beige leather interior, the car is also accompanied by its body colour matching hardtop. 

A service book included in the file records two stamps, but due to the nature of ownership, all maintenance has been carried out either in-house or locally. This stunning car has not been overused in the past 26 years and shows just 6,831 miles on the odometer. Although we can’t warrant this mileage, we do believe it to be correct and commensurate with its single ownership and condition. Prior to the sale, the car will be serviced at a Mercedes-Benz Main dealer and will be sold with a fresh MoT. 

As the years go by R129s are becoming less plentiful and one or two models within the range are becoming quite scarce. The 600SL V12 is amongst those and this smart example, on offer for the very first time in its life, will certainly attract some interest.