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Sold for: £132,000
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• Right-hand drive, 12,700 miles only, in gleaming Obsidian Black with classic red leather
• 6.2-Litre V8. Roof-hinged Gullwing doors pay homage to the iconic 300SL
• Impressive service history. Most recent in August 2019 and only a few miles since
• Structured and panelled entirely in aluminium, lightweight carbon-fibre driveshafts
• No better way to describe this vehicle other than truly breathtaking, it really is special
There's something utterly beguiling about a large capacity V8 and the one you'll find under the bonnet of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is an absolute peach. It's a 6.2-litre unit and was the first V8 from the AMG stable to be designed from the ground up, with its initial application being in the E63 super-saloon. The engine was further developed for the SLS with a dry-sump set-up utilising 120 unique parts and, in this guise, could muster a very healthy 563bhp. It's a simply superb engine and even when running on part throttle it rumbles and crackles like distant thunder and lightning. It's mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission complete with a 'Race Start' launch-control system enabling a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.8secs and a top speed of 197mph.
The SLS is one of those machines that had modern-classic written all over it from the moment it first saw the light of day and, whilst it was the first car to be fully designed by AMG in-house, it was sadly the last to be fitted with a naturally aspirated V8. However, it wasn't just a case of prodigious power and retro-inspired styling that made the SLS a modern icon as, when 'EVO Magazine' pitched it up against some pretty serious rivals, it won the motoring press over with its blend of all-round ability and everyday usability. Pitched head-to-head with Aston's V12 Vantage, Ferrari's 599 HGTE and the evergreen Porsche 911 Turbo 'S', the AMG's depth of talent won the day.
The SLS on offer here is a right-hand drive example that’s only covered 12,700 miles from new (at the time of cataloguing) and is finished in the striking combination of Obsidian Black with Classic Red leather. The digital service report in the cars accompanying history file states that it has been serviced six times in its short life, with the most recent documented in August 2019 at Waterhouse Chelmsford Service Centre at an indicated mileage of 12,665 miles. Supplied with two sets of keys and an MOT valid until January 2021 this is an absolutely immaculate example with serious presence.
There is no better way to describe this special vehicle other than 'truly breathtaking'. We feel that it's being offered at a realistic guide price when you consider the quality and performance on offer and, as production ceased in 2014 and Mercedes-AMG have elected not to replace the car, we can only surmise what will happen to values. We commend this fabulous car for your attention.