2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
Powerful 5.0 V8 with panoramic glass roof; much recent expenditure and veteran of many enjoyable UK tours
Dating from January 2003 this earlier R230 series features the powerful 306bhp 5.0 V8 and is finished in Brilliant silver with contrasting anthracite leather interior and silver dash trim, ABC air suspension, automatic transmission with tiptronic option, automatic lights with headlamp wash and also the optional and desirable panoramic glass and metal folding roof.
The car sits on attractive 18inch AMG 5-spoke alloy wheels, which suit the car better than the more 'standard' 17inch options available in the day. Showing just over 100,000 miles, the car looks in good order and has been enjoyed on various UK classic car tours through his tour business.
The history file includes the V5C, old V5, duplicate service book showing 9 entries, a mix of stamps and hand written entries. Some are however feint, it looks like the book has got wet and been dried out at some point - the last entry looks to be in 2017 at 92,194 miles along with a letter from MB confirming three additional main dealer services in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
The current MOT runs until June 2021 and shows just one minor advisory for play in steering rack inner joint, offside, a further seven old MOT certificates accompany this. Invoices on file include a monster bill for some £3,543 in October 2018 for overhaul of the air suspension by MB Neyland plus two new batteries in August this year and four new catalysts just recently in October 20 along with new discs, pads and callipers at the same time.
Appearing eminently usable with a fortune spent on upkeep this surely bodes well for the new owner, permitting turn key motoring in all weathers with that lovely retractable panoramic glass roof and heated seats to ensure year-round enjoyment top up, or top down.
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