Brilliant Silver metallic with matching hardtop, black power hood, black leather interior, walnut trim, 5 speed automatic gearbox, climate control, ESP dynamic handling control, electric front seats, rear seats, leather steering wheel and gearknob, remote alarm/immobiliser/central locking, heated electric exterior mirrors, wind deflector, original 16 inch 8 hole alloy wheels, radio/CD player, all handbooks, tools, original first aid kit etc, FSH, 49,000 miles.
This is the entry level to the R129 SL range, but is none the worse for that, as by this time in the model’s life all the desirable features which had been extra cost options were incorporated into the standard specification. It also has the bonus of having the most fuel-efficient engine to be offered in this body style, which is a slightly smaller capacity version of the highly popular 3.2 litre straight six. The classic silver body colour with black leather suits this model perfectly. All aspects of the car including mechanics, paintwork, trim, soft top, wheels and tyres are in top condition. The car is unbadged, but should the new owner wish it to be identifiable as a 280 the correct boot lid badge can be fitted.
The car was supplied new by Monarch Mercedes-Benz of Tamworth in May 1997 to an owner in London. They kept it until around 2003, after which it had two owners in the Reading area. In December 2007 it moved to a consultant physician based in Nottingham, who has owned it until now.
After the PDI stamp from the supplying dealer there is one stamp from Normand Mercedes-Benz of Mayfair and three from Greenoaks MB of Reading. There follows one stamp from a non-franchised garage in Pangbourne, then two from an independent Mercedes specialist in Nottingham. This was only around 3,000 miles ago, but since it was over a year ago we have had it serviced again by our independent Mercedes specialist. The average actual service interval for the car’s entire life has been around 7,000 miles, as against the manufacturer’s recommended 9,000.
It is a lovely relaxing car to drive, with all controls taut and responsive as befits the careful maintenance and sympathetic use it has had. The 2.8 litre straight six engine is no slouch however, and when called upon can display an excellent turn of speed, with the ultra-surefooted handling and comfortable ride that this chassis is well known for.
We have commissioned a comprehensive mechanical check of the car by our independent Mercedes-Benz specialist. Any faults found have been remedied, and any required maintenance has been carried out (see above). Invoices for this work will be supplied with the car, along with our own warranty, details of which can be supplied on request.
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