Mercedes R129 SL500 Silver Arrow
- Mileage: 51,123
- Year: 2002
- MOT Expiry: August 2018
- Exterior Colour: Silver Arrow Metallic (777)
- Interior Colour: Silver / Black Nappa Leather
- Top speed: 155
- 0-60mph: 6.1
- BHP: 320
- Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 4999cc
- Engine Configuration: V8
Designed and built as a grand tourer the SL was first introduced in 1954. The designation SL derives from the German "Sport Lightweight" and was first applied to the 300SL Gullwing. The SL model range is still in production today and has spanned five generations of models from 1954 to the present day.
The R129 as featured here is the fourth generation of car and was built from 1989-2002. Featuring a shorter wheelbase and updated rear suspension over its predecessor, the R107, the R129 was quick to introduce model updates and featured a large amount of styling, mechanical, and technological updates over its 12 year life span.
The R129 shot to the public's attention in 1991 when Diana, Princess of Wales sold her Jaguar to purchase a 500SL. This sparked a media storm as this was the first time a member of the royal family had chosen a foreign car. The media questioned whether British royalty should be driving foreign cars and eventually due to pressure she was forced to return the car to Mercedes-Benz in 1992. The car now features in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
In 2002, by the time the R129 series came to an end, Mercedes released a final special edition of the SL500/SL600 named the Silver Arrow to celebrate the long heritage of Mercedes race cars. The Silver Arrow name was first used in the 1930s, when a Mercedes Benz racecar weighed-in at 4.5lbs over the racing class weight limit. To overcome this issue the race team decided to strip the car of all its paintwork, exposing its shining aluminium skin as well as shedding the necessary weight. Since the Mercedes-Benz racecars have all been known as Silver Arrows.
The 2002 special edition comes with a host of extra equipment including Silver Arrow ultra-metallic paint, a fully-lined black soft top, brushed aluminium instrument cluster, black bird's-eye maple wood trim, and aluminium trim on the wind deflector, shift gate, pedals, grille, and trunk lid. In addition were new six-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and factory-drilled brake rotors front and rear.
Silver Arrow edition (P30), Removable panoramic hardtop with sunblind, Removable aluminium hardtop, Electrically adjustable front seats with memory (241/242), Automatically dipping inside rear view mirror (249), Electric heated and folding door mirrors (500/501), Rear seats (565), Headlamp wiper/washer (600), Xenon headlamps (617), Black soft top fabric (740), Becker Europa radio (750), AMG styling package: front spoiler, side skirts, and rear apron (772), Alpine CD changer (819), Heated front seats (873), First-aid kit, Spare wheel, Cup holders, Spare key.
The limited edition Silver Arrow is coated in a beautiful, ultra-metallic silver paint (777). Under our showroom lights the deep metallic flake looks sensational on this example. All of the paintwork is in excellent condition and remains free from any scratches or swirl marks. Every contour and angle of the car's bodywork is perfectly straight, with no evidence of poor repair or unsightly door dings.
The SL is equipped with a desirable panoramic hardtop plus an additional aluminium hardtop, the matching silver paintwork remaining in wonderful condition on both. For the warmer months, the car boasts an immaculate black soft top that can be operated at the touch of a button.
The interior space of the Silver Arrow has a classy ambiance, comprising of black and silver two-tone Nappa Leather upholstery. The seats remain in excellent condition with only the lightest of wrinkles to be found on the surface; they are also free from any wear to the bolsters. The rear seats are in perfect un-worn condition, still feeling soft and plush.
The two-tone leather theme continues to the door panels, steering wheel, and gear knob. Meanwhile, the centre console sports beautiful black bird's-eye maple wood trim; the majority of the switchgear can be found here as well as the contrasting aluminium gear gate. The instrument cluster is finished with the same aluminium trim, all of which is unique to the limited edition Silver Arrow.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Under the bonnet lies the magnificent 5-litre Mercedes-Benz V8, producing over 300hp and launching the SL to 60 mph in a swift 6.1 seconds. This example is in excellent mechanical condition having always been maintained at the correct intervals by both main dealers and Mercedes specialists. It was most recently serviced at 50k miles.
The Silver Arrow utilises the intelligent Mercedes electric 5-speed automatic gearbox, which adapts the timing of the changes to the changes in road gradient, as well as syncing with an individuals driving style in fully automatic mode.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The split-rim six-spoke 18-inch alloys help to set the Silver Arrow apart and look sensational with their highly polished lip. All of the wheels are in excellent shining condition with no lacquer damage to be found whatsoever. The wheels are shod in Pirelli P-Zero tyres at the front and Continental tyres on the rear, all of which have a good amount of tread remaining. Both front and rear discs and pads were replaced at 44k miles by John Haynes Auto technics; having done only 7k miles since they still feel strong and responsive, pulling the SL up quickly and smoothly.
The Silver Arrow was first registered on the 8th of March 2002 and comes with a desirable "SL" private registration plate. In the maintenance booklet there are seven service stamps; the first four entries are by Mercedes main dealers, and the last three have been carried out by Mercedes specialists with invoices to match. The history file also contains all the dealer-supplied handbooks, a period Mercedes-Benz accessories portfolio, numerous tax discs, plus MOT certificates to verify the mileage.
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