2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 (R230)
Sharp earlier R230 packing the 302Bhp 5.0 V8 and folding metal roof with nice spec showing just 59,860 miles; serviced Nov-21
Dating from March 2003 this earlier, pre-facelift R230 heralded a new design ethos and direction for Mercedes flag-ship cabriolet and incorporated for the first time in the SL’s history, a fully automated folding metal roof doing away with the traditional fabric top and removable hard-tops of old.
Under the bonnet of this pretty Telular silver example we find the beating heart, Merc’s proven M113 series 5.0 litre V8 engine developing 302Bhp and 460NM of torque driving the rear wheels via 5-speed automatic/tiptronic transmission resulting in exciting performance and a limited top speed of 155mph roof up, or down.
Sitting on its original 5-spoke 17inch alloy wheels, these earlier R230’s still looks sharp and sleek with comfortable seating for 2 and enough luggage space for touring or a weekend away. Inside, we find light grey leather with walnut trim, half-timbered steering wheel, head lamp wash, heated electric memory seats with adj. lumbar support, Comand navigation and in-car entertainment, CD changer, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, electric mirrors, automatic Xenon headlights, dual zone climate control with AC, parking sensors (Parktronic), stability control and adjustable air suspension with ABC (active body control).
The car presents well both inside and out for its nominal 59,860 miles bar a missing toggle for the electric mirror adjustment in the cabin and was driven to us from South Gloucestershire without issue by the vendor.
The history file includes the V5C showing 5-former keepers to the current of 5.5 years, owner’s pack with service book revealing 10 stamps, the last at 59,817 miles in November 2021 just prior to the sale in fact which bodes well for the new owner. In addition, the file also incudes a spare key, 1 old MOT and current ticket valid until November 2022 with no advisories recorded and as such, is ready to be enjoyed.
Buyers please note, the number plate pictured is not included and has been retained ahead of the sale by the vendor so will return to its age-related plate of CU03 NYF with new V5C enroute to us.
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