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2002 Mercedes-Benz (R230) SL500
This 2002 Mercedes-Benz (R230) SL500 is a desirable specification of Mercedes’ enduring roadster. Under the bonnet is a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre M113 V8 engine, with outputs totalling 225kW/460Nm. Drive is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission which sends the SL500 from zero to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds. This example currently displays 119,453km on the odometer.
The Mercedes-Benz SL is one of the German marque’s longest-running model lines, tracing its origins to the 300SL Gullwing which was designed for the ultimate in luxuriousness and touring. There have now been seven generations of Mercedes-Benz SL, but this R230 is the fifth-generation car unveiled in 2001. The R230 make its debut sporting the first-ever folding hard-top roof for a Mercedes-Benz, a suite of high-end technologies including air suspension, and a lightweight aluminium body. Because it’s designed as a roadster from the ground up, the SL500 suffers from very little body shake which often plagues convertibles. This is why many consider the R230 as a genuine sporting car, in addition to its luxuriousness.
This car features a smart black on black specification with burr walnut trim inside the cabin. It is fitted with appointments such as heated and ventilated electric memory seats, 10-disc CD stacker, cooled glovebox, adaptive headlights, auto-levelling suspension, active body control, and a wind deflector. It currently sits on a set of black 20-inch wheels with a silver lip, which are wrapped in a set of Boto Vantage H8 tyres.
This Australian delivered example was complied in August 2002. The owner suggests the car has passed through four or five owners since, and has enjoyed full logbook servicing since new. Maintenance work has been completed between official Mercedes-Benz service centres as well as a variety of specialist independents, with the last major work undertaken in May 2021. This was a major service which included everything that needed work, such as the air suspension and Vario Roof. Receipts can be supplied. The most recent service was a routine annual check in December 2021 were a new main and auxiliary battery were fitted.
The exterior condition of this car is good for its age, with complete paintwork looking largely unblemished and exterior trim showing minimal signs of wear and tear. Some light swirl marks are observed in some areas, though the finish is considered to be commensurate with the car’s age and mileage. Minor paint fade is seen on the rear pillar, noticeable when the roof is up, while some scratching is observed under the front bumper. Slight curb damage is identified on two wheels, though the tyres are brand new.
The interior is nicely presented, displaying minimal signs of wear and tear. Only slight creasing and scuffing is seen on the driver’s seat bolsters, while the remaining panels of the two seats retain the original shape. In terms of the trim, minute scratching is seen around the light switch, but the remaining plastic and woodgrain accents present in fine condition. The mirror cover under the driver’s sun visor is broken and the cigarette lighter lid won’t stay closed. This car is fitted with an aftermarket Bluetooth system.
A suite of accompanying documentation and receipts detail this car’s history and will provided with the car along with 2 keys.
This listing is to the best of the sellers knowledge and is not misleading or deceptive in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number. It is also not recorded as stolen or written off.
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