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2001 Mercedes Benz R129 SL500 with Black Nappa leather

Brilliant Silver (777) with Black Nappa leather / SL500


Principal Facts:

This UK Silver Arrow Edition saw out R129 production in 2001 with some class. Just 1515 were made for the entire world, with just the 100 bound for the UK even more special still. To pay homage to one of the greatest Mercedes-Benz works drivers, UK Silver Arrows were personally endorsed by Sir Stirling Moss, with a certificate of authenticity signed by the great man. Incidentally, this car is number 59 of 100. 

Loaded with extras and comfort options, this run-out SL is a sumptuous and rapid machine that has an extra dimension of motorsport heritage. The car’s special edition status is reinforced not only by its Brilliant Silver Arrow Metallic shade (777), but also the reminders on both kick plates and the silhouette of Moss’ 1955 racer on the centre console cubby.  

Special editions are special for a reason. There’s so few of these last-of-line R129s out there that they were collector’s items from new. Time hasn’t seen them become any more numerous and we’d say the condition of ours makes it one of the best remaining. It boasts a wealth of history, showing plenty of on-going care, plus comes fresh off the back (500 miles ago) of a substantial A service (oil, brake fluid and bulbs) making it good to go. 

Condition Synopsis:

Having been cared for by just three former keepers – two of them long-term custodians – this limited-edition SL has survived its 22 years remarkably unaffected by the ravages of time and environment. The paintwork keeps its exceptional factory finish with barely a blemish. The observant will likely spot the tiny touched-in stone chips on the bonnet, but elsewhere, this Silver Arrow still looks as good as new.  The engine bay presents very well with a dry engine block that’s free from leaks, just visible under the vast plastic covers, themselves unmarked and glossy. There’s no cracked or damaged plastic or fixings common to this more modern era SL. The matching set of Continental Sport Contact 3 tyres are in great shape and are of 2015/’16 vintage. 

History File:

This Silver Arrow spent some of its life in Northern Ireland, where sadly much of the early paperwork remains, however one helpful Irish owner has provided two-A4 sheets of hand-written history. Clearly the conscientious type, he’s retained many of the following MoTs and service documents, so it’s far from a total loss.  Mainland UK owners have also kept hold of the paperwork as we have stamps in the service book charting visits from 2004 to the present. The most recent work saw TM Motors in Surrey carry out some diagnostic work on the central locking (now working) and to replace a leaking fuel pump – plus conduct a full service, including new wiper blades, in January 2023. We also carried out a four-wheel refurbishment recently, ensuring those rare part diamond-cut rims continue to look their best.

SLSHOP Summary:

Most R129s came well-equipped but this one’s still impressive even by modern standards. There are heated electric seats up front with three memory settings, a glass hardtop roof with working blinds, xenon headlamps, a CD changer in the boot, along with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, headlamp wash/wipe and a premium audio system.   This cosseting SL500 might have the comfort options ticked, but it’s also a lot more purposeful than the base machine upon which it’s derived, having been fitted with the AMG styling package. This consists of a more sporting front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser, giving this Silver Arrow racing visual appeal akin to its podium-taking ancestors.   
  • 41101
  • 2001
  • Automatic
  • Brilliant Silver (777)
  • Black Nappa leather
  • Petrol
  • Exempt

Inspection Report

Report Synopsis: The best example of the Silver Arrow on the market today




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