Rapidly accelerating in appreciation the R230 SL is the archetypical of what the Germans would describe as a ‘Youngtimer classic’. This example, a post-2006 face-lifted 2007 model exemplifies that, representing an affordable way to enjoy a fantastic automobile at a fraction of the price of its ‘Oldtimer’ predecessors. With little over 49,000 miles on its odometer, this 2007 SL 500 presents beautifully, having been looked after carefully by its four former owners.
Having previously been sold by SLSHOP, it’s undergone our meticulous healthcheck and passed with flying colours. Finished in Bright Blue Metallic, with a Grey Semi Aniline Nappa Leather interior, this the perfect introduction to SL ownership, whether you’re after a classy daily driver or something to keep for special occasions and weekend drives.
Green is the colour when looking down the checklist on our SLSHOP healthcheck for this SL 500, with everything in order. Visually it’s impeccable inside and out, its condition such you really could be rolling out our showroom like it’s 2007. Sadly, it’s not, but the 49,000 miles it’s covered have been extremely easy on it, and in the 17 years since it was delivered new depreciation makes this once circa-£80,000 (before options) car an affordable, accessible, and appreciating classic.
It’s obvious that there’s been plenty of care lavished on this car throughout its life, but someone’s been a bit careless with its original history file. There’s a duplicate service book with the car, and it’s been stamped over the past, three years, it accompanied by a pile of receipts underlining its meticulous upkeep since. Having inspected the car here there’s no doubt that this car’s been looked after throughout its entire life, it likely that its heated washer jets were never been troubled by anything as grubby as a cold winter’s day, and the glass folding roof has spent the majority of its life down. Indeed, this car looks like it’s barely been used such is its fine condition. It’s had its alloy wheels refurbished recently, and it’s also benefitted from new brake discs and pads all-round in the past three years, this an SL 500 that’s ready to drive out of the showroom and enjoyed and upkept as its previous owners have.
The R230 SL presents an enticing opportunity to enjoy SL ownership before the market runs the prices for examples as good as this ever upwards. The SL 500 really is the perfect all-rounder, too, quick and engaging enough to be exciting to drive, while relaxed and refined enough for a lengthy, easy road trip. The 5.5-litre V8’s 383hp delivers real pace when you want it, the smooth 7-speed automatic shifting imperceptibly, the ABC (Active Body Control) suspension delivering a supple ride but fine control. A huge amount of car for very little, we’re seeing ever more R230 SLs here, though few in this sort of condition, this Youngtimer perfectly poised to become a coveted Oldtimer as the years advance, just as its predecessors have done so.