first owned by Sir Stirling Moss OBE
1990 Mercedes 500SL for sale with H&H Classics at Duxford
silver arrow KNOWN FOR slicing through London traffic sold with ‘No Reserve’
Damian Jones, of H&H Classics, remembers as a lad driving with his father in Central London and having this car (then registered as ‘7SM’) slice past at considerable speed, and his father’s amused response: “One can’t object to being cut up by Stirling Moss!”
Reputedly capable of over 150mph and 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds, it was nevertheless a paragon of refinement.
Now history has come full circle and one of Damian’s colleagues Roger Nowell has brought this car to sale with H&H Classics on June 19th at Duxford, Imperial War Museum.
Ordered new by Sir Stirling Moss OBE and initially registered as ‘7SM’, (now on ‘H7SMX’) this is a car with a fascinating provenance that will allow the new owner to say he or she is sharing a driving seat with one of Britain’s motor racing legends.
The car was a special order to Sir Stirling’s requirements which are documented and come with this lot. It has a soft top as well as a factory hardtop and its stand. The car has only done 62,000 warranted miles and was pictured with Stirling Moss in the book of ‘Great Drives in the Lakes and Dales’
Faster, harder-edged and more driver-orientated than its R107 predecessor, the Mercedes-Benz R129-series SL was launched at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show. Filled with cutting-edge technology, its impressively rigid two-door monocoque shell featured an integral rollover bar that deployed in less than a third of a second (if the car ever sensed an impending flip) and a fully automatic convertible roof.
Known for its sure-footed handling, the R129 utilised all-round independent suspension, ABS brakes and power-assisted steering. Propelled by a variety of six- and eight-cylinder engines all allied to an automatic transmission, it was the sports car of choice for many contemporary F1 drivers.
The range’s initial flagship, the 500 SL model marked the debut of Mercedes’ four-valve-per-cylinder, dual-overhead camshaft V8 powerplants with variable valve timing. Thus, its 4973cc V8 was credited with 326bhp and 332lbft of torque.
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