2005 Mercedes V6 Convertible Auto
Reg. no. CE55 FDF
Chassis no. WDB2304672F096113
Engine no. 11297331928669
The R230 generation of the Mercedes SL was over six years in development before it went into production; no stone was left unturned in the quest to make it as good as it could be, and this was one of the first Mercedes cars to be designed with significant help from a supercomputer – located in the ‘CAVE’ – Computer Aided Virtual Environment – which is where Mercedes’ boffins then gathered to inspect every aspect of the 3D-rendered car that the supercomputer produced. Running parallel to a traditional design process, using clay models and so on, this double-headed approach meant Mercedes were very confident in the R230’s merits when it was finally launched in 2002. Their confidence was justified as the car was extremely well received by the motoring press. A notable advance over previous SL models was the folding hardtop, which meant the car offered all the advantages of a coupe and convertible without the need for a removable hardtop.
This 2005 R230 is the SL350 model, with the 242bhp 3.7 litre V6. In a rare colour of blue – at this time, don’t forget, most cars were silver – it is a particularly striking example, and should be just the ticket for roof-down summer drives. In good all-round condition, it has recently benefitted from new front springs, refurbished wheels and two new batteries. It comes with full-service history, and has covered 3000 miles since its last service, 148,000 in total. It comes with a V5C and an MOT until July.
Extra details and estimates:
£5,750 - 6,250
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