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81 Miles From New

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 that has been driven just 81 miles and stored in a Knightsbridge garage since new to be auctioned for 1,000% more than a normal example of its age

 

A Mercedes-Benz with a difference is to be auctioned on its twenty-first birthday on 12th April. The car to be offered is an SL500 that effectively has covered an average of just 3.9 miles per year during its lifetime and it is presented in “virtually new condition”.

 

Offered by Coys of Kensington, the Imperial Red with Mushroom leather two-seat roadster was bought from Normand of Mayfair and was only recently recommissioned after spending the vast majority of its life locked in a Knightsbridge garage.

 

Of the time warp car, Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys of Kensington, remarked:

 

“This is a car with a fantastic story. Purchased as a birthday present and driven only 81 miles before the [female] owner lost the keys and never drove it again. It even comes with a letter written by the owner’s butler verifying its mileage and its provenance”.

 

“Had she not lost the keys and used it regularly, we estimate it would now be worth between £5,000 to £7,000 ($6,200 to $8,700, €5,900 to €8,200 or درهم22,800 to درهم31,900), but the fact that it has kept such a low mileage and has not been driven in more than twenty years makes it worth between £45,000 and £55,000 ($56,000 to $68,000, €53,000 to €64,000 or درهم205,000 to درهم251,000)”.

 

“What happened with the keys remains a mystery but the car comes with new keys for the new owner”.

 

81 Miles From New – 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 that has covered just 81 miles since new to be auctioned by Coys of Kensington at their Spring Classics 2017 sale on 12th April with an estimate of £45,000 to £55,000 ($56,000 to $68,000, €53,000 to €64,000 or درهم205,000 to درهم251,000) 81 Miles From New – 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 that has covered just 81 miles since new to be auctioned by Coys of Kensington at their Spring Classics 2017 sale on 12th April with an estimate of £45,000 to £55,000 ($56,000 to $68,000, €53,000 to €64,000 or درهم205,000 to درهم251,000)

Comments

7 comments on “81 Miles From New”

  1. Insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not worth 50 cents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’d have to pay me to take it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scrap it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Oh, come on, Ethel!
      I can just see you and a felow member of the Haslemere Bowls Club bowling along to Farnham in it

  2. What can we say, she probably left the keys in her handbag, which would have been hanging from the the choke knob, so the thing would have stalled even if she had managed to get it started. Women drivers..

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