1995 Mercedes-Benz SL72 AMG
AMG first redesign of Mercedes Benz flagship 500SL came about in 1991 when AMG was still privately owned. By 1992 the open-top AMG variant was now being offered as the SL60 AMG. These were the most numerous of the AMG models being built and sold and they were available from 1993 to 1998. These all used a 6.0-liter, 376 horsepower V8 engines. Further tuning saw bhp rise to 405/410bhp using the same 6.0-liter V8 engine.
In 1995 AMG made available to a select few clients their most powerful speciality vehicle ever produced. This was the legendary SL72. These used an all-new variation of the M120 E72, 12-cylinder engine which had a 7,055cc displacement and they now produced an incredible 525bhp and an astounding 740NM torque! These special AMG built engines used titanium connecting rods but despite their exotic nature, these V12 monsters were utterly reliable and were all given the same warranty as a regular production SL600 sold by Mercedes Benz directly.
The SL72 designation was used initially when orders were first received for modification to a standard SL600. At that time the higher output engine could be ordered and fitted to three different MB vehicles, the R129 Roadster or C140 or W140 sedans and coupes. By the end of 1995, the SL72 designation was dropped on the R129 platform and production ended with just 35 examples having been completed, 25 of which were purchased in a package deal by the Sultan of Brunei.
Do to the incredible built cost of the SL 72/73, AMG offered a less exotic and more affordable variant from 1998 to 2001. This was given the designation SL70. The SL70 used a more tame and “detuned” version of the 7.0-liter engine. These were still very impressive machines, producing just shy of 500bhp from an engine with a slightly smaller bore and stroke and standard steel-alloy connecting rods rather than the titanium ones used in the SL72 and SL73.
As a testament to just how incredible the engineering was behind the SL 72/73s, when famed engineer Horacio Pagani was in search for a power train for his new Pagani Zonda he made a licensing and purchase agreement with AMG to acquire SL 72/73 V12 engines for use in the Zonda SuperCar.
The original Mercedes and AMG Production Documents and German and Japanese Road-Registration documents and provide the following information on this particular SL72:
Order No 0 4 231 03060
Production No 3065959 3
Production Plant Code 0670 Bremen, Germany
Completed March 10th, 1995
Shipped March 23rd, 1995
German Title No BC484158
AMG Serial No A017 (17th of 35 examples completed)
Chassis No WDB1290761F117824
Engine No 129 981 12 005947 / 120 981 12 031331
Gearbox No 722621 01 472385
Exterior Color Code 149 (Polar White)
Interior Color Code 271A (Black, Full Leather)
Option Code 216 ADS (Adaptive Active Suspension System)
Option Code 281 390mm Sport Steering Wheel and Gear Shift in Leather
Option Code 404 Orthopedic Sports Seat Left
Option Code 405 Orthopedic Sports Seat Right
Option Code 406 Options 404 and 405 Combined
Option Code 551 Anti-Theft / Anti-Break in Warning System
Option Code 565 Rear Seat System and Rear Seat Belt System
Option Code 592 Tinted Green Heat Insulated Glass, Heated Rear Window and Band Filter
Option Code 652 8-Hole Light Alloy Wheels
Option Code 682 Fire Extinguisher
Option Code 740 Folding Top Fabric color code 9001 in Black
Option Code 761 Radio with Special Tuning Package
Option Code 882 Interior Protection with Anti-Towing Protection
This particular SL 72 was ordered and completed new on March 10th, 1995 and delivered to AMG for upgrade to full SL72 specifications on March 23rd, 1995. At the time of completion, a new German Road Registration and Title document, No. “BC484158” was issued which confirms the completion date of March 10th, 1995 at the Mercedes Benz Factory. It further documents that supplemental work prior to being sold new was accomplished in accordance with German Road-Registraiton Rules. These included the fitting of an "AMG M120-7.2” engine and other upgrades and work and the issuing of a supplemental AMG serial number, “A017.” The AMG upgrade to full SL72 specifications was completed on July 13th, 1995 and certified road-legal and available for road-registration one week later on July 24th of the same year.
This vehicle was ready for retail delivery to the first owner on July 24th, 1995 at which time it was immediately exported as a new vehicle by AMG to Japan. It was then sold new on August 7th, 1995 and initially registered to a private museum collection on August 8th, 1995 on Japanese plates "34 7935.” The original Japanese department of motor vehicle records confirm the model designation “AMG72” and that it was fitted from new with a “7.05” liter engine.
Additional Japanese registration records confirm ownership and registration thereafter in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2015 when the registration was changed to Japanese plates "399 5295.” The Japanese records further confirm mileage statements showing that in 2004, this AMG had covered 31,500 kilometers and in 2006 when it was sold to the second owner, the mileage was now recorded at 49,000 kilometers. All of the records identify the vehicle as an “AMG72” with “7.05” liter engine. Our company then purchased this AMG with total mileage now recorded at 58,544 kilometers from new.
This AMG SL72 is one of just 35 examples completed and one of only 10 sold privately. This is a completely rust and accident free example with just two owners from new and known history going back to the original ordering details. All services are completely current and up to date and this vehicle is fully legal for road-registration and use in the States and of course any European nation.
This is the sole example ever legally imported to the States. It is as such an incredibly rare opportunity to acquire AMGs rarest flagship model!
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