A Mercedes-Benz SL owner has found that losing a car’s keys could be less of a burden than expected.
The owner of a new Mercedes-Benz SL500 lost the car’s keys soon after it was bought for her as a present in 1996 and the vehicle was never moved again from its garage in Knightsbridge.
Fast-forward 21 years and the German sports car remains in a near-showroom condition, with just 80 miles on the clock.
It is now due to head to auction at the Coys Spring Classics event – and could fetch as much as £55,000 when it goes under the hammer.
Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “This is a car with a fantastic story! Purchased as a birthday present and driven only 80 miles before the 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.”
The car features a number of optional extras, including heated seats alongside a wood and leather steering wheel. It is powered by a M119 engine, which provides good levels of performance.
The Coys Spring Classics auction takes place this Wednesday at the Royal Horticultural Society in London. Other stars of the show include a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 and a completely restored 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Flat Floor Roadster.