Lot 316 - 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
|Odometer reading||64,360 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,640|
Mercedes-Benz have been producing an SL (Sport Leicht) model or range of models since 1954 when the landmark 300SL was unveiled. The similarly styled, but mechanically unrelated, 190 followed in 1955, completing the first generation of cars. The second generation SL's began with the 230 in 1963. It was distinguished by its lower waistline, big curved screens and a distinctive optional hardtop that earned the model its nickname of `pagoda top'. Over its nine years of production, the second generation SL's engine grew in capacity from 2.3 litres (230SL) to 2.5 litres (250SL) and finally to 2.8 litres (280SL). The larger, third generation SL was launched in 1971, initially with just a 3.5-litre engine (350SL) mated to four-speed automatic transmission. The car featured a two-door monocoque body shell with independent suspension all round - double wishbone, coil springs and anti-roll bar at the front and semi-trailing arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar at the rear. The power assisted steering was Daimler-Benz's own recirculating ball system. Braking was by discs all round - ventilated on the front. Over its seventeen year reign, the R107 range was powered by no less than eight different engines - two sizes of straight-six unit and six versions of Mercedes-Benz's silky smooth 90-degree V8.
This stunning example has been owned and enjoyed by the current vendor since 1999. Finished in white and complemented by black leather trim, this makes a very elegant sports car. Supplied with a good history file, and benefitting from a new hood it is easy to identify this Mercedes-Benz as a much loved part of the family. The genuine Mercedes-Benz hardtop is also supplied with the car, together with a V5 document and a full years MoT test certificate. Certainly one of the best Mercedes-Benz SL's we have seen for a long time.
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