Lot 246 - 1978 Mercedes-Benz 350SL

Lot 246 - 1978 Mercedes-Benz 350SL

Lot 246 - 1978 Mercedes-Benz 350SL

Lot Number 246
Registration LGH 272T
Chassis Number 10704322013862
Engine Number 11698422002864
Odometer reading 97,950 miles
Estimate £5,500 - £7,500

Introduced early in 1971, this impressive two-seater sports car replaced the 280SL. The body and chassis of the 3rd generation Mercedes-Benz SL was considerably heavier and longer than its predecessor but still showed a resemblance to them. The front and rear axles were similar to those of the 200-250 models, with independent wheel suspension using double wishbones and anti-drive control at the front and a diagonal swing axle at the rear. A four speed fluid-coupling automatic transmission was available as an option. The 3.5 litre, V8 engine underwent slight modifications to those being used on other models and the gear shift lever was placed on the floor in the centre of the car. The standard transmission provided a top speed of 130mph and a very respectable 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds. As with the previous generation SL's, the vehicle came as an open roadster with removable hard top and went on to become one of the longest running styles from Mercedes-Benz.

This particular 350SL has been in the same family for 14 years and is described by the vendor as excellent to drive. Supplied with the car is a good history file confirming the vehicle has been well maintained by both franchised dealers and, in later years, independent specialists. Finished in white with a pale olive interior, this automatic example is supplied with a hard top roof together with a V5 Registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 27th July 2012. A fine opportunity to purchase an elegant touring sports car at a realistic price.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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