Lot 388 - 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Lot 388 - 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Lot 388 - 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Lot Number 388
Registration HTT569Y
Chassis Number WDB10704222016115
Engine Number 11099022003130
Odometer reading 60,688 miles
Estimate £6,500 - £9,500
Result Sold - £7,280

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 recalculating 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 very nice righthand drive Mercedes-Benz 300SL has been owned and enjoyed by the vendor for the last ten years. Finished in red with matching hard top and complemented by maroon leather trim with the optional rear seats, this makes for a very elegant sports car. The vendor believes that the 60700 miles is genuine with the support of old MoT test certificates. The 300SL is supplied with a V5C registration documents, a new MoT test certificate and a file containing some history and the old MoT test certificates. The perfect car for the coming summer.

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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