Lot 358 - 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,160|
The Mercedes R107 was launched in 1971 and production continued through to 1989, being the longest single series ever produced by the firm, besides the G-Class utility vehicle. The R107 replaced the W113 Pagoda SL in 1972 and was replaced by the R129 SL in 1989. The R107 had the longest run of any Mercedes chassis, built for 18 years from 1971 to 1989. Some 237,000 R107 SL's were built and about two thirds were sold in the US. The car was essentially a two seater sports car although a small seating arrangement was available behind the front seats. Mercedes-Benz offered a number of engine choices over the years, the first cars in 1971 having the 350 engine, a V8 3.5 litre unit fitted. By 1973 a larger 4.5 litre V8 was available, constructed primarily for the US market and in 1974 the 280 engine was introduced, a 2.8 litre straight six which was probably more suitable for the European market given the petrol crisis during that period.
Supplied new by Reliance Motors, Chingford, (Mercedes-Benz specialists), this attractively presented example, in Anthracite Grey with a matching black leather interior (with headrests), is very well appointed. Not only does it come with the original factory third rear seat but also a matching hardtop and soft top in excellent condition. Cruise control has been specified as well Mexican Hat alloy wheels, central locking and correct Blaupunkt Toronto stereo with manual and case. Contained within the history file are 24 service records with the most recent due to take place immediately prior to the sale. A 10 month MoT test certificate will also accompany this well looked after example, timeless design and good history make for sound classic car investment.
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.