Lot 316 - 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||176,268 miles|
|Estimate||£4,500 - £6,500|
|Result||Sold - £4,704|
Introduced early in 1971, this impressive two-seater sports car replaced the 280SL. The body and chassis of the 3rd generation SL was considerably heavier and longer than its predecessor, but still showed a slight 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-dive control at the front and a diagonal swing axle at the rear, four-speed 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 roof. The R107 body shape went on to become one of the longest running styles from Mercedes-Benz, remaining in production until 1989 with some 13 variants during the production run.
Originally registered on 4th February 1982, this 380SL benefits from having a recent exhaust system and hood. The gold coachwork is in good order as is the chestnut leather trim, VPG 521X has the desirable rear seat fitted and comes with the hard top for winter use. The current vendor is a classic car enthusiast and we are advised that this fine example drives exactly as she should with no known faults. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate, given the rise in R107 prices of late this one looks to be outstanding value.
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