Lot 226 - 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||76,000 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,176|
Introduced early in 1971, this impressive two-seater sports car replaced the 280SL. The body and chassis of the third generation SL was considerably heavier and longer than its predecessor but still showed a resemblance to them. 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. A range of engine size were available, one of the more powerful was the 4.5 litre unit.
One of the most iconic open top sports cars, this highly affordable lefthand drive example also benefits from a perfect hard-top for use during the winter months and a near-new folding soft-top for those unexpected showers during the summer months. A good history file details partial servicing and warrants the odometer reading. This lovely Ice White example, we are told, is totally original with no welding and little or no rust to be found alongside the lovely original interior presented in cream, this is an elegant way to solve the knotty problem of all-year round classic motoring.
Offered with an Irish log book a new owner would need to re-apply for a V5 registration for the UK roads but with such low mileage and described by the vendor as a 9/10, car we cannot see this being a stumbling block for a new owner.
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