Lot 332 - 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

Lot 332 - 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

Lot 332 - 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

Lot Number 332
Registration C530YAD
Chassis Number WDB1070412A049791
Engine Number 1039822002387
Odometer reading 58,000 miles
Estimate £13,000 - £16,000

Mercedes-Benz have been producing an SL (Sport Leicht) model or range of models since 1954. 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 litre (230SL) to 2.5 litre (250SL) and finally to a 2.8 litre (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, coil springs and anti-roll bar at the front, semi-trailing arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar at the rear. The power assisted steering was Daimler-Benz's own re-circulating ball system.  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 90-degree V8 including the three litre straight six we have offered here produced from 1985.

Finished in limited edition Moss green with cream mushroom half leather with check fabric inserts and complete with original black convertible hood and factory hard top, this three owner car is truly a beautiful example and one of the best we have seen. The previous vendor has owned this roadster for a period of some 13+ years, where we are informed it was treated like one of the family, offering a full service history and only 57,000 miles covered. This original, low mileage car offering the original Blaupunkt radio cassette, original tool kit, manuals and 2 keys, including a chauffeur key is also offered with V5 Registration document, valid MoT Road test certificate until July 2015 and valid Road fund licence until August 2014.  We are told it will have a fluid change service completed for the sale so it is ready to drive away and revel in the remainder of the summer, in what is a fast appreciating classic.

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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