Lot 227 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz 420SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||119,000 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,512|
Mercedes-Benz used the 'SL' variant name on 'Sport Liecht' roadsters manufactured since 1954 and was first applied to the 300SL 'Gullwing' so named after the upward-opening doors. The Mercedes-Benz R107 and C107 editions were produced from 1971 through to 1989 and were the second longest single series ever produced by the company after the G-Class. The R107 took the chassis components of the mid-size W114 model and mated them to the larger engines from the S-Class (W116). The SL variant was a two seat convertible/roadster with standard soft-top, hard-top and optional seats for the rear bench.
Registered in 1989, this example, finished in metallic almandine with cream seats is the very scarce 420SL variant. Offered with the optional rear seats and colour-coded hardtop. The colour combination is elegant and the car has been kept in fine order throughout. The V8 engine starts on the first turn of the key and settles quickly into a steady idle. The driving experience is sumptuous and the car feels every bit the definition of high quality motoring by which so many other manufacturers referenced themselves for many years. A rare and desirable specification SL presented in good order throughout and offered at a very attractive estimate and with receipts suggesting recent restoration work, this is a very attractive proposition.
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