Lot 221 - 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||69,000 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £16,000|
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 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 hardtop 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.
This excellent 1973 450SL Roadster has been the subject of a complete cosmetic restoration which included the fitting of new wings and sill panels before repainting the car in silver and fitting a new blue mohair roof which matches the blue leather interior. At the same time, the engine was cleaned and detailed bringing this car to showroom condition. Having only covered 59,000 miles from new, this 450SL is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in June 2015 and a large history file. The W107 series Mercedes-Benz is now regarded as a modern, practical classic which can be used as an everyday means of transport.