Lot 130 - 1982 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||103,073 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £9,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,840|
The Mercedes-Benz SL class has been manufactured since 1954. The designation SL derives from the German 'Sport Leicht' or 'Sport Light' and was first applied to the 300SL 'Gullwing,' named after the upward-opening doors. The term SL-Class refers to the marketing variations of the vehicle, including the numerous engine configurations spanning five design generations. The Mercedes-Benz R107 and C107 cars were produced from 1971 through to 1989, being the second longest single series ever produced by Mercedes-Benz 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, hardtop and optional foldable seats for the rear bench.
We are pleased to offer this 500SL, manufactured in 1982, which has been with its current owner for approximately the past 15 years. During this time, we are informed, the car has only covered 8,000 miles and has spent six of those 15 years in Cyprus. This 500SL is fitted with a few factory options which include a tan leather interior, rear seat option and a factory hard top. Although the coachwork displays minor paint variations, no doubt due to its time under the sun in Cyprus, it appears in very good order throughout and especially on its undersides; an important factor with these models. Mechanically, it is also in good order as demonstrated on a recent road test; its automatic gearbox changing ratios smoothly and quickly and the car pulling to a stop without drama. Benefitting from a recent service and MoT test certificate, this Mercedes-Benz, being the more desirable 500SL, is a very reasonably priced icon from the 1980s.
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