Lot 340 - 1980 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL
|Odometer reading||60,717 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,720|
Introduced early in 1971, this impressive two-seater sports car replaced the 280SL. The body and chassis of the 3rd generation SL were considerably heavier and longer than its predecessor, but still showed a slight resemblance to them. The front and rear axles were similar to those of the 200-250 models, with independent wheel suspension using double wishbones and anti-dive control at the front and a diagonal swing axle at the rear; four-speed automatic transmission was available as an option. 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 roof. The R107 body shape went on to become one of the longest running styles from Mercedes-Benz, remaining in production until 1989 with some 13 variants during that period.
This superb 380 SL was originally registered on 15th September 1980 and is finished in Birchwood green with matching half leather interior. Our test drive confirmed this to be a Mercedes-Benz of the highest quality; she drove with no known faults. The coachwork is in excellent order throughout as is the interior and chromework. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 16th April 2017 together with a history folder and a hardtop; R107 model SL's are becoming increasingly desirable. A delightful example in every aspect.
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