Lot 223 - 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||76,000 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
Mercedes-Benz have been producing an SL 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 and was distinguished by its lower waistline, big curved screens and a distinctive optional hardtop that earned the model its nickname of `pagoda top'. The car featured here is the third generation R107, a two-door monocoque body shell with independent suspension all round, coil springs and anti-roll bar at the front and 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 V8's.
Offered in very good condition throughout, this 300 SL Roadster was first registered in August 1988 and is presented in gold with cream Mercedes-Benz Tex interior with a matching hardtop and a unique power soft top hood. With only three former keepers, it has covered 76,000 miles from new, equating to less than 3,000 miles a year. Described by the vendor as a lovely example in great overall condition, the SL has a valid MoT test certificate valid until July 2017 and has also benefitted from a recent service and stainless steel exhaust. A comprehensive history file compliments the car with old MoT test certificates and invoices. Fuss-free classic car ownership is a niche that the R107 Mercedes has certainly cornered, with prices on the rise and a chance to find a good example, at this price point and with a unique power hood, is near impossible.
*Interested parties should note that the power hood is currently not working but the fault has been identified and we have had a quote of circa £500 for the repairs. These costs would be the responsibility of the buyer if he wishes to have the repairs done.
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