Lot 333 - 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
|Odometer reading||68,463 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £19,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,680|
Mercedes-Benz have been producing an SL (Sport Leicht) 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. It was distinguished by its lower waistline, big curved screens and a distinctive optional hardtop that earned the model its nickname of `pagoda top'. Over its nine years of production, the second generation SL's engine grew in capacity from 2.3 litre (230SL) to 2.5 litre (250SL) and finally to a 2.8 litre (280SL). The larger, third generation SL was launched in 1971, initially with just a 3.5-litre engine (350SL) mated to four-speed automatic transmission. The car featured a two-door monocoque body shell with independent suspension all round, coil springs and anti-roll bar at the front, 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 90-degree V8 including the three litre straight six we have offered here, produced from 1985.
This stunning, completely rust free, righthand drive Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was first registered in the UK in August 1988 and has recently been the subject of a complete check through and cosmetic restoration which included a re-paint in the original colour of white, refurbishment of the original wheels, a full service including replacing all the filters, a new Quicksilver stainless steel exhaust system and a new battery. In excellent condition throughout, this 300 SL has its unmarked original blue check interior and is supplied with a V5c registration, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2017, the original tools and the handbooks which were supplied with the car. With the prospect of an Indian summer to look forward to, a lucky new owner awaits this very smart, completely rust free and well cared for Mercedes-Benz 300 SL which gives the benefits of open top motoring.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.