Lot 227 - 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||132,000 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,150|
Introduced early in 1971, this impressive two-seater sports car replaced the 280 SL. 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 SLs, 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.
First registered on 16th August, 1983, this car was meticulously restored over the last two years and is finished in white with a light grey interior. Having covered only 20,000 miles in the last 15 years, it has been with the current keeper since 15th November, 2015 and comes with an MoT test certificate valid until June 2018. The vendor confirms the car is ten out of ten in every respect, as you would expect after a restoration. Supplied with service history during the 1990s, this is an excellent example of the 107 model which requires nothing and is ready to use; a 1980's icon which is becoming regarded as a true classic car.