Lot 329 - 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||98,500 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £17,000|
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 300 SL '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 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) and has become a benchmark of quality throughout the years. 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 with many favouring the larger 500 SL.
This fabulously presented 500 SL is offered in lovely metallic Sand with equally well kept contrasting trim. With approximately 98,500 miles recorded, this example could be considered as just ‘run-in’ such is the quality of the engineering from Mercedes-Benz. A previous long-term ownership resulted in the car following its then owner to Portugal where it spent a number of years cruising the Portuguese Algarve, whilst in the warm climate the car benefitted from a bare metal respray before returning to the UK in 2013. Accompanying this car is a history file containing an MoT test certificate valid until April 2019, a comprehensively stamped service booklet which includes a recent service in April this year and photographs documenting the respray. The soft top on this car is in as new order, the hardtop and frame are in as equally good order. This is a clearly well cared for and desirable example and offered at a sensible reserve it represents a fabulous opportunity for the next lucky owner.
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