Lot 222 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||74,000 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £29,000|
|Result||Sold - £33,960|
- Galvanised body example
- Delightful condition throughout
- Factory hardtop
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. 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 (230 SL) to 2.5 litre (250 SL) and finally to a 2.8 litre (280 SL). The larger, third generation SL was launched in 1971, initially with just a 3.5-litre engine (350 SL) 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 17 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.
Originally registered on 25th January 1989, this Mercedes-Benz presents in very good order throughout. The light metallic blue coachwork is in very good order and is complemented by a blue interior that is again in exceedingly good order. The wheels are unmarked having been recently refurbished at the same time new tyres were fitted. The blue mohair hood appears to have been replaced quite recently; clearly this is a car that has been very well cared for throughout its life. A well stamped service book accompanies this 300 SL, as does a V5C registration document, 21 previous MoT test certificates and invoices dating back to when the car was first registered. The 2962cc straight-six engine is a very reliable unit and offers reasonable economy figures. Manufactured in the final year of 107 production, these cars were fully galvanised, therefore did not suffer from the corrosion issues of early models.
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