Lot 236 - 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL
|Odometer reading||63,200 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,508|
- Three owner, low mileage example
- Comprehensive history from new
Introduced early in 1971, this impressive two-seater sports car replaced the 280SL. The body and chassis of the third generation Mercedes-Benz SL was considerably heavier and longer than its predecessor but still showed a resemblance to them. 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 SL's, the vehicle came as an open roadster with removable hardtop and went on to become one of the longest running styles from Mercedes-Benz. A range of engine size were available, one of the more powerful and rarer was the 4.5 litre unit.
This genuine unrestored example of the very desirable V8 powered 450 SL is presented in special order Mercedes-Benz silver green (861) with black leather trim. A car with just three previous keepers, our vendor purchased the car some seven years ago from the previous custodian of 23 years. We are informed the paintwork is factory original as is the hood and hardtop and the car sits on the desirable Mexican hat alloy wheels. The mileage is backed up by countless MoT certificates in an impressive history file which boasts a near full service history, much from renowned specialists John Haynes Mercedes-Benz in West Sussex. The original and unused spare wheel is found in the boot which is testament to such an original and unrestored car in fabulous order throughout. R107 SL Mercedes-Benz have seen a dramatic rise in values of late and good, low mileage and low owner examples command a premium - viewing is strongly recommended.
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