1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SL
|Estimate||£14,000 - £19,000|
- Rare manual transmission example
- Desirable factory hardtop
The Mercedes R107 was launched in 1971 and production continued through to 1989 - a hefty 18 years; the longest single series ever produced by the firm besides the G-Class utility vehicle. The R107 replaced the W113 Pagoda SL in 1972 and was replaced by the R29 SL in 1989. Some 237,000 R107 SL's were built and about two thirds were sold in the U.S. The car was essentially a two-seater sports car although a small seating arrangement was available behind the front seats. Mercedes-Benz offered a number of engine choices over the years, the first cars in 1971 being fitted with the 350 engine, a V8 3.5-litre unit. By 1973 a larger 4.5-litre, V8 was available, constructed primarily for the U.S. market. The SL Roadster has since become the epitome of how a luxury roadster should look and is as popular today as when first launched.
This lovely example was first registered on 10th February 1972 and is presented in the rare metallic light blue with contrasting interior. Offered with what many would consider the best combination for an R107 Mercedes, a 3.5 litre engine mated to a manual gearbox. The vendor reports that this 350SL is in good order throughout, the paintwork is presented nicely but does shows signs of its age and the engine and manual gearbox are working well. Included in the sale is a history file detailing previous maintenance work, various MoT test certificates, sundry invoices, and a V5C registration document. Accompanied by the SL's desirable factory hardtop for winter months, this 350SL looks to be offered at a very attractive price and is the perfect summer drop-top for the new custodian, especially when considering the recent prices achieved for R107 models.
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