Lot 249 - 1980 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL

Lot 249 - 1980 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL

Lot 249 - 1980 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL

Lot Number 249
Registration SKL 160W
Chassis Number WDD10704522000506
Odometer reading 104,000 miles
Estimate £15,000 - £20,000
Result Sold - £13,584
  • Recent expenditure with the SL Shop totalling over £12,000
  • Extensively restored
  • Offered with a sizeable history file
  • Supplied with the factory hardtop

Introduced in 1971, this impressive two-seater sports car replaced the 280 SL. The body and chassis of the third generation SL were considerably heavier and longer than its predecessor, but still showed a slight resemblance to them. The result was a luxurious 3.5 litre, V8 convertible. The 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 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.

This superb 380 SL was originally delivered on 30th December 1980. In very good order throughout, the car has been treated to much restoration work in the past three years. The body was repaired where necessary and the paintwork stripped and refinished to a very high standard. All new chromework was fitted as well as a new soft top, carpets, fuel lines, fuel pump and four new tyres. The coachwork, interior and chromework all present very well as does the hardtop. This Mercedes has also benefitted from a comprehensive engine health check and benefits from a new fuel system and warm up valve. More recently this 380 SL has been the subject of various works undertaken by the SL Shop and total over £12,000, as such it is ready to be enjoyed immediately. Offered with a sizeable history file including many sundry invoices, bills from the SL Shop, the UK registration document (the tax class showing as historic), and old MoT test certificates. R107 model SL's are becoming increasingly desirable and this example is one of the best we have seen.

 

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