Lot 171 - 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
|£20,000 - £25,000
- Exceptional condition throughout
- A very good service history
- Fitted with optional rear seat
Mercedes-Benz revived one of its most famous model designations of all time when it introduced the new 300 SL in 1985. However, on this occasion the newcomer was not a thinly disguised sports racer but the latest in a noble line of six-cylinder luxury Gran Turismos stretching back to the 230 SL of 1963 which was distinguished by its distinctive optional hardtop that earned the model its nickname ‘Pagoda top’. When the Type 113 finally finished with the 280 SL in 1971, it was replaced by the V8 engined Type 107, there would not be a six-cylinder model in the range for a further nine years, this changed in 1980 with the launch of the new 280 SL. This used the same twin overhead camshaft engine as the other ‘280’ models which gave 185bhp and a top speed of 127mph. When the 300 SL took over in 1985, it came with a single camshaft engine that produced a mere three horsepower more at the top end, the main gains over the superseded engine being a useful increase in torque and a marked reduction in fuel consumption.
This lovely, UK supplied 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is presented in exceptional all-round condition, having been meticulously cared for and dry stored in a private collection for the past seven years and has only incurred minimal mileage. The paintwork finished in Champagne Gold with a matching hardtop is in very good condition throughout. The box pleated seats with eared headrests in supply perforated brown leather and is fitted with the optional rear seat in matching leather. The car has been fully maintained shown by the stamped service book with 23 stamps. Fully recommissioned in less than 1000 miles ago including the brakes fully serviced and reconditioned with new front callipers and new brake fluid. Fitted with ‘Gullideckel’ alloy wheels, this lovely 300 SL is supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2024, the owners’ manual, fully stamped service book, a file containing the servicing invoices, two sets of keys and a updated Blaupunkt Memphis audio unit with Bluetooth connectivity. The timeless lines and design of the R107 SL series still looks elegant and contemporary, with this car’s exceptional condition it is one to consider if looking for a very usable classic for the summer. Consignor John Tomlin.
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