Mercedes Benz 300 SL 1986. AUCTION FINISHED

With a reserve priced to sell this is a prime example of a Mercedes 300SL in great condition for its age. A file full of receipts and past MOT certificates for the past 20 years including the current MOT certificate which runs until 19/02/2022 will accompany this car even the advisories over the years have been kept.

There are numerous receipts from a Authorised Mercedes-Benz Auto Service Centre and many more from an independent Mercedes Specialist altogether totalling over £12000.00 which shows the vehicle has been well maintained and loved by all its previous owners. The car itself looks unbelievable thanks to the sleek lines designed by Mercedes-Benz, and has a great spec for a car of this age which comprises of soft top plus the addition of a hard top which often enough is missing. Full original trim, electric windows, electric mirrors, headlight wipers, front fog lights, 6 changer CD player with the upgraded sound system. A full VDI print off will also be supplied which is shows the car is legal and true to its name.

Cosmetically, the car is in great condition with a very straight body and a finish that remains glossy. Patina adds to the attractive vintage presentation, but overall this is a well-maintained example of the 300 SL. The doors, hood, and trunk all open and shut smoothly. The emblems and lenses are in good condition, with light surface hazing on the chrome.

The engine starts easily and settles to a smooth idle, and the gearbox engages easily with smooth shifting and pleasant action. The suspension provides easy handling with the 300SL's surprisingly light steering, even at slow speeds. Underside components and the chassis are all in good condition. All the lights, the horn, and even the electric antenna work too. The original hand tools are with the car which are used to connect/disconnect both the soft and hard tops which with a lot of other cars have had to be replaced. The car even comes with the original handbook and first aid kit.

The Mercedes-Benz R107 and C107 are sports car which were produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1971 through 1989, being the second longest single series ever produced by the automaker, after the G Class. They were sold under the SL (R107) and SLC (C107) model names as the 280 SL, 280 SLC, 300 SL, 350SL, 350SLC, 380SL, 380SLC, 420SL, 450SL, 450SLC, 450SLC 5.0, 500SL, 500SLC and 560 SL.

The R107/SL was a two-seat car with a detachable roof. It replaced the W113 SL-Class in 1971 and was replaced by the R129 SL-Class in 1989.

The R107 and C107 took the chassis components of the mid-sized 1968 Mercedes-Benz W114 model and mated them initially to the M116 and M117 V8 engines used in the W108, W109 and W111 series. The body styles for both R107 and C107 did not change materially from introduction in 1971 to end of production in 1989.

The SL (R107) variant was a 2-seat convertible/roadster with standard soft top and optional hardtop and optional folding seats for the rear bench.

The SLC (C107) derivative was a 2-door hardtop coupe with normal rear seats. The SLC is commonly referred to as an 'SL coupe', and this was the first time that Mercedes-Benz had based a coupe on an SL roadster platform rather than on a saloon, replacing the former saloon-based 280/300 SE coupé in Mercedes lineup. The SLC was replaced earlier than the SL, with the model run ending in 1981, with a much larger model, the 380-SEC and 500SEC based on the new S class.

Volume production of the first R107 car, the 350 SL, started in April 1971 alongside the last of the W113 cars; the 350 SLC followed in October. The early 1971 350SL are very rare and were available with an optional 4 speed fluid coupling automatic gearbox. The 1971 4sp auto were quick cars for the day with 0-60 mph in 8 seconds. In addition, the rare 1971 cars were fitted with Bosch electronic fuel injection.

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