The SLs of this era (the 107 chassis) really established themselves as icons of quality and success on the Continent as well as the Americas; unlike the previous SL range, these cars were rugged and durable and could accumulate high mileage and still remain reliable with just the most basic of care. The first of the generation was the 350 SL, a car that is now beginning to occupy a strong place in the hearts of Mercedes-Benz collectors; it was the original pure design with no emissions equipment to speak of, small plated bumpers and manual windows. Being lighter and unrestricted from an emissions standpoint meant the cars were lively performers as well as quiet and comfortable touring cars. Following the discontinuation of the SLC in September 1981, the 107 series continued initially as the 280, 380 and 500 SL. At this time, the V8 engines were re-tuned for greater efficiency.
First registered in the summer of 1983, this wonderful UK delivered 500SL has been in the custodianship of only 3 owners from new. The current vendor, a Mercedes enthusiast and collector, has undertaken a program of light refurbishment to improve the overall look and feel of the SL, which has just recently been completed.
Offered with a full service history, all relevant books and manuals, and finished in a stylish combination of champagne metallic gold with a cream interior, this is a nice example of what has become the most desirable and collectible version in recent years.