The SL’s of this era (the W107 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 W107 series continued initially as the 280, 380 and 500 SL. At this time, the V8 engines were re-tuned for greater efficiency.
Presented in Champagne Metallic this top of the range SL was bought by the current vendor in 1986 at which time it was showing 36,000 miles. During their ownership the car has been kept in a Carcoon and covered a mere 20,000 miles on sunny days. The car has been excellently maintained and has recently benefitted from a sympathetic restoration to a very high standard by Mercedes-Benz, Cheltenham.
Equipped with both hard top and original soft top in great condition this is a truly wonderful example of this highly collectible modern classic.