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.
This lovely example in Thistle Green with tan hide interior comes with extensive history and has covered a mere 66,000 miles from new. The car also comes with its original factory hard top with a stand for protection when removed and its hood is in great original condition. These fabulously luxurious sports cars are made more comfortable by the propulsion of the ‘lazy’ V8 which is wonderful on long motorway trips but can also provide rapid travel when required. This is one of the nicest examples which has been extremely well looked after and is certainly a timeless classic desired by many.