The SL’s 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 SL350, 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. At this time, the V8 engines were re-tuned for greater efficiency.
This example presents well, with the SL500 being the most desirable and exclusive model available. Original throughout, in Horizon Blue paintwork with complimenting Dark Blue leather interior. This example benefits from central locking, detailed service history and original hard top. Said to drive ‘superbly’ by the current owner, this unrestored executive classic has an MOT until late March 2020 and is ready to enjoy immediately by its next owner.