1982 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

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Year:  1982
Miles:  44,547 miles
Model:  R107 280SL 
Exterior Colour:  Classic White
Interior colour:  Light Brown Cloth


This beautiful 280SL has just 44k miles from new and has only had two owners – the last since 1985.


Supplied new by Simpsons Garage, Bexley, in September 1982. Finished in Classic White with light brown (Dattel) cloth interior and a contrasting dark brown hood.


The first owner kept the car for three years at which point it was sold again by Simpsons to its second and last owner, a Mr Reddin.

Reddin had a Volvo for everyday use so the Mercedes SL was strictly a high day and holiday car, always garaged and never taken out in bad weather.


As a result, this SL is in exceptional, original condition. It has never been restored, it retains its original paint and has never needed any corrosion repair. R107s are very hard to find like this.

The bulkhead is perfect and original, as are the rest of the usual R107 corrosion points.

Excellent brightwork and unmarked, bright, untarnished  headlamps.


The interior reflects the car’s low mileage and cosseted life. It is in beautiful condition throughout with unworn, unfaded seat upholstery and carpeting.


The hood is the original in excellent condition. New hood windows and piping have just been fitted. Similarly the hardtop is in superb condition, free from corrosion and still with the original dealer’s sticker in the back window.


All the original books come with car and a full history with receipts going back to the 80s.


The car has been through our workshop and we have just carried out a major service including transmission and differential fluid changes, along with a brake overhaul, replacement subframe bushes, new rear tyres and anything else needed. A stainless steel exhaust system was fitted by the last owner a number of years ago.


It comes as no surprise that this R107 is a pleasure to drive and we have enjoyed using it during this recent warm weather. It is as content sitting at high speeds on the motorway as it is in city traffic. It feels lovely and tight to drive as low mileage, well cared for cars do.


With just two owners in 40 years and just 44k miles, this 280SL just how we like to find classic Mercedes – unmolested, unrestored and beautifully preserved. With the recent service it is ready to go for the summer.