1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL
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A fabulous, very usable R107 SL for those who like to live life in colour.
This is a car we have looked after for the last owner since 2017 who has not stinted in doing whatever is needed to maintain its condition.
First registered in October 1983 by BK Thomas of Nottingham, this SL has only had four owners from new. The first until 1991, the second until 2010, the third until 2013 and the fourth to date.
It was originally Thistle Green with Olive Green cloth trim, walnut wood and alloy wheels.
When deciding to get the car repainted in 2016, the owner, inspired by an Apricot coloured Mercedes W123 taxi he took in Beirut, decided life was too short for dreary hues and had the colour changed to Mercedes Apricot. The result is spectacular; the 70s shade suits the R107’s shape perfectly and looks fantastic on today’s monochrome roads.
There is a full service history from new from Mercedes main dealers, an SL specialist and ourselves. As the last owner used the car regularly and often for long distance tours, the car has been maintained proactively. The cylinder heads have been rebuilt and timing chain replaced, the suspension and brakes have received attention, the underside has had a significant restoration by ourselves with photographic record. Most recently the transmission has been completely rebuilt. In total, nearly £25k has been spent in recent years ensuring the car is in fine fettle.
There are all the original books and substantial folder containing all bills and correspondence. HPI clear with certificate.
The paintwork is very nice and importantly, the body is structurally superb with no hidden corrosion. The wheels wear correct Michelin XWX tyres, the interior is very tidy and original and benefits from a modern Blaupunkt stereo. The hood is the original, in brown, and the hardtop is with the car, painted to match.
This is an ideal SL to use and enjoy. As above, a significant sum has been invested into making this SL a ‘go anywhere’ car that drives beautifully, turning every head as it passes.