1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL

As the longest-running passenger car model in Mercedes-Benz history, the R107 series of SL-roadsters earned iconic status throughout the 70s and 80s, blending performance, safety, and unparalleled quality in an impeccably styled two-seat roadster. Much like the R113 that preceded it, the R107 was a sophisticated, grown-up sports car best suited to continental touring that could handle whatever conditions the driver should encounter, thanks to features including an optional removable hardtop, and highly effective climate control. The SL was remarkably practical with a generously sized boot and superb build quality that shrugged off the notion that sports cars needed to be finicky, uncomfortable, and rough around the edges. The R107 SL-series proved to be tremendously successful for Mercedes-Benz, who continually evolved and refined the line with increasingly powerful six- and eight-cylinder engines, tuned handling dynamics, and more sophisticated safety and luxury features. Enduring as Mercedes’ flagship sports car for seventeen years, the R107 looked as crisp and sophisticated and the end of production in 1989 as it did when it debuted in 1972.

This superbly preserved Mercedes-Benz roadster is a time-warp example showing an astonishing 1,600 miles from new. According to the original window sticker and warranty booklet, this car was sold new to a local business owner by the Crown Automobile Co of Birmingham, Alabama. Finished in Silver-Blue Metallic (code 930) over blue leather upholstery (code 232) and a dark blue soft top, the sticker price totaled nearly $41,000 – the equivalent of $130,000 today. Equipment includes two tops, Bundt alloy wheels, fog lamps, electric windows, Becker Grand Prix cassette stereo, and automatic climate control. The accompanying service booklet shows the car was serviced at the selling dealer, and it accrued just 500 miles in its first two years.

As offered, this 380SL is in superb, showroom-fresh condition benefitting from years of attentive indoor storage. The paint, exterior trim, and brightwork are all in outstanding order, as are both tops. The factory Bundt alloy wheels are shod with pristine original Michelin XVS radials. The body is straight and crisp as expected, with precise shut lines and the typical Mercedes “bank vault” quality. Inside, blue leather seats and blue carpets are in excellent condition. A minor imperfection is noted on the driver’s outer seat bolster, where the piping has separated slightly from the side panel. Otherwise, the cabin is excellent, with gorgeous Zebrano wood trim, the factory Becker stereo, and like-new switchgear and controls. Accompanying items include an original tool roll, vin-matched owner’s manual set, first aid kit, and window sticker.

In 2019, the car was treated to extensive servicing as part of a general recommissioning. Work included a comprehensive overhaul of the fuel system, a complete tune up, and much more. It now performs as expected, even down to the functioning air conditioning. Amazingly well-preserved, it would be a fine choice for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s prestigious Historic Preservation of Original Features (HPOF) class. This beautiful 380SL represents a rare opportunity to acquire an exceptional, collector-quality R107 with little more than break-in miles on the odometer.


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