Lot 17 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £23,625
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: EU-Reg
Chassis No: WDB1070412A071416
- Desirable late R107-series 300SL with just 73,800 recorded miles
- Soft- and hardtop roofs, extensive service history
- Said to drive 'exceptionally well' and to be in 'excellent overall' order
The ultimate six-cylinder derivative of Mercedes-Benz's renowned R107-series, the 300SL was introduced at the September 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show. Equipped with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel-injection, its in-line SOHC M103 2962cc engine developed some 177bhp and 188lbft of torque (outputs sufficient for a reputed 125mph top speed). Sharing the same two-door monocoque bodyshell, all-round independent coil-sprung suspension and power-assisted steering as its V8 brethren it proved notably more fuel efficient. Fitted with four-speed automatic transmission as standard, it further benefited from improved anti-corrosion treatment and ABS brakes. Only in production between 1985 and 1989, just 13,443 300SLs are thought to have been despatched worldwide.
Finished in Dark Blue with Grey leather / check cloth upholstery and a Dark Blue soft-top, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in `excellent' condition with regard to its engine, automatic gearbox, bodywork, paintwork, electrical equipment and interior trim. Said to drive `extremely well' with a recorded mileage of 78,300, the Mercedes-Benz also boasts `a long list of service invoices, working electric aerial, driver's handbook, service book, MOTs from 1999-2019 and two keys'. Currently Eire-registered, this decidedly smart R107-series 300SL was supplied new by Mercedes-Benz of Reading and originally wore the Berkshire number plate `E527 CBL'.