Lot 17 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Sold for £7,875
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: HYM981N
Chassis No: 10704322011605
The third generation SL was launched in 1971, initially with a 3.5-litre V8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission as offered here. The car featured a two-door monocoque bodyshell with independent suspension all round - double wishbone, coil springs and anti-roll bar at the front and semi-trailing arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar at the rear. The power assisted steering was Daimler-Benz's own recirculating ball system. Braking was by discs all round - ventilated on the front. The 350SL was available from 1971 to 1980. It produced some 200bhp at 5800 rpm and 211lbft of torque at 4000 rpm. This was sufficient to endow the model with swift, effortless acceleration and a top speed of a whisker over 130 mph. Finished in silver with black cloth interior, this SL has been owned by the current keeper since 2005 and was restored in 2006. We are advised the works included a full respray, new hood and engine overhaul. Now displaying some 138,500 miles, the car is accompanied by its unrestored hard top.