19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 34

1986 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Sold for £18,100

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: C228 KWL
Chassis No: WDB1070412A041701
MOT: October 2024

  • 93,000 miles from new
  • Offered with both the hardtop and soft-top
  • New hood in 2020 and recently subject to c.£5,000 of work
  • Offered with book pack with handbooks and service book

The ultimate six-cylinder derivative of Mercedes-Benz's renowned R107 series, the 300SL was introduced at the September 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show. Sharing the same two-door monocoque bodyshell, all-around independent coil-sprung suspension and power-assisted steering as its V8 brethren it proved notably more fuel efficient. Fitted with a 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.

Presenting in the classic colours of a Signal Red exterior and Beige leather interior, the SL has previously been restored at a cost in excess of £10,000. Displaying c.93,000 recorded miles, 'C228 KWL' has travelled less than 5000 miles in the last 15 years and is described as 'always garaged'. Since 2019, the SL has been the subject of c.£5000 of mechanical work, mostly by the SL Shop, with receipts available on file.

Offered with both the hardtop and soft-top options, a new soft-top was purchased in May, 2020, and the hardtop is described by the vendor as presenting in 'as new' condition. There is a hard top stand and custom cover for the hardtop, which might go some way to suggest why the hardtop is in its current condition. The vendor has fitted a new wind deflector at a cost of £230 in May 2021. Inside, all the interior leather has been refreshed.

Along with a current MOT pass certificate with 'no advisories', up to October 2024. 'C228 KWL' is offered with the book pack with its handbooks and service book; there is a full history folder with the car with the vendor describing the car as 'fully serviced’. There is also a complete R107 Restoration and Maintenance Book (39 pages) showing the maintenance and restoration work completed on the car, with invoices, from February, 1986, until July, 2023. More recently the heater cover and seal have been replaced and an inspection took place on the bulkhead which was said to be in 'Good' condition.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 19th Jun, 2024

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