Lot 89 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Registration No: E848HCD
Chassis No: WDB1070462A076833
`E848 HCD' is a tidy right-hand drive UK specification example of the most powerful of the R107-series Mercedes SL variants. Its bodywork is finished in Black that's pleasingly matched to Oxblood-coloured interior trim. An unrestored example, it has apparently travelled 88,000 miles to date, and is considered by the vendor to have `very good' bodywork, paintwork, upholstery, five-litre V8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission. He further informs us that the big Benz is `well looked after and in sound condition inside and out', and he's now selling the car complete with `great MOT history', as well its original manuals and books, and some service history. The R107 range was launched in 1971, and featured a two-door monocoque bodyshell with independent suspension and disc brakes all-round. Over 18 years it was powered by no less than eight different engines - the V8 unit installed in the 240bhp 500 SL was available from 1980 to 1989.