Estimated at £11,000 - £13,000
Registration No: B865 OPH
Chassis No: 1070422A023814
PLEASE NOTE: The new roof for this lot is included but not fitted
PLEASE NOTE: The new hood for this lot is included but not fitted
Nicknamed the 'Panzerwagen' by Mercedes-Benz's development engineers, the R107 series was the result of an extremely thorough design process. In an attempt to avoid falling foul of threatened American safety legislation, Stuttgart produced an open car whose structural rigidity surpassed that of some contemporary saloons! Indeed, even now some forty-seven years after its introduction, the R107 retains a reassuring air of solidity. Allied to this was sure-footed handling courtesy of all-around independent coil-sprung suspension, power-assisted steering, and disc brakes. Always more of a grand tourer than an out-and-out sports car, the vast majority of R107s were fitted with automatic transmission. Launched in September 1974, the Eurocentric 280SL was less powerful but more fuel-efficient than its V8 brethren. However, with some 185bhp and 177lbft of torque on tap from its fuel-injected 2746cc DOHC straight-six engine, the model could still boast authoritative 120mph performance.
This UK-supplied right-hand drive example was manufactured in 1985 and is offered with hardtop and a new soft-top. Having been recently recommissioning after a long period of dry storage it currently displays 130,000 miles and has had seven former keepers. Fitted with factory rear seats and riding on later SL alloy wheels it's understood 'B865 OPH' will possess a fresh MOT by the time of sale.
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