Estimated at £28,000 - £32,000
Registration No: D896 UTU
Chassis No: WDB1070462A050905
The mighty Mercedes R107-series SL was launched in 1971 to replace the long-lived - and loved - W113-series 'Pagoda' SL that had first appeared in 1963. Though dispensing with Mercedes' usual model identification, it was based on the suspension of the W114 saloon and the model ran till 1989 with more than 237,000 examples built: with the exception of the G-Wagen, this was the longest single series ever produced by Mercedes-Benz. The Bruno Sacco-designed car was bigger, heavier and softer-riding than its predecessor under a more mature skin - though these cars still handle - and was designed to reflect a changing marketplace, winning early plaudits from such distinguished motoring writers as LJK Setright. Equipped with a 3.5-litre V8 at UK launch, progressively larger engines were offered, through 380 and 420 V8, later 280 and 300 'sixes' and ultimately the 4973cc, 245bhp 500SL made between 1980-'89. This model, with its all-alloy fuel-injected V8, was made for Europe only (though a few slipped into North America as grey imports) and, with 60mph available in 7.4 secs and a top speed of 140mph, was faster even than the US, Japan and Australian-market 560SL. Plenty of R107s (and its longer-wheelbase coupe variant the SLC) come to market but 500SLs are still a rarity, with only 11,812 built.
Finished in Champagne metallic with Brown upholstery, ‘D896 UTU’ has covered just 90,784 miles (atoc) from new. The accompanying service book contains twenty entries (many from main dealers), with the last service completed at 90,780 miles, presented along the remainder of the book pack in the Mercedes-Benz wallet. Subject to a colour change from Silver in 1996, the 500SL entered the current ownership in 2016. Offered for sale with a current V5C and is due to have a fresh MOT certificate in time for the sale.
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