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  Lot 307

1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL

Estimated at £12,000 - £14,000

Lot details

Registration No: BYO255T
Chassis No: 10704422052968

MOT: Aug 2021

Motor Car Location: Cheshire

  • c.£10,000 worth of expenditure with the SL shop in 2017
  • Sills, wheelarches, door bottoms and wings all said to be in 'very good' order
  • 128,000 recorded miles, recent service and due to possess a fresh MOT

Finished in Silver with Blue leather upholstery, ‘BYO 255T’ is understood to have had its engine fitted with a new timing chain and tensioner in 2004 (circa 27,000 miles ago). Entrusted to renowned marque specialist the SL Shop thirteen years later, the Mercedes-Benz had its steering overhauled, suspension fettled and radiator / oil cooler re-cored plus new engine mounts etc at a cost of £7,223.98 (circa 3,000 miles ago). Returning to the same garage twice more during 2017, the 450SL was treated to £1,993.34 worth of pre-MOT work on the first occasion (minor welding, electrical work etc) and a full service on the second (£498.71, circa 2,000 miles ago). The vendor is selling this attractively liveried two-seater with a fresh MOT certificate.

Model Background:

Nicknamed 'der Panzerwagen' by Mercedes-Benz's own 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-nine years after its introduction the R107 retains a reassuring air of solidity. Allied to this was sure-footed handling courtesy of all round 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. Powered by a 4520cc SOHC V8 engine, the 450SL model was quoted as developing some 225bhp and 278lbft of torque. A strong performer, it remained in production until 1980.

PLEASE NOTE: This lot passed a MOT test on 18th August 2020 with one advisory


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