29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 36

1986 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Estimated at £20,000 - £25,000

Lot details

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

  • 91,500 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 to what the vendor describes as a 'lovely condition' and at a cost in excess of £10,000. Displaying c.91,800 recorded miles, 'C228 KWL' has travelled less than 5000 miles in the last 15 years and is described as 'always garaged'. It has benefitted from numerous new parts and restoration. In recent years, since 2019, the SL has also been the subject of c.£5000 of work to extensively refurbish the car mechanically, mostly by the SL Shop, with receipts available. Mechanical aspects of the car have been refreshed and include a new steering box and anti-roll bar links replaced, new injectors, the wheels powder coated, a new wind deflector, new bonnet insulation, anti-roll bars replaced, a steering box fitted, a new idle control valve and Waxoyl treatment. The vendor describes the car as 'running beautifully'.

Offered with both the hardtop and soft-top, 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. The Beige leather has been completely refurbished with the addition of Connelly Red piping and with new mats also fitted and there's a 1980s radio. A custom-fitted car cover and alarm and immobiliser are fitted to protect the SL. The original jack, spare wheel, emergency triangle and first aid box are still with the car.

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.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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