Lot details Registration No: A750ASJ Chassis No: 1070452A012460 Mot Expiry: June 2007
"If you are looking for a practical roadster with style, fine handling, comfort, reliability and high build quality, the Mercedes-Benz 380SL is the answer. For less than $15,000, nothing touches it in terms of an overall package". (Sports Car Market, August 2002)
Successor to the European 350SL and American 450SL models, the (R107) 380SL was introduced in March 1980. Utilising the same two-door monocoque bodyshell equipped with all-round coil-sprung independent suspension (wishbone front / semi-trailing arm rear), power assisted recirculating ball steering and four-wheel disc brakes as its predecessors, the newcomer boasted an enlarged 3839cc SOHC V8 engine and improved four-speed automatic transmission. Credited with some 204bhp and 232lbft of torque, European specification cars were reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 9.1 seconds and 127mph. A strong seller throughout its production run, the last 380SL was apparently despatched by the factory in October 1985.
Finished in light metallic blue with blue leather / cloth upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "good" condition with regard to its engine, automatic gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres. Sporting chrome wheelarch mouldings and a dark blue fabric hood, 'A750 ASJ' is believed but not warranted to have covered 112,755 miles from new. Said to have been used by its last owner of five years during the summer months only, it nevertheless benefits from a contrasting dark metallic blue hardtop. Riding on alloy wheels, it is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until June 29th 2007.