30th Nov, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 9

1982 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

Estimated at £16,000 - £20,000

Lot details

Registration No: HTU 286X
Chassis No: WDB10704622001670

  • Desirable UK-supplied, right-hand drive example of the rare 500 SL
  • A low ownership example with only two former keepers
  • Accompanied by a soft-top and body-coloured hardtop
  • Offered for sale with a history file including the original book pack with service book

The Mercedes R107-series SL was launched in 1971 to replace the long-lived W113 'Pagoda' SL that first appeared in 1963. Though dispensing with Mercedes' usual model identification, it was based on the suspension of the W114 saloon and ran until 1989 with more than 237,000 examples built, being the longest single series ever produced by Mercedes-Benz except for the G-Wagen. The Bruno Sacco-designed car was bigger, heavier, and softer-riding than its predecessor, but can still handle and won the plaudits from distinguished motoring writers including LJK Setright. The 245bhp 500SL made from 1980 had an all-alloy fuel-injected V8 and was made for Europe only, with 60mph available in 7.4 secs the top speed was 140mph, faster even than the US, Japan, and Australian 560SL. Plenty of R107s (and SLCs) come to market but 500SLs are still a rarity, with only 11,812 built.

A desirable UK-supplied, right-hand-drive example, the 500 SL offered was manufactured in 1982, being first registered on the 7th of May that year. Finished in the Mercedes Sun Yellow paintwork with Chocolate leather interior upholstery, and a Dark Brown soft-top, the Mercedes is also accompanied by a body-coloured hardtop. Specified from new with cruise control, vehicle body protection from factory, heated rear window, tow-bar, and fire extinguisher, ‘HTU 286X’ is fitted with the 4973cc SOHC V8 engine allied to the four-speed automatic transmission. A low ownership example, the 500 SL has had just two former keepers and has a recorded mileage of 137,500 miles at the time of consignment. Accompanied for sale by a history file that contains the book pack including the owner's manual and stamped service book (which illustrates nineteen stamps), a large collection of older invoices, a small selection of previous MOTs, and sundry paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 30th Nov, 2022

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