1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SL (R107)
Late example of the much coveted R107 here in deisrable 3.0 guise in white with black trim showing just 74,327 miles
Supplied new by Normand (Mayfair) Ltd of Park Lane, London to a Mrs I. Abuzuineh of W14, London in May 1988 this late model R107 series 300SL is finished in desirable Arctic White with Black Mohair hood, removable factory hard top also in Arctic White and rides on its original 15-hole 15-inch flat face MB alloy wheels.
Under the bonnet, we find the proven 188bhp 3.0 litre straight-six engine developing 225Nm of torque with SOHC and Simplex timing chain driving the rear wheels via 4-speed automatic transmission utilising Bosch KE-jetronic fuel injection for a more reliable drive.
Inside, we find contrasting black leather interior, walnut trim and optional air conditioning, rear seats and outside temperature gauge in place of the central air vent in additional to standard electric windows, electric passenger mirror and manual driver’s mirror plus front fog lights.
Showing just 74,327 miles the current V5C shows just 3 previous owners, however copy old registration docs from DVLA on file suggest this might well be incorrect, with at least 4 previous owners to the current of nearly 10 years.
The history file also includes the owner’s pack with manual and service book revealing an impressive 19 stamps including PDI, the last by ‘Mercedes Benz Specialists’ at 73,319 miles in June 2018. A print-out on file details all service/mot/repair history complied by the current owner dating from May 1988 when new, right through to June 2017 at 71,719 miles. Highlights include a bulkhead repair, rust proofing and transmission service in 2013 at 67,014 miles, front brake callipers in 2014, fitment of a stainless steel exhaust in 2015 costing £816 and refurbished rear callipers in 2017.
We also find a purchase receipt from July 1999 at 33,000 miles and purchase price of £19,995, confirmation of fitment of a Centurion Immobiliser in August 1999, new soft-top in 2009 and an email trail relating to works carried out costing c.£2,500 for welding repairs, fitment of a new alternator, rust proofing and other works in 2018 by Redditch based R107 specialist Steve Griffin of Merc-Tec.
Furthermore, we also find some photos and an impressive 19 old MOTs plus the current, valid until May 2022 with no advisories recorded. The MOT history suggests the car has covered less than 2,000 miles in the last 4 years. Also included with this Lot is a rather nice Mercedes tailored car cover, pictured in the boot.
This svelte and stylish convertible hails from the final 2 years of production and is widely considered to be the best of the R107 generation of cars and as such, the most desirable. With values climbing healthily in recent years – we think this is one to enjoy and watch grow in value.
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