1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL

The Mercedes-Benz R107 SL is one of those cars that will always capture my imagination. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve lusted after one of these roadsters. Some friends of mine never liked these SLs but others loved them. Whatever your thoughts might be, these cars certainly made their fair share of appearances in television and movies over the past several decades, amplifying their star power. They also had one of the longest production runs in Mercedes-Benz history, giving prospective buyers lots of choice when it comes to specific years and models. This 380SL for sale in Portland, Oregon represents the end of the 380SL run, right before the introduction of the 560SL, the final version we would see in the US market.

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Year: 1985
Model: 380SL
Engine: 3.8 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 30,182 mi
Price: Reserve auction

1985 Mercedes Benz 380SL

30,182 Original one owner miles. Dual timing chain, original paperwork when purchased and all manuals. Stored indoors its whole life, west coast car. Time capsule from the 80’s with old school phone harness, escort radar detector, chrome wheels. Original tools, first aid kit, and leather key cover all still in factory bags! Spare never touched. Interior like a time machine, very well preserved. All instruments work as they should. The trunk area is very nice as well as the spare tire compartment. Comes with original roadside hazard reflector still in yellow case.

The body panels are all straight. All glass is in great shape. The car is free of any rust or corrosion. The original paint is good even up close, there is a very small pin head size ding in the front grill surround (see macro photos I am very particular). The car was stored in a private garage and the doors have no dings in them. The car presents very well. The exterior color is very nice and shows the great lines of the car. Soft top mint.

This is a wonderful example of an iconic German Sports Car. Maintained and cared for its whole life. You don’t find many cars in this original condition, a must see if you are in the market for a nice w107 Mercedes.

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VIN# WDB1070451A021800

I take great pride in my eBay rating and accurate description of this car. I reserve the right to end the auction early.

I will contact the winning bidder after the auction ends. Car is sold as-is with no warranties express or implied.

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The 380SL was never my pick of the litter when it came to the R107. Horsepower was down on these cars due to fuel economy concerns and ever tightening emissions controls. Still, this SL speaks to me. Normally I don’t like chrome wheels, but with the slim bumpers and Euro headlamps, the look on this one works. In addition, Signal Red is one of my favorite hues for the R107. I’d like to know a little more about the collection in which this one resided, but given the condition, it appears the mileage should be authentic. We haven’t seen any 380SL’s appear in our sale archive yet, but given where 560SL prices are headed, I’d suspect a low mileage, mint condition example like this car to fetch somewhere in the $15,000 to $20,000 range.

-Paul

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5 Comments

  1. Unlikely mileage is real. This is a Euro car with US speedo.

  2. I agree, the chrome and euro-bumpers work well together. Mileage could be a concern but these 3.8 liters with the dual timing chains are extremely reliable, and much smoother than the 4.5 liter’s they replaced. Since 0-60 times are not really a concern for SL drivers, these have more than sufficient power for day to day. The lighter Euro bumpers should help the power to weight ration relative to the american bretheren. I drove many of these – just real nice smooth cruisers!

  3. Mileage could be real. I recently bought a 560 SL with similar mileage.
    Although I’m a purist, in the 80’s I would have liked an SL with the same Centra wheels 🙂

  4. Lovely car and very well presented. The retrofitted Euro bumpers and headlights make such a difference on these R107s. I just never saw the appeal of the 380 engine – V8 weight negatively affecting handling but less power than the inline-sixes – which you can find for the same sort of money.

  5. I personally like the US headlights and bumpers so much more, which is why when I bought my 560 SL, I keep the US look by replacing the headlights with round H4’s and round H1’s.
    I kept the factory look but with the same headlight power as the single square European H4’s.

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