Beginning in the 1970s, the split between US and Euro market vehicles of foreign manufacturers became more pronounced, leading some US customers to import more and more non-US market vehicles. Oftentimes these imports would be more powerful, have features unavailable on US models or, in an era of changing safety rules, have slimmer, lighter bumpers. Such was the case with the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL. Before the 560SL arrived on the scene for the 1986 model year, the holy grail of forbidden SL fruit was the 500SL, with the 240 horsepower V8. This was considerably more than the 155 horsepower offered from the 3.8 liter V8 in the 380SL sold in the US at the time. This 500SL for sale in New York offers the SL enthusiast a chance at an R107 in one of its ultimate forms.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SL on eBay
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 71,427 mi
Price: $21,995 Buy It Now
1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Convertible. This R107 European model was never available in the U.S. Only a small few made it over and now it’s your chance to own one! Only 71k original miles! Clean Autocheck report! Extremely rare find! Two owner vehicle! Amazing condition! Super clean inside and out! Factory Euro bumpers and headlights!
5.0 liter V8 engine with 240 horsepower! Matching hard and soft tops! Always garaged and covered! This is one car you do not come across very often. The convertible runs and drives absolutely incredible! This 500SL must be seen and driven to appreciate it! This car truly runs and drives like a dream. These rare European models do not come around very often so don’t let this one pass you by.
The body is extremely clean and the black paint looks amazing for this car’s age. The light beige leather interior is also extremely clean and well kept for the age of the vehicle. This is a non-smoker vehicle. This car is just beautiful to look at and to drive, it’s a true classic! This Mercedes is ready for a weekend cruise or a day at the car show.
The features on this classic include:
5.0 liter V8 engine
Back seats w/seat belts
Heated front seats
Power side mirror
Wood trim interior
Blaupunkt stereo system
Beautiful factory wheels
Excellent Dunlop tires
Full size matching spare
Factory black soft top
Factory matching black hard top
Factory rear spoiler
Factory fog lights
Both factory keys
Tools for removing the hard/soft top
We have priced this European SL extremely well based on year, mileage and rarity. This is one for the collection so don’t let this rare find pass you by. This stunning Euro 500SL is waiting in our showroom for you.
For a similar vintage 380SL, you could expect to pay somewhere in the $15,000 to $20,000 range for a good one with similar mileage. Given this isn’t your cooking variety R107, it will no doubt bring a bit of a premium for those seeking something a bit special. If it was closer to the $20,000 mark, it would be a bit of a better bargain. Once you move into the $20,000 range, you’ll be able to source very nice late model 560SLs. Then again, they won’t have the Euro look and that verboten cache that comes along with the 500SL badge.