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1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-speed manual

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The R107 SL had one of the longest lifespans of any model in Mercedes-Benz history. From 1972 to the dawn of the 1990s, this two-seat roadster represented the style, performance and durability that were hallmarks of the Three Pointed Star. Curiously, Mercedes decided the V8 versions were enough variety for the US consumer, leaving the six cylinder models, some with manual gearboxes, to other markets. This low mileage 1986 300SL for sale in is now eligible for importation to the US under the 25 year guideline. Signal red over black leather is a classic combination for these cars. The 5-speed manual coupled to the 3.0 liter inline-6 makes for an involving experience. Look a little closer and there is one option that had me ogling over this car. The very rare on-board computer. I have never before seen this option fitted to an SL.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL at Ruyl Classics

Year: 1986
Model: 300SL
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 51,680 km (~ 32,112 mi)
Price: €44,500 (~ $60,666 USD)

A 300SL Roadster from first owner, with fully proven history in excellent, original condition. European car, delivered when new in Luxembourg and only dealer maintained with stamped service book. The entire factory paintwork and real leather interior are in immaculate condition.

Perfect condition of chassis and body with all the original features and factory wax. Equipped with the following optional features: on-board computer, electric windows, ABS, air conditioning. Worthy collector copy, never used in winter and in best condition.

While you can still get a late model 560SL for well under $20,000, prices are rising for good ones. For the asking price of this 300SL, you could easily source a nice 560SL on these shores for similar money. However, if I was going to have an R107, this would be the one for me. The color, drivetrain and rare on-board computer option would have people abuzz at the next Mercedes-Benz Club Chapter meet.

-Paul

2 Comments

  1. Bushwick Bob
    Bushwick Bob June 1, 2014

    That is the most insanely expensive R107 I have ever seen. That is good pagoda money.

    And you’ve got two tons of roadster with an overmatched six.

    And they don’t even give you a proper tach with your 5-speed.

  2. Stephen
    Stephen June 2, 2014

    Correction: You could easily source THREE good 560SLs for that price.

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