1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL

Like anyone, I love rare and interesting colors. So when I saw this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL in the great China Blue, I just had to take a closer look. Upon taking that closer look, things got even better when I found out this car was a federalized European specification car. From there, it got even more interesting, but maybe not for the best…

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Year: 1983
Model: 380SL
Engine: 3.8 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 158,800 km (98,673 mi)
Price: Reserve Auction

 

VIN Number: WDB10704512000498
498th 380SL off the assembly line
Ultra rare factory optioned China blue paint (color code 934)
True grey market import european version
Owned by German Mechanic and maintained to highest standard
158,800 Kilometers (About 98,700 miles)
Functioning Vacuum headlight adjustments and working clock on the gauge cluster
Dry, Rust free, Accident free Car
$8,000 spent in professional rebuild of a Mercedes 420 engine with the original euro 380 heads (the 380 heads have bigger valves and mechanical idle system with no idle computer.) This solves the 380s issue of being underpowered. It is now very responsive, yet still nimble and light. Giving the car 215HP vs 185HP (380SL). Just as powerful as the 500SL. The car was previously owned by German Auto in Phoenix, the largest independent Mercedes mechanic shop west of the Mississippi. The shop owner personally rebuilt the engine and spared no expense. This car has power!!!!
$25,000 in records dating back to 1983 when it was sold new in Scottsdale, AZ by Young Motorcars. Original loan documents, purchasing agreement, and sale documents included along with the other stack of records. Over $3000 in work in 2017 alone.
Ice cold AC
New kenwood head unit
Clean Arizona Title
Located in San Diego, CA
Overall this is an amazing car. I purchased it for personal use, however it is going to cost too much money to get it smog legal here in California. The car is extremely tight and so well maintained. Just about everything has been done to this car and it could be an amazing daily driver or weekend cruiser. Minor cosmetic issues that come with a 35-year-old car. Being sold ASIS. International buyers welcome.

Cosmetically, this isn’t a bad SL at all. It does have a cracked dash and some fairly weathered wood, but the big picture of this R107 looks really good. It has it faults, but the total package presents well. One thing to note is that this car doesn’t have headrests which might bother some, but they can be added without too much trouble. I don’t mind the chrome Bundts on this car as it is more of a period correct thing as long as they are in decent shape, which they look to be.

Mechanically, this is an interesting car. The seller says this is a 4.2 liter with the 3.8 liter heads. Thing is, the 420SL never made it to North America and we didn’t get the 420SEL until 1986. I guess sometime after 1986 they sourced a 4.2 liter and kept the 3.8 liter heads, which is totally possible. I just wish the seller would be clearer on this or at least provide the invoice so everyone could read what exactly was done. On the other hand, it does have invoices for timing chain work so that is a huge plus for everyone. What isn’t a huge plus is that this R107 can’t pass smog in California. Seeing as the car is currently for sale in California, this poses a problem for possible bidders. Unless you really love China Blue, most people are probably going to move on from this one.

I think bidding will suffer some with this one because of smog issue. I do think it will sell rather easily, but it just won’t have all those California bidders raising the price with every click. Getting it over $10,000 shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but anything beyond that, who knows.

– Andrew

 

1981 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

I go back and forth on whether or not I like the R107. I just think they stuck around way too long and those that want to sell them have grand illusions of what they are actually worth. I think sellers have some kind of mental formula in their head that goes “Mercedes + old + convertible = valuable” when we all know that none of those factors matter unless someone actually pays for it. But every once in a while a R107 comes along that I actually think represent good value for the money you would pay. This 1981 280SL, which looks to be a grey-market import, really represents what I think is the R107 to buy — if you really want one in the first place.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280SL on Mercedes Heritage

Year: 1981
Model: 280SL
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 186,000 miles
Price: $12,500

Very well cared-for German-engineered classic. I am the second owner and have owned the car for 31 years. It was 5 years old when I purchased it with 36,000 miles, current odometer is 186,000. It was always garaged but certainly driven and enjoyed over the years although with careful consideration to weather and other road conditions. I have all maintenance records and do the oil and filter changes myself every 3,000 miles. In short, this one’s been “babied” and if you have ever wanted one, this is the one! Too many attributes to list, so just enjoy the pictures and if seriously interested, let me know. As you can see, I have the original rims as well as the OEM pictured in some of the images. The soft top will need replacement soon although I had it done 8 years ago…..beginning to see some dry-rot.

The quick rundown on this R107 shows 186,000 miles which is high for one of these, but it has been with the same owner for the past 31 years. That is an insane amount of time in the car world as people who usually buy luxury cars are itching for something new around the four-year mark. If anything, it tells me that this car was taken care of as it actually was a long-term investment (I don’t like using that word) for the owner and they didn’t skimp on upkeep. The seller mentions that he has all the maintenance records but it might need a new top in the not too distant future.

Here is why I really like this car: it is a 280SL. That means proper European bumpers and headlights with the M110 straight-six under the hood. Yeah, those foglights next to the government mandated maker lights really ruin the front end of this car but it is nothing that can’t be fixed in an afternoon. This 280SL weighs almost 300 pounds lighter than a later 560SL — the R107 most will tell you is the one to buy. But my argument is that you might as well go for the smaller 2.8 liter because it isn’t like you are buying a R107 to go fast in the first place. These cars are top down pleasure cruisers, not 0-60 runners. No one cares about how much power you are making with these. A new Honda Accord makes more power than a 560SL, who cares if you have the inline-six? For my money, I’d rather have the most aesthetically pleasing car that gets slightly better fuel mileage than the range topping V8 that costs way more.

How much more? This 280SL is listed for $12,500, which isn’t that crazy. I say that meaning that I think all R107s are overpriced, but I am only one man and don’t control the market. If this was a 560SL, I’d wager you’d be asked to pay many thousands more for what is basically the same car. Yeah, you get 50 more horsepower and 100 more lb·ft of torque but you gain those 300 pounds and ugly bumpers and headlights. So while the 560SL still might be king, don’t look down on the 280SL if you can find one. There is no reason to.

1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Imagine walking into a Mercedes-Benz dealer today and saying “Yes, I’m in the market for a new SL. Do you have one in yellow?” The sales representative would probably look at you a little strange then come to realize he or she could talk you into plopping down an extreme amount for a custom color — granted that dealer had enough pull to fulfill the request. But roughly 38 years ago, you could grab a SL right off the lot in yellow. No one batted an eye at this because after all, it was 1979 and yellow was also a color that people painted their homes. Not everyone is now lining up to buy a yellow house (unless it’s at a beach) but this 1979 450SL up for sale in Tennessee? It’s garnering bids because it is not ugly, but period correct.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL on eBay

Year: 1979
Model: 450SL
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 102,627 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

You are bidding on a very desirable highly optioned 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible finished in maple yellow with saddle interior. Between 2013 and 2017, this classic was painted back to the original color, base coat/clear coat including the removable hard top. A brake job was completed including resurfaced rotors and drums, new pads, hone wheel cylinders. New plugs, wires, distributor cap, and battery were installed and tires replaced as well as a complete tune-up. A new set of Jaspe (Black-Tan-Rust) floor mats were installed. Reserve is less than restoration receipts alone. Winning bidder will also receive a new hard top rolling stand with cover to store the hardtop when not on car. Vehicle will need a new convertible top installed and you can pick your favorite color.

Mileage may vary slightly from photo as this car is driven occasionally. Clear Mississippi title will be provided. Reserve is very low (less than recent restoration receipts) so bid with confidence. This car runs and drives great with no smoke or leaks. Tracks down the road straight with plenty of power. Chrome is in good condition with one minor scratch shown in photo and black bumper trim is in good shape. All gauges work (speedometer, odometer, tach, temp, gas gauge, oil pressure, etc. )including the clock. Lights and blinkers work perfectly. Even the original AM/FM Becker radio and speakers work properly. Among the many factory options include power electric windows, folding armrest, auto antenna (works), heat insulating glass, bumper guards, central locking system and others. Headliner on hard top is in good condition. Some small pieces of carpet have been removed when car was painted but are in trunk and can be reinstalled or you can inexpensively install these small pieces with new carpet. Two pieces of chrome trim missing on side of seats but these are available and do not affect the functioning of the seats. Dash pad is good with one small crack shown in photos. ACC unit works intermittently.

VERY LOW RESERVE, less than restoration receipts provided with sale of car. Local pick up available but buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping. Car is being sold for a friend and is located in Memphis, Tennessee. $1,000 deposit required within 48 hours (cash, certified check, or PayPal. Balance due within three days. I can assist with loading if car is being shipped.

This R107 is far from a cream puff or garage queen. It has been painted once, it needs a new convertible top, the wood is cracking, some of the carpet is missing, it has a dash cap that even has a large split in it and under the hood is some serious oxidation. Despite all this, the seller says that mechanically the car up to snuff and everything is working fine. I’d still be wary of everything on this car but it doesn’t seem like it is a total lost cause. 1979 wasn’t a great year by any means for the R107 as you still were saddled with the 3-speed automatic, single-row timing chain M117 V8 and god forsaken automatic climate control system. But for whatever reason, these things still have a fair amount of demand.

Where this auction ends will be interesting. This is no doubt a real work in progress car that can still be driven, but you would think anyone buying one of these in yellow wants to show it off. The haggard interior will need some effort and I would think the price would reflect that. It still amazes that R107s like these will bring a higher price than a decent R129 that is in much better shape. If this thing tops $10,000 I’ll be beside myself, but then again nothing in this inflated market really shocks me anymore.

– Andrew

1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

The R107 arrived in 1971 and remained in production for an extraordinary 18 years, enough time to establish itself as a well-loved symbol of motoring decadence. Today, these roadsters remain usable and admired classics. The 300SL, available in Europe between 1985 and 1989, was never sold in the US. American buyers were therefore deprived of the six cylinder R107 experience, having to choose from a range of V8s instead. A shame, really. In many respects, the bulletproof 3.0 liter engine was a nice match for the chassis. The R107 was always more of a boulevard cruiser rather than a sports car anyway, so the 190 hp offered up by the creamy six cylinder unit is sufficient. With a little less weight up front, these tend to feel a little more agile than the V8-powered models. And aside from some well documented weaknesses (head gaskets, valve guides and stem seals) the M103 is a notoriously reliable motor.

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1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

I’ve been on a little bit of a green kick as well as a featuring a few C107s of late. So why not combine the two and feature an outstanding 450SLC that is absolutely covered in the color green? This 1980 up for sale in Portugal has a nice lighter shade of green in Silver Green Metallic on the outside, but it’s what is inside that really blows you away.

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Year: 1980
Model: 450SLC
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 48,000 km (29,825 mi)
Price: $43,250

1980 Mercedes Benz 450 SLC 48.000Kms Perfect untouched Condition!

1 Portuguese Owner from New!
48.000Kms!
100% Factory Paint – All the Factory assembly marks and wax protection!
All the books; Keys; Tools.
Impossible to find another one in this condition!
This car was order new by Portuguese emigrant in South Africa. LHD special order.
When he came back to Portugal in 1987 the car came with him!
This car was bought directly by us to the 1st owner.
This car was part of small classic car collection.

The last owner was a successful entrepreneur in the car business in South Africa and actually it’s a business man in the automotive area at Portugal.
This car was always extremely well care by the owner!
It’s impossible to find another one in this condition!
Collector’s item!!!

I personally love the color combination on this car. Yes, it’s about late 1970s/early 1980s as you can get, but I think that’s the beauty of it. It’s basically a step back into that era in every way. You can get in this car and suddenly you are transported back 37 years. Everything is nearly factory perfect on this car outside of a dented up muffler and a rusty exhaust pipe. Otherwise, it’s as good as it gets.

One thing I did find a little odd about this specific car is that the 450SLC badging is on the wrong side on the trunk lid. Mercedes always put them on the left side up until about a year ago (Don’t ask me why they changed, I think it’s a dumb idea) but the thing that gets me is that the badging should be held on with three little pins that insert into the trunk lid. This means the trunk lid had to have the holes filled on the left side and three new holes drilled on the right. I suppose they could’ve just snapped the three pegs off then used adhesive to attach the badge. Either way, this strikes me as a little odd.

As for the price, I can’t believe the bidding on this car is up over $38,000 and probably still has a little bit to go. Maybe the Portuguese love the C107 or the color green, but it’s pretty shocking to me how much this 450SLC is set to gather. I’ve posted examples of C107s selling for very little money on the side of the ocean so this is a little surprising to me. Granted, they weren’t in the shape this one is in, but I never thought I’d see a 450SLC even with under 30,000 miles approach almost $40,000.

– Andrew

1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

About a month again I looked at a 1980 280SLC which I found intriguing for two reasons: the relatively low cost and its rare color. Today’s 1974 450SLC for sale in Virginia is a car along those same lines. It is presented in a nice color and, surprisingly, at an even lower cost. It has its flaws but that is probably to be expected for a Mercedes as cheap as this one is. Like I mentioned before, the C107 surely isn’t my favorite Mercedes ever, but deals like this one have me softening my stance on them.

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Year: 1974
Model: 450SLC
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 103,690
Price: $4,750

Classic and rare 450SLC 4 passenger coupe.

Engine Type: M117

275.8 V-8 with overhead cam shafts, electronic fuel injection, 5 main bearings, positive valve rotators & transistorized ignition.

3 speed automatic transmission with torque converter, disk brakes on 4 wheels with power assist, power assist steering, 2.7 turns lock to lock.

Body: Welded unitized construction

Interior:

Speedometer/odometer/tachometer/clock

Halogen fog lights

Power windows

Power sliding sunroof

Automatic antenna

Center rear seat armrest

Needs: AC repair (or replace) and new radio or sound system. The AM/FM original system only works well on the AM setting. The paint and trim are in good shape, two small “bubbles” near the tire wells. See the photos for clarity.

Work done: We have replaced the radiator, hoses, and clamps, (2) front headlight systems, front bucket seats to match original rear leather seats, battery is recent. The car runs well and has been garaged in Virginia. We’re downsizing and won’t have the space to keep it.

I must admit I am a sucker for dark green cars. I’d buy all my cars in dark green if I could, but sadly when dealing with the cars I personally buy (old Mercedes), color is usually the last thing I can be picky about. The paint on this 450SLC looks fairly clean outside of the few rust bubbles that have popped up. The small spot on the lower louvers worries me a little because replacing that kind of metal work is a lot more difficult to fix than the standard flat metal. Inside, the interior needs some love with a cracked dash and some visible dirt, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed in a weekend. Mechanically, the seller says it does need the A/C repaired but I’ve yet to personally meet a old Mercedes that actually has a functioning air condition system. So for me, it’s not a deal breaker.

The price of $4,750 is more than fair for this C107. If this was a 450SL, the seller would be asking $14,750 or maybe even more. The mileage of 100,000 has me wary a little bit as this car might need a timing chain and plastic sliders as well as the hydraulic tensioner with its own plastic slider. It’s about $800 in parts alone but it’ll keep this M117 happy for another 100,000 miles. So if you are looking for a little bit of a rare project car, this one has some real potential in it.

– Andrew

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

I’ve been harsh on the R107 in the past. I’m still not in love with them but a 560SL like this one for sale in Oregon sure is softening my stance. This 1988 not only shows a little more than 10,000 miles, but it also has the ultra-desirable European bumpers and headlights. With this R107 you have the perfect mix of ultra-low mileage, incredible condition, rare parts with a collector market with money to burn. So how high will the bidding go for this pristine 560SL?

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Year: 1988
Model: 560SL
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 10,684 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1988 Mercedes Benz 560SL

One of a kind 560sl with euro bumpers and headlights

OVER 80 Pictures Below!!!

If you are looking for a 560sl like none other, here it is.  With factory Bosch European headlights and euro bumpers, it is the perfect touch to make this car stand out from the crowd.  Also displaying walnut burl inlays on each door panel, this was a dealer add on. Please take a look at the pictures below if you have any question feel free to contact me.

Collecter Quality

Highly Optioned 560SL From The Factory

*10,680 Original Miles*

587 Cabernet Exterior paint on the car is incredible

275 Cream Beige interior is Stunning

Car runs and drives beautifully

Brand New Continental tires

Mechanical condition is excellent.

*Still has Original german soft top*

Hardtop is excellent as well

*Has the Original spare tire and Wheel*

The car does not leak any fluids.

Smooth and responsive shifting from the transmission

NO RUST

Front seats and door trim are original and in excellent condition

Carpet is clean.

The dash has NO cracks

Clear title

All instrumentation and gauges function correctly: power windows, heater, a/c, lights, turn signals, horn, cruise control, radio, clock, temperature gauge and wipers work very well and as they should.

This car has been very well Maintained, if you have any questions or would like to see more pictures feel free to send me an email or give me a call @ 541-538-9809

I can assist with shipping at buyers cost.

Car is located in Medford, OR. I have a free and clear Title

Car is sold as is where is without any given warranties written or implied.

This car is for sale locally and I do reserve the right to end the auction.

Just to reiterate, this car is absolutely flawless. Sellers throw around the term “showroom condition” a lot and on 99% of the cars I see with that term used I roll my eyes. Not with this one. Everything is perfect and even has the original hang tags from the dealer. The Cabernet paint is amazing and the condition of the wood would make a Rolls-Royce owner envious.

Now let’s talk price. A nice 560SL with 50,000-100,000 miles and a solid maintenance history will probably set you back between $15,000 to $20,000, depending on the color combination and the location. As I write this, the bidding is a hair under $40,000 and I think it still has more steam in it with a few days to go. Would I be surprised to see it top $50,000? Not at all.

The only downside I see with buying this car is that you can afford to be picky with the 560SL. On eBay right at this moment, there are currently eight other 560SLs with under 50,000 miles. Three of those cars have under 25,000 miles. Is there a giant value difference between a car with 10,000 miles and 18,000 miles? Probably not. But what will put this car over the top from the rest is the European bumpers and headlights. It totally transforms the looks of these cars and is worth every penny cosmetically. So if you have been waiting for the perfect R107, this one might be it.

– Andrew

1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SLC

I go back and forth as to whether or not I like the C107. It was just a R107 with a fixed top, 14 more inches added to the wheelbase and some small rear seats. The biggest thing that really turns me off to this car are those window louvers. My eyes are always drawn directly to them and how awkward they look. I understand they needed to differentiate this car enough to sway buyers from the SL and probably couldn’t engineer a window regulator to fit in that space with a large piece of glass, but there had to be another design option on the table. Now that it’s 2017 and I very rarely even see a C107 in the wild, I’m starting to soften my harsh opinion on them. Today’s car, a European market 280SLC in Goldbraun, is certainly helping that cause.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SLC on Seattle Craigslist

Year: 1980
Model: 280SLC
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 107,500 mi
Price: $5,500

1980 Mercedes 280 SLC (Euro)owners manual in German all original second owner 107,500 miles. Good shape, runs fine, solid car. Was grandma’s car and always garaged and maintained. New tires, new transmission, new exhaust, only maintained by Mercedes dealers, no rust. No rust. No rust solid floors and no rust oh and there isn’t any rust $5,500

Having been accustom to the standard 450SLC with the giant diving board bumpers and those awful chrome wheel arches, this C107 is a breath of fresh air. The M110 twin-cam engine is no powerhouse with only a 185 horsepower, but it should be adequate for this car. Inside, the plaid cloth interior,  manual climate control and Becker Grand Prix 470 radio are all welcome as what I think is an improvement over what came in the U.S. 450SLC cars. Outside the Goldbraun paint is very rare and look great with clean Bundts and those amazing slim European bumpers.

For $5,500, this is a really good price. If I wasn’t on the other side of the country I’d be on my way to check this thing out in person. For the price you can’t really go wrong given the seller says this is a two-owner car that was dealer serviced its whole life and doesn’t have any rust. This car probably needs the standard $500-1,000 in repairs when you buy it but I still think you’ll come out ahead on this car if you pick it up. I’m not suggesting the C107 is or will be any kind of collector car, but this specific car checks all the right boxes for a desirable car.

– Andrew

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

1There used to be an R107 parked near where I live. It was green, in mint condition and it sparkled in the sun like it was new. I once saw the driver, a smartly dressed young woman in her mid twenties. An unusual car for a young person to own, I thought, especially in buttoned-up DC. Did she have impeccable taste in cars? A love for classic Benzes? Rich parents who’d gifted her their old roadster? All of the above? It’s no longer there, so I cannot ask her. But I do notice these cars more and more these days, as I realize the R107 might well be the definitive classic Mercedes. Timelessly styled, precision engineered and still exuding that ineffable sense of old money, they will soon be collectible, if they are not already. A friend from graduate school recently bought one. When I see the pictures of him on Facebook sitting in it, I can’t help but admire it. And feel a hint of jealousy.

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Michael Schumacher’s 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 6.0 AMG

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I hope your Monday is going well, but if by high chance it’s not, hopefully this car can change that. Today we have a bonkers 1986 560SL 6.0 AMG and just to make it even better, it was owned by none other than Michael Schumacher. This R107 is a creation of ex-AMG engineer and current owner of Mercedes tuner MKB Pano Avramidis who took an already crazy 560SL 6.0 AMG and added a healthy dose of modern Mercedes upgrades. Of course all this comes with a very hefty price. So let’s take a look at this R107 AMG for sale in Monaco.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Michael Schumacher’s 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 6.0 AMG on Classic Driver

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