1983 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
The R107 chassis 380SL is by in large one of the most sought after Mercedes-benz models due to its' timeless design, comfort, performance, and reliability. Most industry experts regard the 380's as the "car to buy" for the aforementioned reasons in conjunction with the expected jump in value over the next few years. These cars aren't getting any easier to find, especially not in the condition of this example. It is very apparent that this unit has been thoroughly maintained from the day it rolled off of the lot 32 years ago. Both mechanically and cosmetically the car has been given all of the care its' required, with no expense spared. Mechanically, this 380 is nothing short of a 10. The 3.8L 90-degree V8 runs flawlessly with no abnormal noises or driveability issues. It does not smoke whatsoever, and has no leaks, oil, coolant, or otherwise. The lambda-controlled Bosch K-jetronic allows for easy operation, smooth running, and turn key cold start operation, with no misfires, idle quality issues, or hesitations to note. Mated to a 4-speed automatic, which engages quickly, and has flawless shift quality credited to the updated OE MB vacuum modulator installed, this 380 is the perfect drivers car. Suspension wise, brand new Bilstein shock absorbers were installed, along with new stabilizer links and various bushings, to ensure that when mated to the like-new set of 4 Michelin radial tires, the vehicle performs perfectly with no body roll or abnormal noises. Cosmetically, there is very little to be desired with this 107. The renewed paint shows tremendously well; nothing was cut short in the preparation or installation of any exterior work which was performed on the vehicle. Even after turning up every stone, lifting carpet, and lifting the vehicle, there is absolutely zero indication of the vehicle having any rust or corrosion, past or present. A small defect in the chrome front bumper, likely caused by a minor contact with a set of license plate screws is the only exterior quality issue to note. Interior wise, the front seats have no tears or upholstery issues. Some minor dryness in the drivers seat bolster and passenger seat bottom can be detected only with careful scrutiny, and carpet is nearly flawless in its' entirety. The recovered dashboard shows no signs of fading or cracking, and the steering wheel has no signs of wear either. The center console's Zebrano wooden trim shows a small defect where the veneer has peeled near the window switches, which is easy enough to remedy with a readily available replacement panel at an estimated a cost of $200. The "Bundt-Cake-Mexican-Hat" wheels are all 10/10 with no defects, curb rash, or pitting. As you can see in the photographs, the vehicle has a brand-new convertible top in addition the the included factory hardtop. The latches on both tops, and all of the locking mechanisms for the tonneau and tops work flawlessly with the original tool included with the vehicle. The windows have no fading and the seams are all flawless in the new soft top assembly. In summary, any very discriminating buyer will find that this vehicle has all of the quality that could be desired in any example of an R107 chassis 380 SL.