Mercedes Benz 280SL
Mercedes Benz 280SL
Technical Specification

Mark & Model Mercedes Benz 280SL
Year 1985
Registration plate Jersey registered
Chassis Number WDB 107 042 2A 030925-5
Engine Number 110 990 22 009471
Engine Capacity 2746 cc
Transmissions 4-speed automatic
Mileage 38,000
Body style 2-door convertible
Interior color Tan
Exterior color Light Ivory
Seating capacity 2
Wheels and Tyres Original steel wheels
Asking Price £ 29,950
The Mercedes-Benz R107 series SL sports cars were produced between 1971 and 1989, when replaced by the R129 series SL-Class, with around 240,000 built during that period. They were offered with a number of different engine options - initially a V8 then a smaller capacity 6 cylinder as well. The R107 used the chassis components of the midsize Mercedes-Benz W114 saloon series, but in a shorter-wheelbase, 2-seat, convertible/roadster style with standard soft-top, and optional hardtop. The body style did not materially change from their introduction in 1971 through to the end of production. The 280SL model was available from 1974, fitted with a 2.8 litre, straight-six engine, Bosch fuel injection and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The car offered here was first registered, new in Jersey, in July 1985 and has remained in local ownership since that time. It has had very limited use over the last 20 years and is now being reluctantly sold due to ill health.
The R107 SL range is a popular classic, with stylish looks, a good reputation for reliability, a comfortable ride and the ability to be used daily like a modern car if required. It can happily deal with town driving and traffic as well as embarking on long, continental journeys. This quite exceptional, original example is solid, drives very nicely and with minor improvements the condition could be bought to another level. With just 2 owners from new, it has only covered a limited overall mileage during its life (the original speedo was replaced at 27,500 miles, which is documented) with the new speedo now showing just below 10,000 miles. The current owner - for the last 18 years - has only used the car very sparingly, covering under 5000 miles, with the car stored in a heated garage which evidences the excellent, original condition of the vehicle. The 3-digit Jersey registration number is not included in the sale.
The bodywork is in very good original condition throughout and the car looks very presentable. It does not appear to have been restored or repainted in the past and is generally free from stone-chips, scuffs and scratches, with very little evidence of any corrosion. The chrome trim is all present and in good condition, with just a little bubbling on the original die cast boot lid handle, which is not uncommon. The underside is in quite remarkable original condition with only a few very minor traces of corrosion – pleasantly surprising for this model car after 35 years.
The original interior is in excellent condition - the dashtop has no cracks; the wood trim shows no lacquer peel or sun damage and all the instruments are working, as are the electric windows. The seats and doorcards are clean and unmarked. The carpets show little wear (some have been replaced at some point in the car’s life). Only two small areas betray the car’s age - the driver’s seat shows a little wear in the centre section of the cushion and the driver’s side rubber sill cover has some rubber disintegrating along its outer edge. The convertible hood, which looks like the original, is in very good condition, as is the hood mechanism.
Having had a recent service, the straight-six engine runs evenly and pulls well; the automatic transmission shifts smoothly. The brakes are strong, the power-steering works well and the suspension is in good order – the car drives nicely with no rattles, clonks or unexpected noises. Given its limited use however, it could benefit from some minor re-commissioning work to bring it back to first class condition.
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