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This example of the iconic and loved R107 with the thumping V8 engine has had over £25k spent in the past few years with specialists such as SL Shop and others to maintain and bring the car up to standard.
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It’s no surprise that Mercedes-Benz ran the production of these SLs in different variants for some 17 years. Instantly recognisable, the 500SL turns heads, and for all the right reasons. Costing more than £40,000 in the early ’80s (equivalent to more than £100,000 in today’s money) if you owned a 500SL in-period, you were somebody. Mercedes built their reputation for excellent build quality and sublime comfort and they really hit the mark here. The whopping 5.0 litre V8 up front easily consumes all the road you can present it with, whilst the smooth automatic gearbox and comfortable ‘boulevard-style’ leather seats made this the effortless cruiser we all adore.
Externally, the paintwork has a few defects. The car has had some new paintwork in areas where it benefitted from it without the need for a full respray as largely the paint was very good. The paintwork was also recently detailed by The Master Detailer who prepares concours-winning cars for internationally renowned events such as Pebble Beach Concours and Salon Privé. He was able to get the shine and gloss back, removing many of any light stretches and marks. There are some marks on the front bumper and some stone chips as to be expected. The wheels have a couple of marks on them, and the chrome has some marks and scratches to them, specifically on the hardtop roof. The hardtop was recently resprayed and now looks great. I know personally that I would choose a car such as this that has been used and driven rather than a conscious example that never gets driven because I feel I could rely on this car to get me anywhere knowing it has been lovingly cherished and maintained regardless of cost.
Although at 150,000 miles + The car’s MB-tex leather vinyl has held up pretty well, with only small bits of the car needing to be sorted. The material was developed by Mercedes in the 1960s, as an alternative to leather it is very durable it manages to keep its softness without maintenance. The car has also recently had some new carpets made so this helps the interior to present very well. The dash does feature the usual cracks that these cars feature from age, and there is a make where the previous owner attached a phone mount and this has cause some damage to the centre console, which can be fixed easily.
Mechanically the car runs and drives beautifully without fault, just as you would expect for a quality piece of German engineering from the 80s. The car has had a much of work done to the car mechanically making the car a strong preposition for a cosmetic refresh. We understand the engine to have been rebuilt, the previous owner told the current owner that it was but we have no evidence of this in the form of paperwork or correspondence. The car drives very well and starts up the first time every time so I could believe that it was, the engine bay also presents very well which again could be a sign that it was removed and rebuilt.
The chassis was very advanced for its time compared to its predecessor featuring a unibody chassis compared to the ladder frame chassis of the R107's predecessor the Pagoda. The very advanced chassis was designed with safety from the start and the Mercedes engineers were able to keep the car's weight around 1,600 kg dry despite being part of the Mercedes 'over-engineered' generation. This advanced engineering level made the car very safe, very comfortable and controlled with well-damped suspension for comfortable cruising. The assisted recirculating ball steering was an advanced system for the time, featuring very low resistance due to the ball bearings used. This went with the advanced over-engineered luxury this car is famed for and the well-connected and light steering feel of this set-up suited the car's character. The vehicle also featured a very advanced braking system, ahead of its time giving the car a very powerful and consistent braking system even after long hours of repeated use.
The car's automatic gearbox is something that suits the car's character very well. The 4-speed automatic was something that was upgraded from the 3-speed from the 1980s onward and to great effect. The power drives the rear wheels through an open differential.
The R107 SL 500 featured a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) layout, which is common for luxury sports cars and grand tourers. The RWD configuration provided good balance and handling characteristics, making the SL 500 enjoyable to drive on winding roads and highways. Limited-Slip Differential (optional): In some versions of the R107 SL 500, a limited-slip differential was offered as an option. This differential helped improve traction and handling by distributing power more evenly between the rear wheels, especially during spirited driving or when encountering slippery road conditions.
The assisted recirculating ball steering was an advanced system for the time, featuring very low resistance due to the ball bearings used. This went with the advanced over-engineered luxury this car is famed for and the well-connected and light steering feel of this set-up suited the car's character.
The vehicle also featured a very advanced braking system, ahead of its time giving the car a very powerful and consistent braking even after long hours of repeated use.
Maintenance History Summary:
This example of the R107 500 SL has been enjoyed and loved by its current owner and there is a large paperwork folder full of invoices, including MOT certificates dating back to 2000. The car has been used as the owner's regular ‘daily’ car for the past 10 years and he has put around 6, 000 miles on it in that time and spent more than £25, 000 on the car in his ownership with specialists such as SL Shop, so you can rest assured this car has been looked after by the right people. Mechanically the car has recently received the following: SL SHOP approx - April 2021 - 4 x new tyres and wheels refurbished - New front brake disks and pads - New front brake hoses - New brake fluid/ brake fluid change - New low-pressure steering hoses - New NS Lower control arm TOTAL: £5, 188 Notting Hill Garage - Sept 2018 - Full service with new rear fuel pumps TOTAL: £1, 289 Notting Hill Garage - July 2017 - Full Service - Nearside front calliper replaced both front brake pads TOTAL: £1, 142 Notting Hill Garage - October 2018 - New top and lower suspension arms - New linkages (Overhauled front suspension) - Welding and Rustproofing to nearside front jacking point - New gearbox oil seal - Full Service TOTAL: £6, 445 Kensington Autocare - November 2020 - Weld repair to rear roof scuttle, repaint cover panel, boot lid, and rear quarter panels. Offside front wing, Repair sun visors TOTAL: £3, 384 Kensington Autocare - July 2021 - Replace soft top front end seal, replace interior lamps, re-fix speaker cover in the dash TOTAL: £475 Kensington Autocare - May 2022 - Remove the gearbox, replace the oil pump, and front seal kit, speedo clock out/ in repair - Weld repairs to inner and outer sills, underfloor, rear wheel arches inner TOTAL: £6, 116 Kensington Autocare - July 2022 - Repair Offside Rear Quarter, repair boot springs TOTAL: £1, 416 Straight 8 Paint - February 2023 - Repaint both front wings, the hard top and the rear quarter as well as additional touch-ups. Total: £1, 000 TOTAL: £26, 455 spent It appears that the car had its odometer replaced in around 2009 as the MOT history and mileage shows us its mileage in 2009 was 152, 508 miles and it currently shows just over 96, 000 miles. I would therefore expect the genuine mileage to be in the region of 158, 500 miles given the 6, 000 miles it has done in that time. Mechanically the car runs and drives beautifully without fault, just as you would expect for a well-maintained quality piece of German engineering from the 80s. We invite you to see the car for yourselves and we believe that if you are looking for a well-loved classic Mercedes R107 in great mechanical condition and very usable condition. We look forward to hearing from you and showing you around the car.