The 80s saw a significant shift in the automotive world and trends. Out with the analog, digital dashboards and quirky features were all the fads. With manufacturers jumping on the digital hype train for higher sales Mercedes-Benz and its lineup of roadsters didn't budge and stuck to its guns. Present today is a fine example of Mercedes-Benz royalty and comes in the form of this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL. With a reported 16,900 miles on the clock, this is a true survivor and is a close representation of a factory example.
The iconic design of the R107 SL never really changed much during its production run. The 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL, present today with its white exterior, wears its iconic design well and even sports all its exterior components. After a quick walk around, the US spec bumpers look in excellent condition and blend well with the chrome components on the car's side profile. Matching the chrome, another original feature present is the car's Mercedes-Benz factory wheels. A well-appointed interior is no stranger in any Mercedes-Benz. This 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL and its tan interior aren't just well preserved and in the right color to match the light exterior. Once you are surrounded by the feel and smell of that classic Mercedes-Benz leather, a quick look around, and you are treated to an original interior. The wood trim on the dashboard is in excellent condition and houses all the original analog controls of the car. A quick peek to the side, and one would note the 80s Audio Tel in-car phone is still present and is the cherry on top of the cake regarding authenticity and originality.
In life, very few powertrains match up to the engineering prowess of a Mercedes-Benz V8; regardless of which generation suits your fancy, the silky smooth drive makes for effortless driving and Sunday cruises one to remember. Pop the hood of this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL and what you will find is a 3.8L V8 powertrain built to last and provide smiles per gallon on demand. Power is sent to the car's rear wheels through an automatic transmission.
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