Few cars from the past reach legendary status, as the R107 generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL has done. With an eighteen year production run between 1971 and 1989, the R107 quickly became a Hollywood favorite, featuring in countless films, being driven by stars on, and off screen as well. Its timeless lines and Mercedes-Benz badge alone mark it out as a highly desirable car, especially if its in good condition as this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster is. With just 37,787 miles on the clock, this example is a low-miler that’s ready to be driven and enjoyed by an enthusiast. It’s also got a numbers-matching motor and transmission as a further draw to a discerning buyer.
The lines of the R107 are the work of Joseph Gallitzendorfer and Friedrich Geiger, and they’ve created an icon of Mercedes-Benz timelessness. Those lines on this Anthracite Gray 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster are slightly diluted by the US-regulated quad sealed beam headlamps and elongated front bumper for crash regulation compliance. Thankfully, that’s only at the front; the sides and rear remain the same as on European market cars, and this example is said to have new tires and a new soft top as well. Badging and chrome detailing appear to be in decent shape. The interior is in gray, with seating for two and an upholstered luggage storage area behind that hosts the first aid kit, and augments the trunk storage on offer. As Mercedes-Benz’ pinnacle two-door offering, the car comes with climate control, power windows and mirrors, power antenna, a Technics radio cassette player. The interior is in decent condition, with some light wear and tear visible on the seats and trim pieces.
While the most potent engine one could have in a R107SL was a 5.6L V8 that put out a healthy 237hp in Euro trim, North American cars were somewhat down on power due to the emissions regulations in force. This 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster packs a smaller 3.8L V8 that will be friendlier on the wallet at the pumps, and it puts out 155hp and 196lb-ft to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. With a car like this, you want to go slower so that everyone can enjoy watching it go by, rather than whizz past in a gray blur. The seller reports a new exhaust muffler has been installed as well.
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