The Mercedes-Benz SL series has been around since 1954, when the legendary 300SL Gullwing debuted the 'Super Leicht' branding that continues to this day. One of the icons along the way is the R107 generation, which ran from 1971 to 1989. A firm Hollywood favorite, the SL continues to turn heads in 2022. Here's your chance to pick up one of these German beauties; we've got a 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible up for sale.
Sporting a cream-white exterior, this 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible beautifully showcases the lines of the R107 that were first penned in 1968. This North American market example is equipped with elongated front and rear bumpers and individual sealed-beam headlamps as mandated by the authorities at the time. Rolling on its original Mercedes-Benz alloys and sporting all badging intact, this specimen is indeed something to behold. The current owner reports that the soft top and hard top are available. This car's tan interior is also said to be original and offers seating for two on leather-trimmed seats. A luggage area sits right behind them to augment the trunk space on offer, and we can see two aftermarket speakers have been installed. They work with the modern Pioneer Mixtrax satellite radio-compatible head unit, which also offers CD, AUX, and USB playback options. Furthermore, the current owner tells us that the air conditioning unit is reportedly new, which is nice to have when driving in warmer climes. Closer inspection of the cabin also reveals a cruise control stalk, leading us to believe that this 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible is equipped as such. As the pinnacle grand tourer from Mercedes-Benz, the usual powered conveniences are on board, as you'd expect, but it's all that you'd need; nothing extra to distract you from the allure of driving.
While the 560SL is the daddy of the R107, lesser powered variants like this 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible can still hold their own. Beneath the hood of this car lies a 3.8L V8 with Bosch fuel injection that put out 155hp at 4,750rpm and 196lb-ft at 2,750rpm when new. Notice that it's not exactly a high-revver? That's because an SL's forte is effortless cruising, helped by the smooth shifting 4G-TRONIC four-speed automatic transmission sending drive to the rear wheels. The current owner reports that the car has received a new timing chain, a critical maintenance activity that's one less worry for the new owner.
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