The R107 generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL is becoming quite the desirable classic car, as there are examples from its inception in 1971 right up to its last production year of 1989 to consider. Throughout the R107's production span, observable progress and meaningful improvements can be realized. That doesn't mean that early models are any less special, but many tend towards a later-model example, such as this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL we've got for sale right now. Don't let its 91,000 miles put you off, as the current owner reports quite a bit of refurbishment and replacement work has been done on it.
Wearing lovely blue paintwork, this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL is a sight for sore eyes wherever you choose to drive it. Purists will appreciate the finer details, such as the original alloy wheels, fog lamps, and US-market-specific headlamps plus elongated bumpers. You also receive a hard top, as well as a soft top, with the sale of this car. The windshield wipers have received new blades to ensure excellent wiping characteristics in pouring rain. Said to be the original interior, the current owner reports that the air conditioning has received a recent servicing and new refrigerant, which is nice for those living in warmer climes. The cabin is a two-seat affair in tan, with a luggage shelf behind the seats, augmenting the car's generous trunk. There's also a Becker Grand Prix radio with a cassette tape player, albeit reportedly nonfunctional. The current owner reports a new antenna has been installed.
Sporting a 3.8L V8 that was rated for 155hp and 196lb-ft, this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL isn't going to win at the local drag strip, but that's not its raison d'etre. Rather, it's meant to be a stylish and easygoing cruiser, with its 4-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels in a smooth fashion. The current owner reports that the engine has received an oil change. Further work done is said to include new fuses, a new fan motor, new water pump and radiator hoses, and a new thermostat. The current owner also tells us that the car has new brake pads and rotors.
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