1980 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Auto (R107)


  • 3.8L M116 V8 powerplant with 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Highly original with period colour scheme and brown interior
  • Brown soft top

The Appeal

Big, boxy, and tough-as-nails - the R107 is one of the most legendary, enduring classics in history. These are one of the ultimate evolutions of the roadster, with a legacy of excellent build quality and top-notch comforts coming together to create one of Europe’s most famous cars. 

This example is highly original, with a pleasant period colour scheme and the much-loved, much-respected M116 V8 powerplant

The History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1980
  • Built for the UK market, where it’s spent its entire life
  • The DVLA records 9 owners from new
  • The current owner purchased the car in April 2014
  • Currently indicates 108,347 miles, which appears genuine
  • The is MOT exempt and its current MOT expired in July 2023
  • The paperwork file includes:
    • An impressive set of MOT certificates
    • A stack of invoices
    • V5c document 

The Interior

  • Highly original interior
  • Brown MB-Tex with wooden trim
  • Seats are in very good order
  • One small tear in the driver’s set right-hand bolster
  • The seats themselves however appear otherwise full and free of rips
  • The dashboard is well presented with attractive Zebrano trims
  • The instruments are all clean and well-presented 
  • We’ve no reports of any faults to the interior options
  • A relatively modern CD player has been installed
  • The wood trims carry some signs of wear with the odd mark or scratch
  • The steering wheel and switchgear are in good order
  • The door cards are clean and well-presented with minimal wear
  • Carpets are in good order with minor age-commensurate wear
  • We note that the car appears to be missing its fire extinguisher
  • The soft top’s inner lining is good and clean with no faults we can spot
  • The boot is clean and well-presented

The Exterior 

  • Iconic aesthetics with boxy, attractive bodywork
  • Impressive beige colour scheme that’s quintessentially 80s
  • Bodywork is in good order with no significant dents or dings we can spot
  • No substantial wear to the paintwork
  • The chromework is bright and nicely kept with only light patina
  • Mercedes-Benz branding is all present and correct
  • The glasswork and lenses are well-presented with no chips or cracks
  • The brown soft top looks in good order with no rips or tears
  • The car is sat on its original colour-matched wheels, which look in good condition
  • Shod in a full set of Kumho tyres which look in good order
  • Underneath, the car shows some localised corrosion and areas of wear 
  • However it does appear to be in solid order

The Mechanics 

  • 3.8L M116 V8 powerplant
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • The engine bay looks in good order
  • We’ve no reports of any leaks, knocks, bangs or smoke
  • We understand the car to be starting, shifting, steering and braking well


A superb example of a well-renowned classic, this R107 is ready and waiting to hit the road with its new owner, boasting a rare level of originality and period character. 


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1980
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class 380 SL
  • Colour Beige
  • Odometer 108,347 Miles
  • Engine size 3818
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Location Tyne and Wear
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
3 bids from 2 bidders
  • oliver-•••• £4,000 23/09/23
  • carl-sl•••• £3,333 23/09/23
  • oliver-•••• £1,000 22/09/23

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