1982 Mercedes-Benz 280SL R107


  • Subject to circa £6000 mechanical refresh and engine overhaul in 2022 
  • Backed by extensive history file 
  • Smartly presented throughout in desirable specification 
  • Sought after 280SL variant 
  • Tax and MOT exempt 

The Appeal 

Hailing from the golden era of Mercedes Benz, the R107 generation SL really personifies what made the marque so great during the 1970s and 80s. Timeless, elegant styling, robust drivelines and of course untold levels of engineering quality. The SL fell perfectly for buyers looking for an effortlessly classy luxury sports convertible that lacked the brash, imposing aura that came with many of its market competitors. Something achieved throughout the several generations of the model right up to present day, but none quite like the R107. 
This 1982 R107 is a splendid and rather interesting example of the coveted model. A desirable 280SL in a classic, timeless specification, it displays in brilliant form inside and out, and boasting a thorough mechanical refresh and engine overhaul is in fine mechanical fettle as well. Certainly for the keen Mercedes enthusiast an R107 like this takes some beating and should be a serious contender to become the new addition to any driveway or prestigious collection. 

The History and Paperwork 

  • First registered 04/11/1982 
  • Supplied new via Mercedes distributor Europa Cars LTD of Sheffield 
  • Current owner since 1993 
  • Accompanied by Mercedes Benz book pack with various manuals and service book present with extensive collection of servicing stamps 
  • Large collection of invoices are with the car detailing maintenance work, including one in the region of £6000 for a 2022 mechanical refresh and engine overhaul 
  • Both tax and MOT exempt due to the vehicle’s age and historic status 
  • Despite MOT exemption the car has a current MOT valid until February 2025 
  • Comes with a collection of Mercedes service manuals diagrams and information booklets 
  • V5 registration document is also to hand 

The Condition 

  • Excellently presented example throughout, boasting good, highly original bodywork and interior 
  • Finished from the factory in Signal Red 
  • The paintwork stands today in great form, notably lacking in signs of blemishing or age related marking, with a good shine still visible 
  • External chrome trim is in good form, as is the surrounding badging, lighting and glass work 
  • Characteristic removable hard top roof is clean and in great working order, unlatching using the accompanying Mercedes tool with ease 
  • High quality 14” silver Mercedes Benz alloys reside at all four corners with a fifth full size spare in the boot 
  • Quality cream upholstery used throughout, very well aged with a distinct lack of wear or signs of excessive use on the seating, dash or door panels 
  • Fitted with optional rear seating 
  • Interior trim, fascias and fittings are in impressively good order 
  • Becker Europa radio head unit 
  • Plush carpeting used throughout the cabin and within the well sized boot area 

The Mechanics 

  • Fitted with a highly revered 2.8 litre Mercedes six cylinder engine 
  • Paired with a wonderfully smooth automatic transmission 
  • In 2022 the engine was subject to an extensive overhaul and rebuild costing around £6000 
  • The car currently stands in great mechanical order, firing into life with ease and providing a great overall, characteristically smooth driving experience 
  • MOT valid until February 2025 


Seen by many as one of the most important models in Mercedes history, the R107 really is a great car. Confidently ticking all the boxes one looks for in a classic roadster, the beautifully styled, endlessly reliable machine has behind it a dedicated following of enthusiasts and parts supply both from aftermarket and Mercedes themselves, and for good reason. 
Demand for these cars is on a seemingly endless upward surge, with hordes of people looking for a stylish, usable and attainable classic car and quickly realising the R107 is just about one of the best candidates for the job. A well presented, excellent specification example, this dashing red 280SL leaves very little not to like.

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Auction Details
  • Year 1982
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 280 SL
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 124,738 Miles
  • Engine size 2746
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Sawbridgeworth
  • County Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
20 Bids
  • jo•••• £14,750 14/03/24
  • mi•••• £14,500 14/03/24
  • mi•••• £14,250 14/03/24
  • jo•••• £14,000 14/03/24
  • co•••• £12,000 13/03/24
  • Cl•••• £11,500 13/03/24
  • Sw•••• £7,000 11/03/24
  • Ne•••• £6,800 11/03/24
  • Sw•••• £6,600 10/03/24
  • Pa•••• £6,500 10/03/24

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