1984 Mercedes-Benz R107 380SL


  • Restored a few years ago including bulkhead 
  • Stylish Orient Red over retrimmed beige interior 
  • Long MOT to May 2025 
  • Eligible for Historic Vehicle status from April 2025 
  • Thick and very well documented history 
  • Smart brown soft top recently fitted 

The Appeal 

This handsome V8 R107 has a topical association: its first keeper was Tony Blair’s barrister. It has passed through the hands of very few keepers since, arriving today in well cared for and sparingly used condition. 
It is a late ‘pre facelift’ car with the well regarded 3.8litre M116 V8 engine that delivers an effortless but suitable soundtracked experience. The presentation has been helped by an extensive restoration a few years ago, including replacing the all-important bulkhead. The beige cloth cabin was retrimmed at the same time. The bulging history file attests to further care over the years. 
A long MOT to May 2025 underlines the sense of a well kept and very solid V8 car. That could be the car’s last test because from April 2025 it will be eligible for registration as a Historic Vehicle so will be MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt. A further reason to consider this stylish and much-historied car. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 16th August 1984
  • Factory built in May 1984
  • Seven registered keepers from new 
  • Previously sold at auction by Car & Classic to current keeper 
  • Current keeper since Juy 2020 
  • Only 500 miles covered since purchase
  • Thick history file as shown in photographs
  • The file covers handwritten letters, bills of sale, old tax discs and MOTs
  • Photographic record of £8,500 restoration after 2015 including interior retrim 
  • This work included replacing the bulkhead 
  • Soft top replaced after 2015 at cost of £1,500 
  • First sold by marque dealer Allan Day with plaque in engine bay 
  • First keeper reported to be Tony Blair’s barrister
  • Factory handbooks in good condition 
  • MOT to 22nd May 2025 with 108,897 miles showing on test with two minor advisories
  • Car has reportedly covered very few miles since that MOT test 
  • Eligible for Historic Vehicle status from April 2025 so MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt from that date

The Condition

  • Professionally resprayed in Orient Red (501O) and remains in very good order
  • Some minor signs of age to note in photographs but none look significant 
  • These include bubbling below fuel filler and surface corrosion to wheel well 
  • Underside presents well with no structural advisories on current MOT 
  • There are other minor marks to note outside such as deterioration of the bumper chrome blade
  • Supplied with hard top and stand but roof is in non-matching silver
  • Hard top appears to be in good order with only light signs of use 
  • Exterior fittings are very presentable with only minor marks to note in photographs 
  • 14in ‘Mexican Hat’ alloy wheels with matching spare, all in good well kept condition 
  • Fitted with Maxxis tyres all round showing good tread and condition 
  • Brown fabric roof fitted since 2015 and remaining in very good condition with clear screens
  • Retrimmed interior in beige cloth with correct checked fabric sourced from Germany
  • We are told that the sun visors were also retrimmed at the same time 
  • Few signs of age in cabin and only minor points to note in photographs 
  • These include light wear to veneers and small barely visible crack on dashboard 
  • High specification includes seat heaters and cruise control 
  • Factory tool kit and first aid kit in good order 
  • Original carpets showing light marks but remaining very presentable 

The Mechanics 

  • 3.8litre M116 90 degree V8 engine 
  • 4spd automatic gearbox 
  • Factory fitted with ABS
  • Thick history file of regular maintenance 
  • Sparingly used since vendor acquired car in 2020 
  • No reported running or driving issues to advise
  • We understand that the car starts in Neutral rather than Park, a common R107 issue
  • Two minor mechanical and running gear advisories to note on current MOT
  • Otherwise the car appears to be in very good order and ready to enjoy 

This sale is subject to the Car & Classic Terms and Conditions. By bidding and/or making an offer, you also agree to the following: 
The seller is registered as a private seller which means consumer rights stemming from EU consumer protection law do not come into effect. However, you are still covered by Car & Classic’s own Terms and Conditions.. 
We request that a non-refundable fee  be paid if you are the lucky winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted Please refer to our helpful FAQs and T&Cs for specific rates. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is Where Is’ basis and without warranty. Photos and descriptions are solely for guidance purposes and it's customary to carry out a full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase for your own peace of mind. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
We want a smooth transaction just as much as you do and as such we run all UK-registered cars and motorbikes for sale on Car & Classic through an online HPI check to verify that they show no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and have no finance owing, allowing you to bid with confidence. 
✓ We also check whether vehicles are recorded as being written off as part of an insurance total loss claim at the time an advert is placed on Car & Classic and we helpfully provide write-off category labels (Cat C/D/S/N) for your assistance. However, the presence or absence of a label does not guarantee the vehicle’s status and it is always worthwhile carrying out your own  full vehicle history check before making an offer on a vehicle. 
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Auction Details
  • Year 1984
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 108,531 Miles
  • Engine size 3800
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Aberdeen
  • County Scotland
  • Country United Kingdom
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