• MOT valid until 8th April 2025
  • Folding soft top and colour-matching hard top both present and in good condition
  • Highly original and well-preserved

The Appeal

The vast majority of classic convertibles aren’t exactly what you’d call practical. Designed for the occasional B Road blast, these usually aren’t the sort of cars you can comfortably use over long distances and rely on them not to break down. That’s where the SL comes in.
Mercedes-Benz seems to have this unrivalled ability to take any established concept and instantly do it better than anyone else. Starting with a convertible version of the “Gullwing” accompanied by a four-cylinder 190 SL, before progressing to the supremely stylish W113 “Pagoda”, Mercedes were on a roll by the early ‘70s when the R107 was launched. 
Produced from 1971 to 1989, the R107 remains the most perenially popular of the classic SLs and we’re delighted to offer his 1985 280. Resplendent in red with matching hubcaps and the now rare factory hard top, this SL is a very handsome example. It’s commendably original throughout and appears very well preserved. The MOT runs until April 2025, so this is just the car to buy now in readiness for the summer.

The History and Paperwork

  • One of the last 280 SLs before the introduction of the 300
  • UK-supplied in right-hand drive
  • 131,041 miles indicated
  • MOT valid until 8th April 2025
  • V5C present
  • Collection of recent MOT certificates

The Condition

  • Straight and solid-looking bodywork
  • The red paintwork is very bright and presents really well overall
  • Up close, there are some minor blemishes including the odd blister and chip
  • The doors fit well and various panels appear to align nicely
  • Smart chrome trim
  • OEM steel wheels complete with hub caps
  • Very smart part cloth, part vinyl upholstery with only light wear apparent
  • Some age-related wear to the veneers
  • Modern DIN stereo fitted
  • Smart instrumentation and switchgear
  • The carpets present well, as does the luggage compartment
  • The folding soft top appears tight and the vendor demonstrates that it folds correctly
  • Clear rear windows
  • Removable hard top complete with the correct tool and in fine condition 
  • Original first aid kit present

The Mechanics 

  • 2,746 cc 
  • Four-speed automatic gearbox (an optional extra)
  • Original-looking engine compartment 
  • Offered with a long MOT

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1985
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 131,041 Miles
  • Engine size 2746
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Alton
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
10 bids from 4 bidders
  • wendy.p•••• £6,000 20/06/24
  • Glenm £5,350 19/06/24
  • MrBAH1 £5,250 19/06/24
  • wendy.p•••• £5,000 19/06/24
  • MrBAH1 £4,000 19/06/24
  • Rs brot•••• £3,500 19/06/24
  • MrBAH1 £3,150 19/06/24
  • wendy.p•••• £3,000 19/06/24
  • MrBAH1 £1,000 19/06/24
  • Rs brot•••• £500 19/06/24

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