1988 Mercedes-Benz R107 500SL

*** Interested parties should note, this vehicle was subject to a CAT S insurance loss in 08/2022 ***


  • Well used and maintained V8 R107 
  • Older restoration in appealing colour scheme 
  • Recent £9,000 work to structure, electrics and mechanicals
  • Serviced in April 2024 with work to brakes and shocks
  • Long MOT to April 2025 
  • Matching hard top and factory rear seat 

The Appeal 

The R107’s reassuringly solid engineering and construction makes it perfect to really use and enjoy. Case in point - this 1988 V8 R107. 
It has covered a remarkable 205,000 from new. For Mercedes-Benz’ bulletproof M117 engine that is barely run. But it does mean that this car has been regularly maintained and should therefore prove reliable for the buyer. Since 2019 over £9,000 has been invested across the structure, mechanicals and running gear. 
It was resprayed in 1998 in fetching dark grey metallic, including the matching hard top. The tidy interior is finished in beige leather and is fitted with the desirable optional factory rear seat. There are a few signs of age and use across the car, but this is not intended to be a showroom queen - it is a car to use and enjoy, ideally relishing that torquey 5litre V8. 
A recent service plus new shock absorbers and work to the brakes, and a long MOT ensure this top specification R107 is ready to use and enjoy. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 26th August 1988 
  • Seven registered keepers 
  • Factory built in July 1988 
  • Originally finished in Blue-Black metallic 
  • Resprayed in what is described as bronze/black in March 1998
  • Good history file showing over £9,000 of work since 2019 detailed below 
  • Some older invoices included in photographs 
  • MOT to 29th April 2025 with advisories and 204,990 miles showing on test 
  • Now showing 205,030 miles 
Notable recent maintenance 
  • 30/04/24: service, attention to rear brakes, front pads and rear shock absorbers
  • June 2020: new steering box, ignition leads, distributor cap and ABS checked and tested
  • November 2019: tune up, power steering pump, injectors cleaned, new tyres
  • February 2019: welding work 

The Condition

  • Generally solid and presentable car with some cosmetic issues to note in photos 
  • Finished in grey metallic with matching hard top and good overall paint finish 
  • Bodywork is in fair condition with various areas for buyer to note in photographs 
  • These include bubbling to rear offside arch, front offside wing and driver’s door 
  • Offside sill chrome trim is held in place with tape 
  • Rear bumper generally presentable but with some corrosion visible 
  • Lights generally well kept but front offside foglight cracked 
  • Driver’s door mirror shows some light cosmetic deterioration 
  • Underside reported as solid on last MOT but shows some surface corrosion
  • Extensive welding in 2019 totalling over £5,000 
  • The buyer may wish to attend to this to avoid long term deterioration 
  • Hard top appears to be in good order with tidy interior fittings 
  • Black fabric roof in good order with clear rear screen and no visible damage 
  • Fitted with factory ‘Gullideckel’ alloy wheels in fair condition with matching spare 
  • New tyres fitted all round in 2019
  • Beige leather interior is presentable condition with optional rear seat fitted
  • Front seats are in good order with usual bolster wear to note to driver’s side
  • Fitted with aftermarket four spoke wooden steering wheel 
  • Cabin trim, veneers and switchgear generally well kept with some deterioration in photos 
  • Carpets in matching beige finish with some staining and marks visible through cabin and boot 
  • Factory tool kit included with wheel jack 

The Mechanics 

  • 4,973cc V8 M117 engine 
  • 4spd automatic gearbox 
  • Regular maintenance noted in history file 
  • £9,000 invested since 2019 across structure and mechanicals 
  • Serviced in April 2024
  • Rear brakes attended to and front pads replaced at same time
  • Rear shock absorbers replaced in April 2024 
  • No reported running or driving issues
  • Some minor advisories to note on current MOT 

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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. 
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Auction Details
  • Year 1988
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class
  • Colour Blue
  • Mileage 205,030 Miles
  • Engine size 4973
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Windsor
  • County Berkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
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Bidding history
3 Bids
  • john-jo•••• £10,000 13/07/24
  • Markmac•••• £2,000 11/07/24
  • Dino61 £1,000 11/07/24

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