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1981 Mercedes-Benz 280SL (R107)


  • Well stamped service book and sizeable history file
  • Excellent Ivory paintwork 
  • Air conditioning fitted 
  • Factory hard top included

The Appeal

Here we have a great example of Mercedes’ popular R107. It features the smooth-running 2.8-litre straight-six engine coupled to an automatic gearbox. And best of all, it has had extensive work to its body panels, followed by a respray completed in 2017.

The blue cloth interior of the car is beautifully presented and features desirable zebrano wood trim. Modern luxuries such as an updated stereo and a USB charging socket have been added, as well as an air conditioning system. 

All this makes this SL 280 a very drivable classic, the kind of car you could happily drive every day without any more effort than driving a much more modern vehicle. It’s smart, well appointed and versatile, so what’s not to like?

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 21st August 1981
  • Road Tax and MOT exempt 
  • The car’s last MOT expired on 31st August 2022, without advisories
  • Purchased by the vendor in September 2020
  • Refurbished, including a respray
  • Two keys 
  • Extensive history file
  • An almost complete run of MOT certificates from 1985 onwards
  • Well stamped service booklet 
  • UK V5C
  • Extensive invoices for parts and servicing 

The Interior

  • Beautiful blue check cloth interior 
  • Heated front seats
  • There are very few signs of use to the upholstery
  • Matching blue carpets clean and tidy
  • Zebrano wood trim in great condition 
  • Dashboard gauges, switches and controls all remain bold ad clear
  • USB charging socket added
  • Air conditioning fitted in 2017
  • Modern stereo CD player fitted 
  • Fire extinguisher fitted in passenger footwell
  • Spacious, fully carpeted boot to the rear 
  • Full size spare wheel below boot floor

The Exterior 

  • The Light Ivory paint has been resprayed and looks excellent
  • Significant repairs to the body carried out in 2017, including replacing sills, floor pans and wheel arches
  • Classic Mercedes styling which has aged very well
  • The car retains both its soft top and hard top roofs 
  • The fabric hood is very clean and presentable, with no obvious stains or rips we could see
  • Hardtop roof looks like it fits well, and its paint is in good condition 
  • The exterior trim is all present and correct 
  • Chromework in good condition — no signs of pitting or damage we could see
  • Underneath, the car looks clean, with no obvious damage or corrosion 

The Mechanics 

  • 2,746cc straight-six engine 
  • Dual overhead cam
  • Automatic transmission
  • Extensive service history
  • Well stamped service booklet
  • The vendor informs us that this Mercedes starts easily and runs smoothly
  • The brakes have reportedly been overhauled
  • Track rod ends replaced in 2019
  • Battery replaced
  • Propshaft coupling said to have been replaced in 2021
  • The engine bay remains clean and tidy


In all, this is a very well presented example of an R107. It looks great in its Light Ivory colour scheme and it comes with a huge history file detailing the thorough and extensive work which has been carried out over the years. It looks like it’ll be a joy to own and drive.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1981
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 280SL (R107)
  • Colour Cream
  • Odometer 113,542 Miles
  • Engine size 2746
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bournemouth
  • Location Dorset
  • Country United Kingdom

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