– well-kept low mileage 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL from the R107 series
– German specifications car
– so-called “grey market” car, as the 500 SL was popular, but never officially on sale in the US
– used to run in Wisconsin
– clean Carfax with entries commencing in 2000
– signal red exterior and black perforated leather interior
– black soft top and body-coloured hard top
– climate control, already serviced
– cruise control, centre armrest, ABS brakes, anti-theft alarm, headlight cleaning system
– Becker Mexico radio on board
– recently serviced
– valid technical approval and historic plates, ready for instant registration
The Mercedes-Benz roadsters of the R107 series replaced the W113 “pagoda” in 1971. While the outgoing model only featured 6-cylinder engines, Mercedes had planned the new car with enough room for larger power plants under the bonnet, obviously with the North-American market as their main target – and indeed, that is where the SL proved most successful. Over a production run of a full 18 years, a total of 237,287 convertibles were built at the factory’s Sindelfingen plant, most of them equipped with V8 engines of varying capacity as 350, 380, 420, 450, 500 and 560 SL. 6-cylinder models were also offered, originally as 280 SL from 1974-1985 and later as 300 SL from 1985-1989.
The 560 SL was produced exclusively for the Japanese, American and Australian markets. Even faster, however, was the 500 SL with its European specifications, which was not sold in the US due to emission restraints.
Through continuous innovation over the many model years, the R107 set plenty of standards. When it was finally replaced by the R129 in 1989, it was already becoming one of the perennial automobile classics.