Lot 89: Mercedes-Benz 380 SLC
Sharing the same basic (R107) platform architecture as its convertible sibling, the Mercedes-Benz 380SLC fixed head coupe was introduced in March 1980. A full four-seater, the model's stretched wheelbase was disguised by various ingenious styling cues such as the louvered sail panels that adorned its rear three-quarter windows. Equipped with all round coil-sprung independent suspension, power steering and four wheel disc brakes, it proved a comfortable and refined grand tourer. Predominantly allied to automatic transmission, its 3.8 litre SOHC V8 engine developed a quoted 204bhp and 232lbft of torque. Reputedly capable of over 125mph, the 380SLC remained in production until September 1981 by which time some 3,789 are thought to have been made.
Finished in blue-green metallic with light grey velour upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "good" condition with regard to its automatic transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim and paintwork (while, he rates the bodywork and engine as "excellent"). Showing an unwarranted 44,000 miles to its odometer and riding on alloy wheels, it is hoped but not guaranteed that `RPJ 519X' will possess a fresh MOT certificate by the time of sale. Judging from its photos, this 380 SLC promises to be one of the nicest that we have encountered in a long time.
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£8140|
|Engine capacity (cc)||3800|
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