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Lot 001: Mercedes-Benz 350SL

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

When the fabulous W107 Series Mercedes SL Roadster was launched way back in 1971 it initially came with only one engine option, the tried and trusted 3.5-litre V8 that was already to be found in the big S-Class saloons and coupes. This produced 200bhp and 211lb/ft of torque and remained an option right up until 1980 when it was finally replaced by a slightly larger 3.8-litre unit. Bigger and smaller engines were also made available over time but the 3.5 was always the engine that the car was designed for and gave it a top speed of 132mph  perfectly adequate by most standards. Looking more handsome with every passing year, the W107 series Mercedes SL was built at a time when the Stuttgart firm still had a reputation for building cars that made granite feel a bit flimsy. Fast, comfortable and discreetly understated, it has a matchless ability to munch up the miles for year after year without ever seeming to falter. No wonder it stayed in production fundamentally unaltered until 1989  the longest running chassis in Mercedes history. First registered in May 1973, this particular 350SL is presented in dark red with a black leather interior. Taken in part exchange by The SL Shop, it recently cost its previous owner 6,500 and has some 158,000 miles on the clock. Complete with both hard and soft tops, it has an MOT until October and is said to be a usable car for ongoing refurbishment. It is being offered here entirely without reserve so someone could bag a bargain!

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number001
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1600
Year1973
Condition rating
Registration numberYND 113L
Mileage-
Chassis numberWDB 10704322010182
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2