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Lot 079: Mercedes-Benz 420SL

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

The fabulous Paul Bracq-designed Pagoda top W113 SL soldiered on until 1972 when the sharper, more contemporary W107 series was introduced. The new car used chassis components from the superb mid-sized E Class combined with the larger engine range from the formidable S Class. Destined to remain in production for 17 years, some 240,000 had been made before the next generation appeared. Many thousands were sold in America, a market which kept the model in high demand for its entire production life. In 1985 the V8 380SL was replaced by the larger V8 420SL, using an enlarged 4.2-litre engine pumping out around 275bhp. This unit had sufficient torque to pull a taller back axle ratio, making the later cars even more refined, improving fuel economy considerably into the bargain. This late model 1988 example has covered around 143,000 miles and was specified in attractive Midnight Blue with Alpaca Grey leather and flat-face alloy wheels. Supplied new through Alan Day in Watford, it retains its hard top and according to the paperwork was ordered with an outside temperature gauge, limited slip differential, cruise control, rear seats, electric windows, air conditioning and heated seats. MOTd until April 2013, it has 19 stamps in its service book, is accompanied by 8 old MOTs and has recently had a new rear exhaust section fitted at a cost of 686. With Mercedes-Benz build quality and a combination of open air motoring and coupe comfort, these fabulous over-engineered SLs still look a million dollars and are just great value!

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number079
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£4000
Year1988
Condition rating
Registration numberE825 HVW
Mileage-
Chassis numberWDB1070472A084126
Engine number11696422001773
Engine capacity (cc)4196
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors