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Lot 112: Mercedes-Benz 500SL

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

Launched way back in 1971 to replace the altogether more delicate W113 'Pagoda roof' series, the W107 series SL was a massively well-engineered roadster that was to remain in production fundamentally unaltered until 1989  the longest running chassis in Mercedes history. Built at a time when the Stuttgart firm still had a reputation for building cars which made granite feel a bit flimsy, it was nicknamed the 'Panzerwagen' by the development team. A much heavier and more luxurious machine than its predecessor, it required a far bigger lump to propel it. Half-a-dozen engines were offered in all, but cream of the crop was the mighty 5-litre V8 you see here. Producing 242bhp and 297lb/ft of torque, it could waft the car to 60mph in just 7.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 140mph, yet had a reputation for unburstable reliability. First registered in 1983, this particular 500SL comes in Anthracite with a beige leather interior. It has covered some 96,800 miles from new and has an excellent service history with no fewer than 22 stamps to date, the last less than 300 miles ago. Due to have a fresh MOT before the sale, it comes complete with a hardtop and a brand new soft top and is described by the vendor as being in very good condition both inside and out. These 107 Roadsters have risen in value quite considerably in recent years with top examples fetching well over �15,000 and this one looks most appealing at the guide price suggested.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
Lot Number112
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating2
Registration numberHBA 321Y
Chassis numberWDB10704622002841
Engine numberWDB10704622002841
Engine capacity (cc)4993
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2