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  • Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours

    Please note; that we will be closed through the duration of the Easter Bank Holiday (14th April til 18th April)

    Opening Hours

    Thursday 13th April - 09:00 - 18:00

    Friday 14th April - Closed

    Saturday 15th April - Closed

    Sunday 16th April - Closed

    Monday 17th April - Closed

    Tuesday 18th April - 09:00 - 18:00

    Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours 2017

    Please be aware that we will endeavour to respond to any emails upon our return as swiftly as possible.

  • Job Vacancies [Updated]

    The SL Shop are experiencing a surge in growth and so are looking to recruit three new members to our parts team in the following roles.

    Ecommerce Assistant

    We are looking for an Ecommerce Assistant to help support the growth of the SL Shop by creating listings, improving content and  This will initially be a 6 month contract with the possibility of a permanent role if the right candidate is found.

    We are looking for a focussed and organised individual who is as committed to their own learning and development as we are. Reporting directly to the Merchandising Manager, your work will be a key element in the development of our online product inventory.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • - Reporting to the Merchandising manager
    • - Creating new product listings that meet company standards
    • - Sourcing product images and finding alternatives/solutions if imagery is not available
    • - Ensuring marketplaces (eBay and Amazon) are updated with best sellers, latest products and new items
    • - Monitoring and updating of marketplace feeds (Google Shopping, Facebook)


    Skills and Experience 

    • - IT literate and able to manage, process and upload large volumes of product data.
    • - Good working English (spoken and written)
    • - Must be comfortable using Microsoft Excel
    • - Attention to detail is essential
    • - Knowledge of Automotive Parts & Classic Cars would be advantageous
    • - Experience of using Magento or similar E-Commerce platform (would be advantageous but not essential)

    If you're interested in this role, please email your CV and covering letter by following this link


    Buyer Assistant

    We are looking for a permanent Buyer Assistant to help support the on-going growth of our SL Parts department.

    The ideal candidate will be someone who is willing to work independently and who is as committed to their own learning and development as we are. Working closely with the Purchasing team, your work will be vital in the day to day management of stock, creation of purchase orders and development of supplier relationships.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • - Day to day ordering from major suppliers
    • - Review and maintain competitive pricing and margins
    • - Working closely with merchandising by completing and supplying all product listings data
    • - Purchase order creation and admin
    • - Working alongside internal sales team to provide parts quickly and efficiently
    • - Assisting in the creation of requested back order product listings when necessary

    Skills and Experience 

    • - IT literate and able to manage, process and upload large volumes of product data.
    • - Good working English (spoken and written)
    • - Must be comfortable using Microsoft Excel
    • - Attention to detail is essential
    • - Knowledge of Automotive Parts & Classic Cars would be advantageous
    • - Experience of using Magento or similar E-Commerce platform (would be advantageous but not essential)

    If you're interested in this role, please email your CV and covering letter by following this link


    Warehouse Assistant

    The SL Shop is a family run independent Mercedes-Benz centred business dedicated to all things SL and Classic Mercedes-Benz. Our approach is honest, straight forward and no nonsense.

    We are looking for a full-time Warehouse Assistant to join our current team in a very busy and fast-paced environment.

    The ideal candidate will have previous experience of working within a warehouse environment or similar, and hold a current counter balance fork lift licence and full driving licence.

    This is a physical role involving manual handling and heavy lifting and the successful candidate must be physically fit.

    This position will involve the use of computerised warehouse management systems for which full training will be given, however you will need to be computer literate.

    We are looking for a hard-working individual who is as committed to their own development and progression as we are.

    Reporting directly to the Warehouse Manager, your work will be a key element in the improvement of our warehouse operations.

    Duties and Responsibilities 

    • - Taking delivery of goods and storing them
    • - Creating postage labels and providing accurate postage quotes where necessary
    • - Liaising and communicating goods in and out with various necessary departments
    • - Checking for damaged or missing items
    • - Moving stock by hand or with machines
    • - Packing, wrapping, loading and locating goods
    • - Keeping stock records and keeping the warehouse clean and tidy in line with Health and Safety standards.

    Skills and Experience 

    • - IT literate
    • - Great communication skills
    • - Experience of using Warehouse management software (would be advantageous but not essential)
    • - Attention to detail is essential
    • - Knowledge of Automotive Parts & Classic Cars would be advantageous

    If you're interested in this role, please email your CV and covering letter by following this link


  • Relocation, Relocation, Relocation!

    Following 10 years of first-rate service to customers from around the world, independent Mercedes-Benz specialist; SL Shop has moved to new premises in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

    Situated just 12 miles from its original site in Stockwood, SL Shop’s new location satisfies the company’s demand for more space in a rural setting, and with good links to the nation’s motorway network. This aspect was key to retaining its expert staff and existing customer base, while providing room to expand its highly successful parts, servicing and restoration operations, as well as other aspects of the business.

    Visitors to the new premises are greeted by clean and secure parking bays, and crisp SL Shop branding. Stepping inside, there is an open plan reception with ‘period’ customer lounge, and a spacious sales floor displaying pristine Mercedes-Benz cars. There is also a live assembly area, which serves as an extension to the showroom environment, plus detailing bays and dedicated facilities for staff – the latter a very popular development among SL Shop’s team…

    Customers old and new are invited to SL Shop’s fresh and exciting facility among Drayton Farm Buildings, just 15 minutes from the M40 motorway and two hours from central London.

    Let us know what you think of the new premises by adding a comment below. 

  • Exciting News From the SL Shop - We're Moving!

    We are excited to announce that The SL Shop is moving to purpose-built premises close to the historic riverside town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

    'We have been bursting at the seams for some time now", said Sam Bailey, SL Shop Founder, "The SL Shop is now 10 years old. We have a respected brand, a wonderful network of great customers and suppliers and of course, the key to it all - a team of really talented individuals. The timing is right to move the business to the next level"

    From Monday 13th February 2017 we will be available to visit at:

    Unit 1a, 2, 3 & 4b
    Drayton Farm Buildings, Drayton Manor Drive,
    Stratford Upon Avon,
    Warwickshire,
    CV37 9RQ

    General office:  +44 (0)1789 337 070
    Parts Office:      +44 (0)1789 337 072

    The new HQ will also allow The SL Shop to do more at its base throughout 2017, including more restorations, a larger selection of parts and great tours and trips to join and once the paint has dried, We'll be hosting an open day for our customers to sample the delights of this fantastic new home for The SL Shop.

    Wish us luck with our move and we will see you on the other side…

  • NEC Classic Motor Show (November 11-13th 2016)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The NEC Classic Motor Show has been a staple of The SL Shop for many years and we were pleased to, once again, put our stand in the Main Hall for the entire weekend.

    The UK's Biggest and Best Classic Car Motor Show November 2016

     

     

    The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held from 11-13 November at Birmingham's NEC, caters for every motor taste with around 250 of Britain’s best motoring clubs displaying unusual and breathtaking marquees while over 500 trade stands sell a wide range of parts, spares, tools, motoring services and memorabilia. 

    From Left to Right; Jake Bailey, Sam Bailey & Bruce Greetham looking very dapper

    From Left to Right; Jake Bailey, Sam Bailey & Bruce Greetham looking very dapper

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sam, Bruce and Jake took to the stand this weekend and showcased the new logo and branding that The SL Shop has undertaken along with The SportLine & Bruce's Concours trophy winning SL 107.

    The stand was sporting an industrial luxe theme, allowing customers the chance to comfortably sit and chat whilst also not straying too far from the heavy industrial beginnings of Mercedes-Benz.

    The SL Shop NEC Classic Car Show 2016 November Hall 1

    The SL Shop NEC Classic Car Show 2016 New Branding

    The SL Shop NEC Classic Car Show 2016 November Hall 1

    The SL Shop NEC Classic Car Show 2016 Industrial Luxe Display

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The SL Shop NEC Classic Car Show 2016 November Hall 1

    The SL Shop's SportLine on Display

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The new branding has been inspired to encapsulate the premium service and feel of what the SL Shop stands for and delivers to it's customers locally and internationally.

    Displaying Status Volume 2, our new experience range and receiving positive feedback, The SL Shop championed the title of Europe's leading Mercedes-Benz SL Specialist in Hall 1 and had a great time meeting and talking to all of our new and pre-existing customers over the weekend.

    We'll be sure to see you there Next Year!

    Status Volume 2; The SL Shop's Exclusive Magazine

    Status Volume 2; The SL Shop's Exclusive Magazine

     

     

     

    Not got your new copy of Status Volume 2? You can add it to your basket by following this link or why not read more about what's inside this bigger and better issue here.

     

  • NEW RELEASE: Status Volume II (Winter 2016/2017)

    It's that time of year again.

    Status Volume 2 (Winter 2016/2017)
    Status Volume 2 (Winter 2016/2017)

    Status is back, bigger and better than ever.

    Featuring stories and inspiration for you to get your classic Mercedes-Benz out on the road, finish that restoration or come down to our showroom to cast your eyes on and try one of these fantastic cars for yourself.

    New for 2017

    Our Experience offering encompasses SL Hire, The SL Day, Trips & Tours, SportLine Track Time and Race & Rally Preparation. Don your favourite sunglasses and feel the wind in your hair as you drive these marvels of engineering; You can read all about how to get involved in these great experiences within the pages of the magazine.

    You’ll also find a parts catalogue for a variety of Classic-Mercedes models, including the newly stocked items for the 121 190SL & the 198 300SL.

    With great articles, inspiring stories and a wealth of information, Volume 2 is truly much bigger and better than ever.

  • Classic Mercedes World Class Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] 500SL Article

    As Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 (Issue 17) is now on shelves, we recommend picking up a copy as they discuss all manner of World Class themes from a tribute to the wonderful W123, Indestructable W115 Taxi & our very own beautiful 500SL.

    If you've not seen it yet, we recommend going out and grabbing a copy, or alternatively you can read the beautiful 500SL excerpt below:

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 1

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 2

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 3

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 4

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 5

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 6

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 7

    For more information on the Beautiful 500SL, give our team a call on 01386 791070 or to keep up to date, check back at our blog regularly for more news and information.

  • Mercedes Enthusiast Pure Sport June 2016 Sportline Article

    If you picked up June's edition of Mercedes Enthusiast, you will have seen the cover story on the R107 Sportline, developed and designed by The SL Shop.

    If not, we recommend going out and grabbing a copy, or alternatively you can read the glorious cover story below:

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    It's great to see the form and function of the Sportline put under the microscope and receiving such rave reviews from the industry.

    If you'd like more information on the R107 Sportline, you can follow the Sportline link on our site, or alternatively you can email your enquiry by clicking here.

     

  • Mercedes-Benz Classic R107 350SL Real World Review

    We're always keen to see people sharing the love for the R107 SL, but we think this review by Harry Metcalfe really hits the nail on the head. 

    Mercedes 350 SL R107 Classic, Real World Review

    Harry points out the beauty and luxury of the R107 SL while also showing his renowned real world review style. If you're interested in seeing more of Harry's work, you can follow this link here.

    Curious about the wind deflector for your interior cabin? We have a whole range available for Mercedes-Benz SL W113 Pagoda, SL R107, SL R129 Models and much more.

     

  • A Well Travelled R107 380SL

    Our Facebook followers will be aware that we're currently running a Summer Photography Competition for all of our fans to showcase their SLs in all their glory. You can catch up with some of our favourite pictures here.

    A pleasant side effect of the competition is hearing of the fantastic, inspiring stories that our fans have in regards to how they came by their SLs.

    Fan and contestant Jamil Goussous provided us with some beautiful images of an R107 380SL (USA Spec) which he bought and shipped halfway around the world from Miami, FL to Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan just for his father.

    A Well Travelled R107 380SL, Miami to Jordan

    A Well Travelled R107 380SL from Miami to Jordan

    Jamil provided us with a brief history of his family who are "Jordanian of Greek Roots to start with. (Jamil's) father did his Medicine Bachelor's in Ukraine and back then in the 70's the dean of his University had imported one from the states with the US specs (bumpers and headlights). It was one of a kind (Jamil's) father says. When he graduated with honours, the dean asked him what his motivation was...His answer was simply to collect enough money to buy the same car as yours!"

    As time moved on, Jamil's father saved up enough money for an SL, but unfortunately due to his location or timing as with all things in life, the car was never available for him.

    Jamil adds that "As the head of Forensic Pathology in Jordan and another country previously, crime solving was all he did. Of course along with taking care of us, making sure we went to the best schools and had all we needed."

    A Well Travelled R107 380SL Loading Up for transit

    A Well Travelled R107 380SL Loading Up for transit

    "A Turkish friend of mine owns a logistics company (Olympia Logistics) in Miami, FL and I gave him a call and randomly asked him what he thinks those cars cost those days and if it is possible to find a mint or a near mint condition car with good history and possibly an interesting history which would make it more valuable (at least sentimentally)."

    A Well Travelled R107 380SL catching some sun

    A Well Travelled R107 380SL brightwork on display

    "I get a call [...] two months later after a long search having gone around Florida and nearby states. He had found a 1983, black in black 380SL which belonged to Brad Pitt's Brother who had been collecting mint classics but had recently quit (for another hobby perhaps!)."

    A Well Travelled R107 380SL flaring the lens

    A Well Travelled R107 380SL flaring the lens

    "A month later the car was in Jordan. Taking about a week to move it from the port to the free zone and then customs formalities etc. Needless to say, the look on my father's face was indescribable. I told him I borrowed it from a friend for a day. A minute later I told him I was joking and that the car is his!"

    Jamil explains "He nearly killed me, but then accepted it when he knew I paid for it using money saved from my Salary and not a loan! He took a spin around the block alone and then called my mother who was also standing outside with us saying he wants to pick her up in 5 seconds! Picked her up, went for ice cream. Since then the treatment the SL is getting at home is just like any member of this family!"

    "My favourite part about this car is how no matter how slow you drive it, nobody honks his horn to ask you to move out of the way!! It is a mesmerising beauty to drive and look at it too!" 

    Jamil hastens to add "My father's favourite part is how the car reacts to his foot on the pedal. His Jaguar would never do that!"

    A Well Travelled R107 380SL on display

    Mercedes-Benz R107 380SL (USA Spec)

    Mercedes-Benz R107 380SL Features:

    • 96k Miles
    • Black Bodywork (USA Spec)
    • Black Interior
    • 6647.7 Miles Travelled from Miami, FL to Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

     

    We are always grateful for inspiring stories and history of these beautiful cars. If you have a story you'd like to share with us, send us an email here.

    Are you looking to import or export a Classic Mercedes-Benz Model? We specialise in offering freight and logistics for all cars in our showroom. Click here for more information or call Bruce Greetham on +44 (0)1386 791 070

     

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