1986 Mercedes-Benz R107 420 SL with Beige Sports Check (075)
Thistle Green with Beige Sports Check (075) / 420 SL
1986 Mercedes-Benz R107 420 SL (R107)
Thistle Green (881) with Mushroom Sports Check (075) and Dark Brown Fabric Soft Top (8023)
A fantastic opportunity to acquire an exceptionally low mileage 420 SL.
From 1986 to 1989 the SL was available in four variants, 300SL, 420SL, 500SL and 560SL. The 560SL was never available in Europe.
Of the three European choices, the 300SL and 500SL are far more numerous than the 420SL, with just over two thousand made.
Further bolstering the rarity of this car is the Thistle Green paintwork. Thistle Green appeared in 1980, available to SL owners until 1986. The colour of this early 1986 car is greatly complimented by the Dark Brown Fabric Soft Top as seen in the photos… The first owner clearly had an eye for the smaller details and opted for brown instead of black for the soft top. Further increasing the appeal of the car is the addition of rear seating, an expensive option in 1986 and highly desirable today.
Accompanying this car is the original 1986 Mercedes-Benz Recommended Price List, which shows the 420SL at £29,150. The rear seats would add a further £320.17 to the price, giving an equivalent total in 2020 of £ 90,146.10 – an expensive car indeed.
The colour green has an interesting history with the Mercedes-Benz SL, with no less than 17 different shades available throughout the 18 year production run. In the last decade, darker hues have proven more popular, leading to a decrease in the number of high calibre cars in these shades. In recent years we have seen a resurgence in the brighter and more unusual colours, a renewed interest int he vibrance of the time.
A 420SL in Thistle Green makes for a fantastic combination, and isn’t a car we come across often.
Showing just 30,000 miles on the odometer, this car shows more than 9 stamps in the service book and has been known to us for some time.
The Pre Delivery inspection stamp is from David J Sparshatt Ltd (Mercedes-Benz) and dated 18th April 1986. This same stamp appears at 1,671 miles, 5,397 miles, 12,083 miles, 16,993 miles and 19,958 miles. The car falls under the care of Ashley Motor Repairs, Hants showing stamps at 24,497 miles and 26,686 miles. In 2017 the car began it’s servicing life with The SLSHOP, with our stamp in the service book appearing at 30,183 miles.
There are numerous receipts and invoices on file detailing various works in recent years, all of which are in line with the age of the vehicle. These show good maintenance throughout the life cycle of this SL.
The first keeper of this car owned it until 2007, at which point it moved to a new owner before arriving at The SLSHOP in 2017. This car was sold by us three years ago, and now we are once again being given the chance to find a new home for this exceptional 420SL.
A rare car, in a beautiful colour combination, showing exceptionally low mileage.
Not to be missed.
- Thistle Green
- Beige Sports Check (075)