1988 Mercedes-Benz R107 420 SL #2311
Blue-Black Metallic with Grey Leather / 420 SL
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Overview of this Mercedes-Benz
1988 Mercedes-Benz 420SL
Blue Black Metallic (199) with Grey Leather (278) and
Pearl Grey Metallic Hardtop (122) and Black Fabric Soft Top (9001)
The 420SL sat between the 300SL and 500SL in the European range, bridging the gap between the six-cylinder 300SL and range-topping 5.0 litre V8 500SL with a more than respectable 215hp from an all-new V8 engine. At £37,950 it carried a £5,000 premium over the 300SL with a list price of £41,700… just shy of the average house price in 1988, which was £45,090. In its prime, this choice of transportation was particularly expensive.
On top of the original purchase price this car boasts the cost options of leather seats (with rear child seats), and an outside temperature gauge, whilst standard fit items on the 420SL that 300SL buyers had to pay for included Metallic Paint, a Limited Slip Differential, Cruise Control, and Headlamp Wash Wipe. In this form, this 420SL’s retail price would have been £39,458, or £104,000 today.
A common aftermarket upgrade selected by owners of the R107 SL in the 1980s was air conditioning. This 420 SL was upgraded with this option by a company called Alpine Air, utilising all the correct buttons and controls found with factory fitment. This is a fantastic addition to this car, offering drivers and passengers a more pleasurable journey.
The beautiful shade of Blue-Black Metallic is a highly desirable colour, perfectly complemented by the smart grey leather – a colour that is carried to the exterior with a hard top finished in a similar tone of colour. This combination of colours is both rare and timeless, presenting a 420 SL that will continue to transcend trends.
Since rolling off the production line, this 420 SL has covered 29,000 miles, receiving meticulous care over this period. The well-presented history file includes a service book showing 23 stamps, with the first 5 coming from Castles Mercedes-Benz and 15 more from Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz. Between 2008 and 2020, this car spent several years in Portugal where it was used sparingly and enjoyed in the fine climate. As with all our cars, this 420SL has undergone significant preparation before being presented for sale.
This is a car that is ready to be enjoyed, having a great deal of important work pertaining to the cosmetics and handling are taken care of prior to arrival in our showroom. A Mercedes-Benz 420SL offers the full-bore V8 SL experience whilst being ever so slightly more refined than the 500SL, a smoother ride that feels eager to please throughout the rev range and at all speeds.
Over on SLSHOP Journal, we have put together a comprehensive rundown on the 420SL engine, including further details on why this engine is such a great choice for the prospective R107 buyer. You can read that here.
|First Reg||14th June 1988||E698LNR|
|989 miles||22nd August 1988||Castles Mercedes-Benz|
|2,676 miles||24th February 1989||Castles Mercedes-Benz|
|4,502 miles||23rd october 1989||Castles Mercedes-Benz|
|6,480 miles||9th July 1990||Castles Mercedes-Benz|
|7,857 miles||3rd april 1991||Castles Mercedes-Benz|
|10,390 miles||21st October 1991||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|12,989 miles||13th April 1992||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|15,672 miles||3rd November 1992||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|18,120 miles||14th June 1993||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|18,559 miles||19th January 1994||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|18,820 miles||22nd July 1994||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|19,004 miles||8th September 1994||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|19,560 miles||28th March 1995||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|20,968 miles||18th July 1996||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|21,635 miles||4th June 1997||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|22,179 miles||22nd May 1998||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|24,079 miles||26th May 1999||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|24286 miles||22nd May 2000||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|24,727 miles||5th June 2001||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|25,220 miles||11th September 2002||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|25,507 miles||21st February 2008||Gerard Mann Mercedes-Benz|
|29,023 miles||11th December 2020||Proctor Cars Mercedes-Benz|
About The Mercedes-Benz
- Blue-Black Metallic
- Grey Leather