1988 Mercedes-Benz 500SL (R107) #2262 Signal Red with Beige Leather

  • Stock Number: 2262
  • Make / Model: Mercedes-Benz / 500SL (R107) with Beige Leather
  • Mileage: 65947
  • Paint Colour: Signal Red
  • Interior Colour: Beige Leather
  • Year: 1989
About This Car

1989 Mercedes-Benz 500SL (R107)

Signal Red (568) with Beige Leather (275) and
Signal Red Hard Top (568) with Black Fabric Soft Top (9001)

65,947 miles

The Mercedes-Benz R107 SL has captured hearts and minds across multiple generations of automotive enthusiasts, but it is the late 500SL that remains the most desirable. With a capable five-litre V8 engine, 242 horsepower and levels of luxury unrivalled by competitors, it’s no surprise that these cars command a premium in the marketplace.

If a 5.0 litre V8 is the most sought after power plant for an R107 SL, then Signal Red has to be the most desirable colour. Synonymous with the shape of the R107 thanks to Hollywood movies, the red colour has always been associated with this shape SL. Available from 1971 until production ended in 1989, Signal Red is the colour we see most often – but very rarely do we find this shade combined with a five litre car.

Not only does the SL shown here combine the most in demand engine with the ultimate colour, it’s also a very well specified car indeed.

First registered on January 5th 1989, it was ordered from new with an Outside Air Temperature Gauge, Leather Seating with Leather Rear Seats, Seat Heaters for the front seats, a Fire Extinguisher and Paintwork Preservation, all cost options that would have added almost £2,000 on to the list price of £41,700.

The final purchase price with options totalled £43,667, an equivalent of more than £115,000 today.

First purchased by Cantor & Silver Limited, a contact lens manufacturing company, the SL changed hands in March 1990 when it was purchased by a Mr Smith. For the next four years it would remain with Mr Smith, wearing the cherished registration SLU42.

In July 1994 it was sold to Mrs Mackmurray, who kept it for two years before selling it to a Mr Tredwin in 1996. Another two years later Mr Morrisroe purchases the car in July 1998, although he kept it just three months, selling it to Mr Garside in the October of that year.

Mr Garside kept the SL for 9 years, selling it to a gentleman in Ireland in 2004 from whom the car has arrived today.

The service history is fully documented, showing a car that has been consistently cherished and adored by the former keepers. A well stamped service book is present in the original and correct document wallet, with the original manuals and booklets. Also present is the original instruction card for the cruise control, something that we like to find in the book pack as they often go missing – these were designed to hang on the cruise control stalk when the car left the first dealer.

An almost complete MOT history is accompanied by a thick stack of tax discs, further signs that point to a life of careful maintenance.

This is a fantastic and rare opportunity to acquire a Signal Red 500SL. Regular visitors to our website will appreciate that although we see a good number of Signal Red cars, this is the first 5.0 example to attend SLSHOP for some time.

Prior to arriving at SLSHOP this car underwent significant preparation, with a receipt on file totalling almost £10,000. This work includes (but is not limited to) four new Michelin tyres, a myriad of weather seals around the car, rear pads and discs, front grille inserts, front subframe bushes, engine mounts, propshaft couplings, anti roll bar bushes, a new battery and more.

The car was also serviced before arrival, making it ready to be enjoyed by the next keeper.

A high specification car, in the perfect colour combination with some choice options. Not to be missed.

Further photos are available, please email us.

Service Book Stamps:

0 miles 5th January 1989 First registered
842 miles 13th January 1989 Motox Banbury
6,312 miles 23rd March 1989 Motox Banbury
12,199 miles 28th September 1989 Arlington Northampton
18,204 miles 14th March 1990 HMG Bromley
25,879 miles 1st March 1994 Puttocks Mercedes-Benz
26,902 miles 24th June 1994 HMG Bromley
31,855 miles 22nd February 1996 Sunningdale Carraige
35,328 miles 10th December 1996 Mercedes-Benz Bromley
40,610 miles 29th December 1997 Mercedes-Benz Bromley
56,214 miles 10th May 2007 Delaceys of Huddersfield
57,440 miles 4th April 2008 NTEC Auto Repairs
61,867 miles 29th August 2012 NTEC Auto Repairs
63,234 miles 17th September 2014 NTEC Auto Repairs

MOT Mileage:

30,954 miles 1995
32,527 miles 1996
37,345 miles 1997
41,972 miles 1998
49,484 miles 2000
50,710 miles 2001
52,470 miles 2002
53,776 miles 2005
52,272 miles 2006
56,296 miles 2007
59,632 miles 2009
60,555 miles 2010
61,398 miles 2011
62,033 miles 2012
62,556 miles 2013
63,336 miles 2014
64,135 miles 2015
64,408 miles 2016
65,049 miles 2017
65,510 miles 2018
65,796 miles 2020
Specification

238 CITY DRIVE LIGHT FOR GREAT BRITAIN
240 OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE INDICATOR
256 REAR AXLE WITH LIMITED-SLIP DIFFERENTIAL
341 ADDITIONAL BLINKER LAMPS
362 RHD VEHICLES AS PER EC REGULATIONS (CONTROL CODE)
440 TEMPOMAT (CRUISE CONTROL)
461 INSTRUMENT WITH MILES IND. AND ENGLISH LEGEND
507 OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR, LEFT AND RIGHT, HEATED (ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE ON THE RIGHT)
512 RADIO BECKER EUROPA CASSETTE
524 PAINTWORK – PRESERVATION
531 AUTOMATIC ANTENNA
565 REAR SEATS USED ON SL MODELS
592 HEAT-INSULATING GLASS, ALL-AROUND, HEATED REAR WINDOW PANE, BAND FILTER
603 HEADLAMP WIPER UNIT AND OIL FOR REAR AXLE WITH LIMITED-SLIP DIFFERENTIAL, IN CANISTERS AND CONTAINERS
613 HEADLAMP LEFT-HAND TRAFFIC
682 FIRE EXTINGUISHER
740 BLACK SOFT TOP FABRIC 9001
873 SEAT HEATER FOR LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT SEATS

Why Choose SLSHOP?

Is it our unrivalled experience with three generations of SL? Is it our attention to detail, our award winning quality? Is it our selection of hand picked, superb cars for sale? Is it the family feel, the friendly faces and consistency of our work? Most people say it’s all of these things.

A classic car offers a world of opportunities – it is an invitation to explore the open road and share life-affirming experiences with like-minded individuals.

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Bulkhead Corrosion

Although the R107 is renowned for build quality, there is one chink in the armour – the bulkhead. Many cars that present well from the outside are hiding internal rust. Water from outside the car should drain out through specially designed channels, but over time, these become blocked forcing water inside the car. Once water has breached the blower motor cover in front of the windscreen, it slowly wreaks havoc from inside out. This delicate area did not have rust protection from the factory, and as the metal deteriorates it the water ingress can lead to faulty electrics, damp carpets and musty smells inside the cabin.

All our cars come with a 36 month bulkhead warranty.

SLSHOP Unique 2 & 3 year warranty

At the SLSHOP, not only do we know what an SL is capable of but we believe in the cars we sell.

We want our customers to have the confidence to get out and use these iconic classics, to enjoy them for trips at home and abroad.

That’s why we offer a 2 year ‘no quibble’ mechanical warranty with each car sold, as well as a 3 year bulkhead warranty.

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