1989 Mercedes-Benz R107 500 SL with Beige Leather
Signal Red with Beige Leather / 500 SL
1989 Mercedes-Benz 500SL (R107)
Signal Red (568) with Beige Leather (275) and
Signal Red Hard Top (568) with Black Fabric Soft Top (9001)
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.
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- Signal Red
- Beige Leather