1989 Mercedes Benz R107 300SL with Beige Check
Black (040) with Beige Check / 300SL
There might have been a lot of R107s made (over 300k) but very few remain in totally original, exceptional and unrestored condition. The previous owner of this 300SL spent two years searching for the right one, and when he unearthed this remarkable survivor, he knew this was it. A July-1989-made 300SL, this car was originally ordered from Jamaica, but was instead routed to the UK, where it’s remained in the care of its two owners ever since.
The first keeper was Bolton Wanderers chairman Gordon Hargreaves. He bought the car new from the owner of Wilmslow Motor Company, who had himself driven to the Mercedes-Benz factory to collect it. Hargreaves reports in a letter to the second owner (included in the car’s history folder) that he kept this SL in a heated garage, in between infrequent fair-weather drives.
You know the saying, something’s only original once, well this SL is perhaps one of the best expressions of that ethos. The car’s never seen a welding torch or the inside of bodyshop – it hasn’t needed to; its two fastidious owners have made sure of that. We wish we could come across cars this original and well-cared every day, but they’re the exception rather than the rule and that guarantees this 300SL won’t hang around.