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1989 Mercedes Benz R107 500SL with Black Leather (241)

Signal Red (568) with Black Leather (241) / 500SL

Principal Facts:

A beautiful – vibrant in Signal Red – 500SL with barely-broken-in mileage that’s had copious care concentrated on it recently. A classic combination that still works wonders, this red SL boasts supple and supportive black leather seats, with the optional rear seats in the same. The fronts are also heated, which we can’t imagine was a common option ticked for Cyprus-bound SLs. The driver gets the armrest option too, for even greater cruising comfort.

The car’s been in the UK since at least 2006 – that’s as far back as the test history shows. It’s also reassuring to see that the car achieved a first-time pass at every one of those 17 tests. Its condition today reflects what must have been a charmed life, as both body and interior present very well indeed, showing little sign of the car’s three-decade vintage.

This 500SL has been painted in a perennially popular shade, contrasted perfectly by its black leather interior and black boot spoiler, which makes for one seriously head-turning SL. Its condition and mileage speak volumes, but if that’s not enough, its desirable options and the addition of modern convenience should.

Condition Synopsis:

With the ‘paintwork preservation’ option ticked from the factory and a top-up GTechniq preservation session carried out in 2016, the exterior of this SL remains resplendent. Although it presents exceptionally well, we did notice the boot lid carries some mild micro blistering and shallow swirl marks, which should improve further with the aid of a focussed detailing session. Looking down the flanks we saw arrow straight gaps and no signs of previous dents or repairs. The leather was also given a good going over in 2016, with GTechniq leather food used to bring the seats back to their best. It’s worked a treat too, they remain supple, comfortable and highly presentable. There’s merely some mild patina on the driver’s outer bolster. Underneath, this SL looks as straight and solid as its bodywork, with no signs of previous repairs or a need for any in the future. The engine bay hasn’t been detailed but still gives off an impression of care and originality. The plastics all remain free from cracks or damage and neat new under-bonnet insulation frames the mighty V8 nicely.

History File:

There’s not a huge amount of back story to accompany this SL, but what we do have shows an envious level of care from its former keepers. There’s a confirmation of the exterior paintwork protection and that interior refresh from Hampshire Classics in 2016, which together with a big bill (£2094.35) from Mercedes-Benz Brentford for work and a visual health check in 2019, paints a perfect picture of the car’s past proprietors.

SLSHOP Summary:

A hot climate car, this SL’s first owner specified the rarely seen outside temperature indicator in the central dash vent and the much more common heat-insulated glass all round. Touring relaxation is aided by cruise control, while poor weather and night-time visibility is made easier due to optional headlamp wipers and washers. A fancy new-fangled Pioneer flip-front stereo with Bluetooth, Apple Radio and Spotify has been added, but the previous owner wisely retained the car’s original Blaupunkt Freiburg radio cassette deck in the boot, if you prefer originality over modern creature comforts.
  • 19974
  • 1989
  • Automatic
  • Signal Red (568)
  • Black Leather (241)
  • Petrol
  • Not Exempt

Inspection Report

Report Synopsis: One of the best 500SLs we've had the pleasure of bringing to market




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