NEC Classic Motor Show Sale 2018

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1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL (R107)

Lot No.: 325

Registration: F59 ENV
Chassis Number: WDB1070412A101685
Engine Number: 103982-22-010457
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2962
Year of Manufacture: 1989
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 28,688

 

  • Approaching its 30th-birthday this smart 300SL still turns heads
  • Delightfully finished in Thistle Green Metallic with a matching interior and factory hardtop
  • The 3-litre, six-cylinder car was the lightest and most nimble of the range in period
  • Main-dealer maintained for the first 20 years with specialist attention subsequently
  • Good service history with regular servicing, the most recent being in May 2018.
  • With detailed history, celebrity provenance, and only 54,000 miles, this may well be a very sensible investment

 

The Mercedes-Benz SL range from the 1980s was known as the R107 Series and was undoubtedly the ultimate, California-sunshine, top-down symbol of the era. Various engine options were offered but the most desirable was always the smaller 280, 6-cylinder version (which at the end of the decade became the 300) so inevitably it was always the rarest and most sought after.

This particular late model 300SL is a UK car from new and is offered directly from rock legend and Jamiroquai frontman, Jay Kay, with only 54,000 miles recorded. He obviously loves this car (and was very reluctant to part with it) as he has owned it for over eight years and says it drives extremely well and smoothly.

Supplied new by Drake and Fletcher of Maidstone in June of 1989, the car is finished in Thistle Green metallic with matching upholstery and is accompanied by a factory original hard top in excellent condition. It was main-dealer maintained for the first 20 years of its life and specialist maintained since with regular servicing, the most recent being in May 2018.

Today this stylish classic Mercedes cabriolet offers excellent value for money and is a wonderful entry into classic Mercedes-Benz SL ownership with a car that has superb provenance and good maintenance history, which will help it maintain, or possibly even increase in value, over the long run.

Meanwhile, it's a hoot to drive and enjoy with the top up or down!