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1984 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

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  • Mileage~102,031
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine2.8L
  • LocationFarnham


1984 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

A classic tourer with an additional dose of durability and finesse.

Mercedes-Benz have a reputation for comfortable touring cars, it's been well established prior to the R107 SL making its first appearance in 1972. The brand's virtues were strengthened by the SL's ingrained quality, ease of use and mechanical hardiness. All this has made it into one of the easiest to own classic tourers today. Robust engineering and durable materials go a long way into making the SL a safe choice for those who like to travel in style without the uncompromising nature of other open-top classics of the era. Powered by the surprisingly frugal yet flexible 2.8-litre straight-six engine, the car can still hold its own on modern roads. With decent accommodation, the availability of a hardtop roof, and excellent parts availability, the SL continues to flourish in popularity.

Currently with its fourth female owner, this 1984 280 SL has only seen ~8,000 carefully driven miles over the last 20 years, and has an impeccable service history. Stored indoors throughout during this time, the car has seen plenty of attention to ensure its runs just as it should.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Darren after meeting Ron the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

We took the car up to the Highlands a few years back, and the car performed admirably.

Bought in 2000, to replace a Triumph Spitfire, the SL has been garaged throughout that period and used regularly by the owner's wife - the car is registered under her name, and looking back into the old V5’s it appears to have been owned by lady owners since it was new. Used for occasional journeys and the odd touring holiday, the car is now being sold due to a house move.

As the technically-minded owner of two classic cars, unfortunately the new house will only be able to accommodate a single classic. In addition, it has seen decreasing use in recent years and the owners feel that it needs to be used more. Ron and his wife will be more than happy to answer any questions you have on the car in the comments section below.

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Finished in a decadent and very '80s colour, the timeless SL still retains an air of glamour to this day.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with the "Mexican Hat" wheels that came with the pre-facelift examples, the alloys have aged well. There is no significant signs of damage or kerb contact, just small small marks to the other edges on some wheels. The tyres are in good health, likely to be over 20 years old but all have a healthy amount of tread.

We've taken detailed photos and videos for you to review in the external media pack.


Structure wise the car is in great shape, with no issues noted on the bulkhead, chassis rails, engine bay, or boot well. The car saw some welding to the rear valance prior to the current owner buying the car, and they don't recall any other major work needing to take place.

On close inspection, we spotted a few blemishes under the paint bubbling through. Most notably these are on the lower edges of the wings, front valance, and lower sections of the wheel arch lips. The nearside front section of the sill also may warrant further attention. Please review the images of the car to see the condition.

The body-coloured hardtop is stored in the owner's garage and wasn’t accessible on the day of the photoshoot, but is said to be in good condition and comes as part of the sale, we'll try to get a picture to add to the auction listing.


The champagne metallic paint finish is good throughout, with an even balance of colour on all panels and a decent lustre. The shine is consistent with no signs of poor repair. There are a few minor marks on the paint, such as the off-side door edges and the section in between the boot lid and rear glass being the main point of note, but overall its presentation is very good for a car of this age and mileage as can be seen in the external video.

Glass and Trim

The glass has weathered well, with no impediments of note. The chrome work has also been well maintained, with no signs of pitting or dents. The underside of the front bumper shows signs of age, but the rest of the bumper rubber and side trims are good with no significant marks.

Please see the image gallery for more detailed images.


The measure of a well-kept interior is always a good reflection of its owners

Seats and Carpets

The interior has worn well over the years, with no significant damage noted. The seats were re-covered prior to the current owner buying the car. There is a little wear noted on the base of the front seats and a little aging on the driver's item but all free from rips or unsightly damage. The car is fitted with the desirable rear bench which has been fitted from the factory. The carpets and rubber mats are all in good condition with no signs of damp. The boot carpet similarly has been well preserved and is dry.


The top of the dashboard is in very good condition, with no other cracks or damage noted on the facia. All of the dials, controls, and switches are functional, with the exception of the indicator light reading on the dashboard but they are still audible. The heating is very effective, with electric windows in fully functioning order. The interior plastics and veneer have aged well and the door cards are in good shape, with just a little scuffing noted on the driver's side.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is in very good shape, with limited suggestions of wear. The gear stick is similarly solid, with no issues of note.


Durability is a given with the SL, and this car is no exception.

Engine and Gearbox

The car runs very well, starting up after the first frost of the season, it suggests no issues as seen in the video. On the move, the engine pulls very well, idling well in traffic and cruising sweetly at speed with no suggestions of oil or temperature woes.

The engine has been well maintained over the years and sounds healthy with no unwanted noises. The gear change is slick and effective with all ratios working well.

Suspension and Brakes

The brakes have seen regular attention during the current owner's custodianship, with overhauls being actioned every decade, including a recent set of new discs and pads. They are very effective in use, with no squeals or drama. The suspension is typically absorbent, soaking in the lumpy roads with no issues or unwanted knocking observed.

The Drive

The ideal car for longer A-road journeys, the SL is also agile and able to deal with modern driving conditions with no problems - please view the 'on the road' video to see it being driven by Ron. The car cruises really nicely at around 50MPH, with the owner reporting that 30MPG is easily achievable.

Electrics and Other

The soft top presents in excellent condition both from the inside and outside, thanks to its sympathetic indoor storage. It raises and lowers with no issues, with the mechanisms all operating as expected.

There are no reported issues with the car's electrics, all items are said to work with the exception of one of the dashboard indicator signal lights as pointed out in the "On the road" video.

History and Paperwork

Offered with a full-service history, 4 lady owners, the car has been pampered since new.

The paperwork helps to confirm that the engine has been very well maintained throughout its life, with Mercedes-Benz service history up to the late ‘90s and regular attention since then to ensure that it is running as well as possible. The car has seen sporadic use in recent years, with MOT certificates to confirm the car's recent mileage. There are several other invoices with the car, which cover maintenance rather than repair concerns.

It comes with two keys, the owner's wallet with all of the booklets and handbooks, as well as the original data card and pre-delivery sales check. The MOT is until June 2022.

We’ve done all our usual checks; seller ID, V5C, HPi.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
24-06-2021 Service 101,923
09-06-2021 MOT 101,892
12-06-2018 MOT 101,715
20-05-2014 MOT 101,522
22-03-2010 MOT 100,969
26-06-2008 MOT 100,412
25-06-2007 MOT 99,976
30-06-2006 MOT 98,777
08-08-2003 MOT 98,184
26-06-2002 MOT 97,486
28-06-2001 MOT 96,293
15-06-2001 Service 96,124
29-06-2000 MOT 93,435
15-06-2000 Service 93,438
06-04-1999 MOT 88,101
06-04-1999 Service 88,101
09-04-1998 MOT 83,530
01-04-1998 Service 83,529
03-03-1997 Service 80,815
1996 Service 76,110
21-03-1995 Service 73,320
11-03-1994 Service 70,775
18-08-1993 Service 69,719
16-06-1992 Service 65,473
05-09-1991 Service 62,589
06-12-1990 Service 60,076
03-07-1990 Service 55,783
10-08-1989 Service 50,353
30-06-1988 Service 41,839
15-12-1987 Service 37,646
22-04-1987 Service 31,782
1986 Service 24,826
21-11-1985 Service 19,534
09-07-1985 Service 12,101
05-02-1985 Service 5,670
05-09-1984 Service 990
Key Details
  • Model280 SL (R107)
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date22.08.1984
  • CC2,746
  • Mileage~102,031
  • HistoryYes
  • ColourChampagne (473H)
  • Interior ColourBrown
  • Interior TrimPlastic/Vinyl/Veneer
  • Chassis #1070422A014547
  • Engine #11099022006581
  • Last Service24-06-2021
  • MOT08-06-2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • Former Keepers3
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~21 years
  • Key FeatureCompletely originality with FSH

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£13,000 bid by ruburto 16.11.2021 @ 19:01:43
£12,500 bid by ruburto 16.11.2021 @ 18:54:33
£12,000 bid by bilboa7 16.11.2021 @ 18:52:14
£11,500 bid by ruburto 16.11.2021 @ 18:46:52
£10,500 bid by bilboa7 16.11.2021 @ 18:44:26
£10,000 bid by pankjethwa 16.11.2021 @ 15:20:48
£9,000 bid by ruburto 16.11.2021 @ 10:03:11
£8,500 bid by pankjethwa 16.11.2021 @ 08:36:14

Any paintwork been done on last 20 years and can you provide details

£8,000 bid by ruburto 15.11.2021 @ 16:49:24
£7,500 bid by pankjethwa 14.11.2021 @ 22:07:38
£7,000 bid by Pouroutos 14.11.2021 @ 12:53:57
£6,500 bid by Samsoda79 14.11.2021 @ 09:17:34
£6,000 bid by Pouroutos 13.11.2021 @ 16:20:10
£5,500 bid by Samsoda79 12.11.2021 @ 19:58:18
£5,000 bid by essexgrass 10.11.2021 @ 09:09:23

Vehicle Location

Farnham, Surrey

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