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1985 Mercedes 280 SL

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  • Mileage~121,074
  • TransmissionAuto
  • Engine2.8-litre
  • LocationBolton


1985 Mercedes 280 SL

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The Mercedes Benz R107 SL model was a huge success for the company - it went on to became the second longest single series ever produced, after the G-Class and it’s easy to see why.

The R107 superseded the much-loved W113 model which included the esteemed “Pagoda” roofed model. That car had done very well in North America, a key market, and Mercedes Benz were keen to replicate that success with the R107. In reality it did much better still with a total of a mere 49,000 of the earlier car sold worldwide, which was dwarfed by over 300,000 for the R107.

The R107 was the only Mercedes Benz roadster for the entirety of its production, so became uniquely emblematic of owners who admired the engineering kudos of the brand, but were keen enjoy something more sporty and less conservative of the company’s saloons of the period.

Always more of a sporting grand tourer than a fully-fledged sports car, the SL came supplied with a standard folding fabric roof, while the optional hardtop gives a level of civility akin to many of the Mercedes saloons of the era. With the hardtop added to an already strong package, as it is here, the convertible SL is truly a classic car for all seasons.

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

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Meet the owner

The 280SL has been mine for about a year and a half and during that time the winning combination of style, reliability and bullet proof engineering has really left a lasting impression on me.

Current owner Gregg loves the silky-smooth delivery of the 2.8 litre straight six Mercedes Benz engine. He has found the car reliable and robust and the K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection helping to make the car a brisk yet refined performer.

This car appealed to Gregg initially because of the very attractive “smoke silver” colour, its desirable removeable hardtop and the great overall condition of the car.

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The Smoke Silver paint is a desirable classic shade for an R107 SL - almost a blend of silver and gold, the colour only enhances the lovely lines of this SL.

Wheels and Tyres

The 15 inch “Mexican Hat” alloys present good general condition. It looks like the wheels have been refinished at some point and a number of kerb scrapes and small gouges are in evidence.

The Dunlop SP Sport 200 tyres all appear to have plenty of tread remaining and provide that period correct, 70 section sidewall that contributes so much to the renowned ride comfort of these cars.


During our visit the bodywork looked good with no major areas of concern. You will see from our photography package that the car is a practical, useable, and original car. Not garage-queen, but strikes the ideal balance between originality and potential for regular, even daily use.

As can be seen in the images, a sought-after hard top is included in the sale of this car.

We have taken hi-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the bodywork condition for yourselves.


Mercedes Benz has a justified reputation for the generous application of paint during this period and this SL appears to be no exception.

The paintwork is reflective, lustrous and no obvious areas of lacquer peel were found.

Being picky, we did notice a slight difference in shade on the driver's side front wing. Again, please take time to review all the images and videos showing the paint from different angles and reflections, to assess the condition for yourselves.

Glass and Trim

The glass appears to be in excellent unchipped condition - no areas of distortion or discolouration were noted.


The 'Parchment' MB-Tex and 'Karo 3 Crème Beige' fabric upholstery combination is an absolute classic for this year of SL - a fitting accompaniment to the Smoke Silver exterior.

Seats and Carpets

The well-padded, signature box pleated front seats are dressed in upholstery which appears unripped and unmarked. The seats are as well presented as they are supportive and comfortable.

Carpets are in a complimentary beige and are deep pile with no visible areas of excessive wear.


The dash top combined with dark walnut veneer to the swathe line and centre console only adds to the sumptuous and luxurious ambiance of the SL’s cabin - it all presents very well too.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The signature large steering wheel and eccentric gate of the automatic gear selector are further, highly recognisable features of the R107 interior. No areas of concern were noted with these items.


The smaller SL’s powertrain is exemplified by the silky smooth, yet extremely robust, straight six engines, and this car having covered only 4,000 miles in the last 16 years, is certainly no exception to that rule.

Engine and Gearbox

The refinement of the running gear of the car remains a testament to Mercedes Benz’s engineering prowess of this period. No surprise that the MB engineers referred to the W107 as the “Panzerwagen” internally.

Please watch the On the Road video to hear the car starting and running.

Suspension and Brakes

The R107s are known for a super smooth ride, which is especially important on some of our... well how can we say... not so well maintained roads! Gregg assures us the brakes and suspension work as expected with no faults.

Please take time to watch the underside video and review all images to see the condition of the components.

The Drive

No issues to report by Gregg - he mentions the car drives well, i.e. smooth and responsive.

Electrics and Other

All electrics appeared to be working as expected and Gregg attests to their efficiency and reliability.

History and Paperwork

A very lovely and usable R107 that's in a great colour combination and ready to be enjoyed.

Our photograph package features some interesting paperwork that accompanies this car - please see the paperwork section below to review.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

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.

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Service History
Date Type Mileage
17.06.21 MOT 121,067
13.05.20 MOT 120,584
14.12.18 MOT 119,805
24.08.17 MOT 118,945
05.08.16 MOT 118,063
05.08.15 MOT 118,052
17.07.14 MOT 117,994
18.07.13 MOT 117,973
12.08.10 MOT 117,958
07.10.08 MOT 117,938
04.10.07 MOT 117,514
31.08.06 MOT 117,476
29.07.05 MOT 117,295
Key Details
  • Model280 SL
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date01.08.85 - C393MRD
  • CC2,746cc
  • Mileage~121,074
  • HistoryPartial - See Images
  • ColourSmoke Silver
  • Interior ColourBrown and Beige
  • Interior TrimMB Tex and Fabric
  • Chassis #WDB1070422A031735
  • Engine #11099022009616
  • MOTYes Exp. 16.06.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes - Clear
  • Former Keepers8
  • Tyre TreadExcellent
  • Tyre BrandDunlop SP Sport 200
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned1.5 Yrs
  • Key FeatureUsable Classic

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£11,000 bid by pildees 04.11.2021 @ 19:01:15
£10,500 bid by marie1906 04.11.2021 @ 18:58:32
£10,000 bid by Garydarby01 01.11.2021 @ 18:20:44
£2,000 bid by sbmotors 01.11.2021 @ 15:16:55

Swap ?


Unfortunately not but thanks anyway


Get it listed, would be interested in that too


Fancy a swap for a 1973 Mercedes 280e original condition 50k miles

£1,500 bid by paulhutchins54 31.10.2021 @ 13:29:14
£1,100 bid by Hazy 31.10.2021 @ 04:25:28

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