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1985 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL (R107)

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  • Mileage~164,873
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine5.0L
  • LocationNeston


1985 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL (R107)

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Paul Wright
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High quality, luxurious and topped off with the mighty 5.0 litre V8.

Launched in 1971, the R107 Mercedes SL has become one of the ultimate open-top classic cars. Deceptively quick, the SL encompassed all of Mercedes Benz’s traditional values, combining practicality, driving experience and elegance. There’s a bit more substance than just the SL’s V8 power, though, the very mention of an open-top Mercedes is perpetually connected with decadence and luxury. The SL’s interior is simple but intuitive, and the driving experience of the SL is one of understated elegance. It will glide you along any road with comfort, the unstressed V8 often reminding you that you have plenty of power and low down torque on tap. This is a reason why the R107 cars, particularly the 500 SL, are safe bets on the market.

Barry is a huge Mercedes fan, owning his previous 280SL for nearly ten years. The 500SL was always a car he wanted to own. Now that has been achieved; it is time to let someone else enjoy this classic Mercedes.

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

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Meet the owner

The SL for me is a fantastic car to own - I love the convertible and being able to take it out in the summer is great fun.

Barry purchased the car a year ago as the 500SL had always been on Barry’s list of cars to own.

Here's what Barry has to say about his ownership and the car, "I owned an SL280 for 9 years, but always found it to be underpowered, so when I parted with it set about the search for an SL500. I came across this super smooth well cared for SL500 and fell in love with its all-round power, quietness and quality. The car has had only three previous owners, which is rare for a 37 year old vehicle. The first owner had the car for 18 years and I bought it from an engineer who had owned it for 17 years. Evidently, during these long ownerships, the car has been very well looked after, so I had a relatively easy job of keeping it as good as when purchased. The car is in original specification, except for the installation of an upmarket audio system; the original Blapunket radio comes with the car. Mostly, I enjoyed the effortless and smooth drive of this powerful car, I would describe it as 'sails like a dream'. I have enjoyed owning this car, but unfortunately it doesn't get used enough, so have decided to pass on its stewardship to someone who will use it more often.".

Please feel free to ask Barry any questions in the comments below.

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Arguably the perfect grand tourer - a removable hard top also makes the SL very usable when the weather isn't the best.

Wheels and Tyres

The original wheels are in good condition and don't look to have been refurbished at any time - there are just some minor age-related marks. The tyres have a good amount of tread remaining.
Please see the image gallery to take a closer look at the wheels.


The SL is in good condition, and looking down the lines of the Mercedes, all appears to be nice and straight with no dings or dents to mention. The doors look to align as you expect and have a solid clunk when they close. The same can be said for the bonnet and boot, which also align well.

The brown fabric roof is said to be the original and is in excellent condition. The plastic windows show no signs of discolouration or creasing. The hard top matches the body colour and is in good condition with no damage to mention.

Please take the time to look through the hi-resolution images we have taken for a more detailed look at the exterior, for you to make up your own minds on the condition.


Finished in Thistle Green Metallic (881), the 500SL presents really well. However, it has received a coat of paint at some point in the past few years to freshen it up. That said, this means that stone chips are minimal, and the car has a deep lustre.

The images taken are from various angles and reflections to show you the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves and for you to make your own minds up on the condition.

Glass and Trim

The windscreen and door windows are in good condition, with no scratches to mention. There is some slight perishing to the door window rubbers, but it shouldn’t be a difficult item to replace in the future.

The headlights are in good order with no chips, and the reflectors look to have a bright finish to them. Also fitted from the factory, the fog lights are in good order with no cracks to the lenses, and the rear lights are free from any damage. The brightwork around the SL is in excellent condition with no obvious signs of tarnishing to the bumpers, grille or mirrors.


Green on Green was the option for the 500SL - the original Pine Green material is outstanding.

Seats and Carpets

Finished in Pine Green (076), the seats in the Mercedes are in exceptional condition for the age of the vehicle and show minimal signs of any wear. The door cards are also in excellent condition, with no visible damage.

Just like the seats, the condition of the carpet is also superb. There is minimal wear to be seen in the usual high impact areas, such as the driver's heel pad, you could almost say it had been driven only wearing slippers.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


The dashboard is finished in green and highlighted with a walnut trim which is in excellent condition, with no cracks to the lacquered finish. The instruments are working as they should, with no warning lights displayed, and the odometer shows a reading of ~164,873 miles.

Please see the interior gallery for more hi-resolution images.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is the original and shows little signs of any wear. The automatic gearknob is also in good order, and so is its surround with the letters and numbers clearly legible.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


The ultimate engine for the SL - 5.0 litre V8 producing 240bhp and 296lb-ft of torque.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine fires up straight away with the distinct V8 sound, but quickly comes to a smooth, even idle with no untoward noises. Out in the car, it is effortless to drive, hardly being able to hear the V8, until you press the loud pedal that is! It then transforms from a smooth, sophisticated cruiser to a car capable of tearing down the Autobahn at incredible speeds.

The car pulls strongly, as you would expect from the 5.0 litre, and the gearchange is smooth with no noises coming from the transmission.

Suspension and Brakes

The Mercedes almost floats along, soaking up any bumps in the road with ease yet still capable of corning well. On the test drive, no noises were coming from either corner of the car. The brakes bring the vehicle to a halt as they should in a straight line and with no juddering through the pedal.

The Drive

Smooth - that’s how you would describe being in the 500SL. It has everything you need, the roof off for the summer and a hard top for the winter, a 5.0 litre V8, and being a Mercedes, it is built to an excellent standard. It’s certainly a pleasure to be in and is a car which turns heads.

Please watch the On the Road videos to see the car starting and being driven.

Electrics and Other

The in-car entertainment has been upgraded with a Pioneer head unit and is connected to two JBL 6x9 speakers mounted behind the seats. The original Blaupunkt radio is included and is said to be in working order. The switchgear throughout the Mercedes is in good condition with minimal wear to the switch faces and heater controls.

History and Paperwork

Just ~7,000 miles have been covered in the past 20 years.

The SL has been well maintained, which can be seen in the history file. Just three previous keepers have owned the vehicle, and in the past 20 years, it has only covered approximately 7,000 miles and was stored for seven years from 2011.

There is a collection of previous MOT certificates together with invoices for work carried out and a full breakdown of when and where the car was MOT’d and serviced in the past. [Update - 4/7/22] Barry will get a fresh MOT for the winning bidder before collection.

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

We've summarised our 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
21.08.2021 MOT 164,712
29.08.2020 MOT 164,581
27.07.2019 MOT 164,470
10.08.2018 MOT 164,240
28.07.2010 MOT 163,986
23.10.2008 MOT 163,561
31.01.2008 MOT 163,544
03.08.2005 MOT 163,177
02.06.2004 Service Timing chain 162,189
07.03.2003 Service 158,000
12.12.2002 MOT 157,827
10.10.2001 Service 155,857
16.10.2000 MOT 153,235
18.09.1998 MOT Service 142,859
19.09.1997 Service 134,827
05.09.1996 Service 124,798
23.02.1996 MOT 124,411
20.08.1992 Service 67,722
05.07.1988 Service 29,388
18.11.1987 Service 23,931
27.04.1987 Service 17,847
28.10.1986 Service 13,080
04.04.1986 Service 5,403
13,09,1985 Inspection 848
Key Details
  • Model500 SL (R107)
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date19.08.1985 - C626 NAN
  • CC4,973
  • Mileage~164,873
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourThistle Green Metallic
  • Interior ColourPine Green
  • Interior TrimFabric
  • Chassis #WDB1070462A033092
  • Engine #11796222006298
  • MOTYes Exp. 28.08.2022 - New MOT for winner
  • MOT ExemptNo - 2025
  • Road Tax ExemptNo - 2025
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers3
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned1 Year
  • Key FeatureLovely smooth 500SL
  • Auction ID444464

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Hi Barry, what are the 2 black objects on the rear seat?


Any advisories on mot please


Will the car have a new mot before completion of sale


Vehicle Location

Neston, Cheshire

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