1987 Mercedes 420 SL

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AUCTION DETAILS
  • Current Bid:    £5,001.00

    £5,001.00     
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#52287
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  • VEHICLE DETAILS

    Category
    Model
    420 SL R107
    Trans.
    Automatic
    Reg. Date
    06.06.1987
    CC
    4,196
    Mileage
    139,834
    History
    Very Good
    Colour
    Champagne
    Interior Colour
    Brown / Black
    Interior Trim
    Leather
    Chassis #
    WBD1070472A072276
    Engine #
    11696422001568
    Last Service
    25.05.2019
    MOT
    Pass
    HPi Clear
    Yes - Checking in progress
    Former Keepers
    8
    Tyre Tread
    Good
    Tyre Age
    1 Year
    Brake Life
    1 Year
    LHD or RHD
    RHD
    Vehicle Visited
    Yes
    Sale Type
    Private
    Owned
    4 Years
    Key Feature
    Original
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AUCTION LIVE

Guide Price £15,000 to £17,000

 
In 1971, R107 Mercedes-Benz SL took off where its R113 predecessor left off. Fitted with a V8 engine and blessed with a soft top, this range of cars were the staple-mark of Mercedes for almost two decades. These are in such high demand at the moment due to their comfortable ride and automatic gearbox.

We meet Dev, who absolutely loves the smooth ride of these cars, but unfortunately due to a new business venture he is going to say goodbye, but he wants the new owner to cherish it. Please read more and review all photos and videos during our visit.

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Recent Buyer Review – Simon Welsh on 1st May “Found my ideal 90’s sports car on Trade Classics. Living in Bournemouth and the car being in the Midlands I relied heavily on the advert, photos and videos.

On picking the car up I wasn’t disappointed. Everything was as it had been described. So I got straight into it and drove home. What a drive put a smile on my face.

Thanks very much Trade Classics and I’m now looking out for my next classic to add to the collection.”.

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THE CAR & DEV

Dev really does love the Mercedes. In the ‘Meet the Owner’ video he talks about the smooth ride, soft-top and chrome platings the car possesses. He has owned this fine example for almost 4 years – taking great care of it throughout his ownership.

During his time with the car Dev has given great care to it. He used the vehicle in dry months (May to October) and has run up 1,000 miles a year in it. He loved going to the pub with its soft top down and his sunglasses on.

Dev is now retired and has just recently left his restaurant business and will be spending more time in Cyprus hence he will have to sell his beloved 420 SL. He wants the new owner to have a passion for these iconic classics so they can care for it as much as he has and perhaps do minor repairs to it.

“The main reason for me to sell the car is that I have retired from my restaurant business and will be spending more time in Cyprus now hence little time left to spend on my much loved Mercedes SL

 

EXTERIOR

This iconic classic is sprayed with the Champagne Gold that you’re prone to see with Mercedes. All credit goes to Dev who commissioned a paint restoration on it. Since Dev’s owned it he has installed a brand new soft top – which he absolutely loves. Please watch the exterior review video as Glyn our consigner does a great job in reviewing the car.

Wheels & Tyres
The car is fitted with 205/65/15 tyres that are one year old with excellent tread. The original wheels are still looking in good condition.

Bodywork
As we worked our way around the vehicle we were really impressed with the condition. There is slight defects at the edges of the front chrome plating and a little surface rust on some underside areas. Please watch our extensive review of the exterior in the video that details each body panel meticulously. A colour-coded hard top is also available with purchase.

Paint
The Champagne Gold looks stunning – on a sunny day it will look even better. As we work our way around the car we see the paintwork to be in excellent condition. There is a slight defect on the nearside rear wheel arch – please see all photos.

Glass and Trim
All trim is in good condition upon our visit. We would recommend the new owner to check the seal by the offside A-pillar as this could do with replacing.

 

INTERIOR

As you make your way to the interior of the car you really start to get that eighties style around you. Anyone who loves R107’s will love the interior presented with brown leather and the brazil check cloth. Please read below detailing the condition of each part as well as looking at all the photos and videos.

Seats and Carpets
The original seats are in a condition that you would expect of a car this age. There is a rip in the leather of the driver’s seat and wear to the pattern. We would recommend the owner repairing the seats if they desire excellent condition.

Dashboard
All gauges look to be original and in good condition. The overall dashboard is finished in black with wooden trim descending to the gearbox.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
Both are in good condition with no issues. The handbrake module has a crack which we would recommend getting remedied.

 

MECHANICS

As we go around Dev’s local area in Leicester we were really impressed with the smooth ride this 420 SL has to offer. The gearbox is a 4-speed automatic allowing you to leisurely cruise through the British roads. The car is fitted with the original 4.2L V8 engine – some examples around the world are known to have completed in excess of one million miles.

Engine and Gearbox
Please watch the ‘On the Road’ video to see the car start first time from cold (6 Degrees). The gears change without any rejection or unwanted noise.

Suspension and Brakes
The brakes are responsive as you would expect after Dev has replaced the brake pads. The suspension works very well, a smooth drive.

The Drive
Dev mentions the power steering works well but there is a little play when centred. Glyn was impressed with the ride.

Electrics and Other
All electrics and gauges on the dashboard and lights work as expected – apart from the clock and Dev mentions there is a defect with the heater motor that will need to be repaired. The horn also does not work. It is fitted with a DAB/USB modern stereo – the aerial works mechanically from inside as well as both windows.

 

HISTORY


Dev has supplied us with over one hundred photos of paperwork that has been kept since the first owner. It comes with the original service booklet. Some MOT papers have been lost over time, however, the service history in the earlier years details the mileage of the car very well.

13.06.2019 – 139,269 (MOT)
25.05.2019 – 139,101 (Service)
13.06.2018 – 138,014 (MOT)
15.05.2018 – 138,007 (Service)
15.02.2017 – 137,180 (MOT)
02.02.2017 – 137,010 (Service)
10.02.2016 – 135,763 (Service)
20.01.2016- 135,237 (MOT)
18.01.2016 – 135,182 (Full Service)
07.10.2013 – 134,229 (MOT)
04.10.2012 – 132,300 (MOT)
22.09.2011 – 130,550 (MOT)
06.08.2010 – 128,648 (MOT)
29.07.2009 – 127,004 (MOT)
18.02.2009 – 124,330 (Service)
14.05.2009 – 126,299 (MOT)
08.08.2008 – 112,770 (MOT)
05.04.2007 – 105,226 (MOT & Service)
28.11.2005 – 103,341 (MOT)
28.06.2005 – 102,592 (Service)
23.11.2004 – 99,572 (MOT)
26.07.2004 – 97,990 (Service)
27.11.2003 – 94,888 (MOT)
21.11.2002 – 90,095 (MOT)
27.11.2001 – 87,779 (MOT)
27.11.2000 – 77,970 (MOT)
25.11.1999 – 71,156 (Service)
30.06.1999 – 62,405 (Service)
25.11.1999 – 71,156 (MOT)
10.03.1999 – 52,999 (Service)
27.11.1998 – 43,880 (MOT)
06.08.1998 – 37,267 (Service)
26.11.1997 – 20,144 (Service)
24.07.1997 – 19,926 (MOT)
27.06.1996 – 18,503 (MOT)
19.10.1995 – 17,875 (Service)
22.03.1995 – 17,578 (MOT)
30.04.1994 – 17,370 (Service)
01.05.1992 – 16,173 (Service)
11.12.1990 – 13,859 (Service)
08.12.1989 – 11,381 (Service)
04.10.1988 – 6,111 (Service)
15.10.1987 – 1201 (Service)

HPi Check Results
– HPi clear – available on request.

 

OUR SUMMARY

The R107 as the internal code is known, is firmly regarded as a classic now. Mercedes continued the sport lightweight form from the Pagodas before it with lots of modernisations, but in keeping with the original ethos.

This model is the 4.2L V8 version, and a later produced example which benefits from a better suspension and braking set-up. Finished in gold and looked after, it’s a lovely example for someone to enjoy as the warmer months are on us.

Dev will be sad to see it go but he needs to start taking bookings for his new restaurant.

 

WRITER

GLYN WILLIAM PARRY
This listing was written from information supplied by Glyn after meeting Dev, the owner and seller, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Dev will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.



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Is the replaceable hard top available too?

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Hi yes a colour coded hardtop in very good condition is included in the price

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yes colour coded hardtop is included in price