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1988 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

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  • Mileage~156,300
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine5.0L
  • LocationWoodford Green


1988 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

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Jon Dixon
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The timeless R107 is a beautiful, reliable and fun classic that has the '80s written all over it. Boasting the V8 bulletproof power plant and second-to-none build-quality, it is one of our personal favourites.

The Mercedes SL (R107) was introduced in 1971 and manufactured until 1989. This example is a later "facelift" example from 1988 and therefore featured the advantages of better braking, handling, and importantly galvanised bodywork to help prevent rust.

We really like this example owned by Edward and finished in a stunning Smoke Silver (702) metallic paint, it screams the '80s and we love that. With only 2 previous owners who have both really cared for this car over its life.

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

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Meet the owner

I love SL's, ever since a child, I've always thought they look awesome. I thought this might be a car that I would keep forever.

With the low ownership history on this example, and its originality, Edward took the opportunity to acquire the car and put it in to storage. The car has always been dry stored in a garage and comes with its colour matching hard-top roof pictured, perfect for British winters.

He buys and sells a few cars when time permits, and this particular example he thought would be one to enjoy in years to come, a forever car. However, due to a change of circumstance, the car is now with us for sale at auction.

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Finished in a classic and desirable Smoke Silver colour, this SL 500 has a Hollywood elegance about it.

Wheels and Tyres

The 15” classic Mercedes wheels look really good on this example. Classy styling all round.

The wheels look in excellent condition with no curbing or marks observed. The rubber looks excellent as well, all the tyres where replaced in 2016 with premium Michelin rubber on each wheel. Please see the images and videos for an extensive view.


While observing the bodywork on this car, we think it looks really good. All the panel gaps are tight with even in spacing. We did notice a little surface rust on the off-side under the running board. However, the rest of the underside looks very clean.

Please view the exterior and mechanical images and videos to see this car in full detail.


The paintwork on this car looks beautiful. A fantastic classic colour choice with the data plate in the bonnet inferring colour 702 Smoke Silver Metallic, that really does stand out on the roads today for all the right reasons.

The paintwork is even in finish and colour all over the car, we noticed some minor flaking and stone chips in the bonnet and on the roof. All in, a really nice example - please view the images and videos to see the crystal clear reflections on this paintwork.

Glass and Trim

Inline with the rest of the car, in excellent condition. The rubber seals and trim look great on this example – including the hardtop roof. The soft top however, finished in a contrasting chocolate brown, has some tears in it that are a result of how it's been creased over time. The rest of it looks amazing, but time has taken its toll either side of the rear window as pictured.

The brightwork would benefit with some light polishing to really bring the chrome out. On top of this, the bonnet is missing the washer jet tops, take a look at the photos and video to see the detail.


Mercedes-Benz of this era have that familiar business like feel to them, and the R107 is no different.

Seats and Carpets

The class pours through into the interior on the 500SL. Finished in Mushroom leather code 275 from the data plate, carpets and a wood veneer centre console.

The leather seats have done well through their 32 years and 156k miles of service. They are showing creases and cracks as pictured. The seats would benefit from a deep detail to bring them back to their former glory.


Moving onto the dashboard which is in line with the rest of the car – also in great condition.

A very clean dashboard to be found, all the dials are crisp and clear with no fogging or discolouration. We love the classic three-dial layout Mercedes have adopted here. Please take a look at the photos and videos for more detail.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A very minimal yet effective steering wheel found inside this land yacht. The large Mercedes-Benz classic 4 spoke steering wheel puts you in full control.

Please take a look at the photos and videos to really appreciate the interior of this Mercedes SL500.


Top of the line R107 with its 5.0L V8 powertrain, perfect for cruising and a spirited run alike.

Engine and Gearbox

The famous Mercedes V8 5.0L powers this magnificent luxury convertible. Renowned for being reliable and sturdy when well-maintained, it makes the 500 SL a great investment for a usable '80s classic.

Featuring the auto gearbox, this car lets you sweep down any stretch of road in ease and comfort, reassuring you of its power when you desire.

Suspension and Brakes

Edward assures us the car handles exactly as you'd expect for a Mercedes of this calibre. He reports the car stops just as it should do too. The car has just been put through an MOT too, having been in storage for the past 5 years.

Please view the mechanical images to have a closer look at the clean underside, suspension, and brakes of this car.

The Drive

A smooth and enjoyable ride to be had in this 500SL. Comfortable yet powerful when you require it to be.

Electrics and Other

Edward reports all the electrics are working just as they should to his knowledge. A common question when selling an R107, Edward doesn't have a hard top stand to go with the sale.

History and Paperwork

A late model R107, Smoke Silver over Mushroom leather, facelift, 5.0L V8 with matching hard top, it ticks a lot of boxes.

This flagship 500SL comes with its original handbook and logbook. Coming in a desirable colour combination, this UK RHD example is ready for a new home to enjoy.

The 500SL comes with its colour matching hardtop roof as well.

We have actioned our usual checks;
- Photo ID
- V5C
- HPi clear

Service History
Date Type Mileage
20.11.2020 MOT 156,266
09.04.2015 MOT 153,595
22.01.2014 MOT 154,988
07.07.2009 MOT 152,709
23.09.2002 Service 128,420
25.05.2001 Service 118,423
04.02.2000 Service 108,285
09.09.1999 Service 104,714
24.07.1998 Service 93,867
18.11.1997 Service (MD) 85,646
07.05.1997 Service (MD) 66,624
12.11.1996 Service (MD) 70,496
14.03.1996 Service (MD) 68,968
08.08.1995 Service (MD) 57,795
12.04.1994 Service (MD) 43,843
04.04.1991 Service 6,893
27.04.1990 Service 4,719
27.06.1989 Service 2,537
05.11.1988 Service 325
Key Details
  • Model500 SL
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date30.12.1988
  • CC4973CC
  • Mileage~156,300
  • HistoryExcellent
  • ColourSmoke Silver (702)
  • Interior ColourMushroom (275)
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #4973CCWDB1070462A084359
  • Engine #11796422003503
  • MOTYes. - Exp 19.11.2021
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers2
  • Tyre TreadExcellent
  • Tyre BrandMichelin
  • Tyre Age4yrs
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypeTrade
  • Owned5 years
  • Key FeatureFacelift 5.0L V8

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£11,000 bid by portisa 04.12.2020 @ 15:24:13

Is there any service/maintenance history since 2002?


I believe there are some bills I think there are some in the photos. The couple I bought it from loved it as it was her 50th birthday present when new. The garage that MOTd it probably service I’d imagine. It’s real find same family since new

£10,500 bid by Toni76s 03.12.2020 @ 14:08:39

Hi there, would I be able to come and see the car tomorrow or over the weekend?



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