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1989 Mercedes 500SL

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  • Mileage120,244
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine5.0L
  • LocationBodiam, UK


1989 Mercedes 500SL

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Jacob Boodrie
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A genuine, clean, late facelift example that has benefitted from major work in 2013.

The R107 is a familiar model when it comes to classics, with well cared for cars standing the test of time. Offered in a range of engine sizes, the 500 SL is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch. During our visit, the car really looked good and is a testament to the level of care Riad has given the car over his ownership.

With invoices in 2013 from the SLSHOP thoroughly working on the car - this stunning example will offer the new owner a great amount of satisfaction for years to come.

This is a late facelift model, so benefits from stronger bodywork and styling tweaks like the front air-dam, that often make these R107s a more sought after investment.

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

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Meet the owner

As soon as I purchased the car, I commissioned work through the SLSHOP to ensure that I could use the car for many years to come.

It's always great to see an SL come out of that garage, isn't it? With thanks to Riad for commissioning this work, as well as his great attention to detail and care over the years, the new owner can drive away with a smile.

As Riad is not driving the car as much as he'd like, he is looking to move the beautiful convertible on after 10 years of ownership and has given the R107 a fresh MOT and service in preparation for the sale.

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Solid, straight lines offer an assertive presence on the roads.

Wheels and Tyres

Sitting on the modern facelift style R107 wheels, they really do look stunning, especially since Riad only had them refurbished around 2 years ago, please see the photos.

The wheels are wrapped in a full set of Avon tyres upon the completion of SLSHOP work in 2013, still maintaining a good amount of tread.


Straight lines across the car were the vision of the R107 styling. The bodywork of this car presents in excellent condition. We’ve filmed our usual exterior review video for you to watch.

Some panels such as the rusty sills have been replaced in 2013, whilst others have been repaired, as can be seen by the invoices.


The car was repainted at Riad's request to a bold black that accentuates the fresh trim added to the car.

The finish is even across the car, and the colour too. We spotted some minor scratches on some edges, watch the video review to see the detail.

Glass and Trim

All of this is to be regarded as excellent condition as Riad had them replaced along with the soft top windows. which can be seen in the photos.

The car comes with a hard-top too, this looks good when it's on the car, but could do with some refurbishment compared to the lovely condition of the rest of the SL. A brand new hard-top stand will also be provided with the sale.


Full leather interior with hints of veneer provides a luxurious experience every time.

Seats and Carpets

Finished in cream leather with matching door card trim the car screams some of that old school luxury.

All looks clean and as expected from a caring owner who has driven the car sparingly since it's restoration.


The SLSHOP performed a full cleanout of the interior and to this day still looks clean and tidy. A chrome pointer for a gauge was replaced but most of the interior is believed to be original.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Both look in excellent condition and to the original specification.


A smooth sounding V8 that will give many smiles per miles.

Engine and Gearbox

The 5.0L V8 engine started first go from cold in our video. Soon settling into a smooth tick over, we detected no issues. The engine bay looks clean and free from any rust and there is a protective layer installed under the bonnet.

Paired with the usual 4-speed automatic transmission, Riad assures us there the gears change smoothly after its gearbox service in 2013.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension and brakes look in good condition. An R107 has double wishbones, coil springs, additional rubber springs, stabilising bar front suspension and diagonal swing axle, coil springs, stabilising bar rear suspension.

Front ventilated and rear disc brakes that were replaced in 2013 are in full working order today. New brake hoses were also added. There is some minor corrosion on the exhaust that can be seen in the images.

The Drive

The 500SL offer plenty of torque when applying the throttle. Easily driven with the automatic gearbox, R107s are proven to be highly reliable cruising machines.

The power steering has been replaced by RIad. He assures that the car drives as expected.

Electrics and Other

As can be seen by the invoices from the SLSHOP, all mechanical and electrical issues were fixed in 2013, proving Riad to be a great owner of this vehicle.

A new battery fitted has been fitted under a month ago with the usual 3-year warranty.

History and Paperwork

As soon as Riad purchased the car, it was all about bringing back its former shine.

During the second half of 2013, significant work was carried out on the R107 to really make the car shine again. With the help of SLSHOP, the car was completely refurbished back to excellent condition. Over time, the car has been cared for so well by Riad and has used the car very sparingly, accumulating around 2,000 miles in the last 10 years.

Riad has just had the car MOT'd and serviced in preparation for the sale with no issues. He's even filled up the fuel tank for the sale! Please note, the registration number pictured will not be sold with the car.

We have actioned the following checks:
- Photo ID of seller.
- V5 checked against seller's photo ID.
- HPi Clear.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
05.08.2020 MOT & Service 120,244
08.10.2019 MOT 120,218
26.10.2018 MOT 120,081
11.09.2017 MOT 120,010
15.09.2016 MOT 119,944
12.09.2015 MOT 119,634
08.09.2015 MOT 119,031
Key Details
  • ModelR107
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date01/06/1989
  • Mileage120,244
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourBlack
  • Interior ColourCream
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WDB1070462A100817
  • Engine #11796422004263
  • MOT10.2020
  • HPi ClearYes
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned7 Years
  • Key FeatureLate Facelift Model

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£22,250 bid by JAYVERMA123 14.08.2020 @ 20:07:35
£21,750 bid by paresh_gem 14.08.2020 @ 20:06:52
£21,500 bid by JAYVERMA123 14.08.2020 @ 20:05:47
£21,000 bid by paresh_gem 14.08.2020 @ 20:05:00
£20,405 bid by JAYVERMA123 14.08.2020 @ 20:04:38
£20,201 bid by cwfields 14.08.2020 @ 20:04:00
£20,000 bid by paresh_gem 14.08.2020 @ 20:03:08
£19,601 bid by cwfields 14.08.2020 @ 20:02:38
£19,400 bid by JAYVERMA123 14.08.2020 @ 20:01:48
£18,950 bid by paresh_gem 14.08.2020 @ 20:00:38
£18,700 bid by JAYVERMA123 14.08.2020 @ 19:59:41
£18,250 bid by paresh_gem 14.08.2020 @ 19:59:19
£18,000 bid by cwfields 14.08.2020 @ 19:59:00
£17,250 bid by paresh_gem 14.08.2020 @ 19:58:35
£17,000 bid by sbhogal 14.08.2020 @ 19:56:34
£16,750 bid by JAYVERMA123 14.08.2020 @ 19:56:09
£16,500 bid by paresh_gem 14.08.2020 @ 19:55:30
£15,500 bid by sbhogal 14.08.2020 @ 19:50:59
Kulraj Salh

Reserve Met – This car will sell to the highest bidder tonight.

Good luck if you are bidding, and remember, bids in the last 60 seconds extend the auction by 2 minutes, so no need to leave it until the last second to place your bid :).



£15,250 bid by cwfields 14.08.2020 @ 19:14:08
£15,000 bid by JJH 14.08.2020 @ 18:36:08
£14,000 bid by paresh_gem 14.08.2020 @ 18:14:20
£13,500 bid by mrhart 14.08.2020 @ 17:57:13
£13,201 bid by BHP 14.08.2020 @ 17:40:59

Hi riad what was the original colour seeing as it has been resprayed? Tia

£13,000 bid by mrhart 13.08.2020 @ 22:19:43
£12,000 bid by JJH 13.08.2020 @ 20:47:58

Hi riad. In the description it says a full new set of Avon tyres have been put on the car. In the pictures it seems there are at least 3 different tyre brands. ?

Also did the car have a total body repaint. If so was it taken back to the metal ?

Many thanks


Hi Riad
I notice the fuse box cover in the footwell is missing. Are there any electrical problems


Hi Riad, Had the bulkhead ever been repaired and what is it’s condition at present? (I.e. is there any rust/ holes)?

£10,000 bid by mrhart 12.08.2020 @ 11:26:40

Hi.. Is the car has exhaust manifold leak..? Just noticed on your cold start video . Thanks

Kulraj Salh

Not that we know of, and nothing was flagged in the MOT check that was completed last week.


Ok. That’s great.


Hi can you tell me how many previous owners the cars had and also when it was last serviced

Kulraj Salh

Hi Bob, all paperwork is uploaded for you to review, you’ll see 8 previous owners on the V5, and last serviced last week, in prep for the sale.

£9,000 bid by ceporter4509 10.08.2020 @ 17:36:24

Hi what’s the minimum you would take

Kulraj Salh

Hi, this car is live on auction, you can place your maximum bid and see if it will win the car! Hope that helps, Kulraj

£7,000 bid by 08.08.2020 @ 19:00:37
£6,500 bid by PeterElton 08.08.2020 @ 12:07:45
£6,000 bid by Jaycee11 07.08.2020 @ 18:03:05
£5,000 bid by 07.08.2020 @ 16:47:48

Hi riad does this come with a hardtop? Thanks

Lee stanton
Lee stanton

Is the roof electric I’m sure it is,
Could I come and view it not sure how auction works
Kind regards


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