1983 Mercedes 380 SL,
Lot 131
The Property of Baroness Edmond de Rothschild,1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Chassis no. WDB1070451A000982
Sold for €29,900 (US$ 40,068) inc. premium
Lot Details
The Property of Baroness Edmond de Rothschild
1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL
Chassis no. WDB1070451A000982
Magnifiquement construits, élégamment dessinés et extrêmement bien équipés, les coupés et cabriolets haut de gamme de Mercedes-Benz ont été longtemps considérés comme les symboles de la richesse et du prestige liés à une clientèle exigeante et distinguée. La 380 SL que nous avons l’avantage de proposer ici, propriété de la baronne Edmond de Rothschild, est toujours immatriculée à son nom.

Le type 380 SL était en production depuis trois ans lorsque la baronne de Rothschild prit livraison de sa voiture en septembre 1983. Lancés en mars 1980, le roadster 380 SL et le coupé 380 SLC avaient conservé la caisse Type 107 introduite en 1971-1972 sous une forme pratiquement inchangée, la seule différence notable concernant l’ajout d’un spoiler avant. Les nouveaux modèles qui remplaçaient la série des 350 furent produits parallèlement aux 280 et 500 SL/SLC extérieurement semblables. Leur moteur était une version du V8 à arbres à cames en tête de 3,5 litres portée à 3 818 cm3 et améliorée. Les trains roulants étaient conformes aux pratiques habituelles de Mercedes avec quatre roues indépendantes et quatre freins à disques, tandis que la nouvelle boîte automatique était standard. La vitesse maximale se situait aux environs de 210 km/h.

Un peu plus d’un an après, la 380 SL fut remotorisée avec un V8 à course allongée de 3 839 cm3 en vue d’en réduire la consommation et les émissions toxiques. La puissance maximale diminua légèrement de 218 à 204 ch (DIN).

La 380 SL de la baronne de Rothschild fut achetée neuve et immatriculée pour la première fois le 30 septembre 1983. La voiture est suisse et s’accompagne de son Permis de Circulation suisse à son nom (périmé depuis le 22 janvier 2007). Toujours remisée dans un garage, la voiture qui affiche au total 80 040 km au compteur est pratiquement à l’état neuf. La présence d’un volant Nardi à jante en bois est la seule entorse aux spécifications standard.



Superbly constructed, elegantly styled and supremely well-equipped, Mercedes-Benz’s top-of-the range ‘SL’ coupés and cabriolets have long been recognised as symbols of wealth and prestige, attracting a distinguished and discerning clientele. The 380SL we are privileged to offer here is the property of the Baroness Edmond de Rothschild and is registered in her name.

The world’s foremost banking dynasty, the Rothschilds can trace the origin of their business back to the late 18th Century, when Mayer Amschel Rothschild, previously a dealer in coins, began providing financial services to Crown Prince Wilhelm of Hesse-Kassel in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Mayer despatched his sons to Europe’s capitals to found branches there, the Paris job falling to his youngest son, Jacob (James) Mayer Rothschild, who set up de Rothschild Frères in 1817.
James Rothschild’s great grandson, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, married Nadine Lhopitalier in 1963. The marriage startled French society: Miss Lhopitalier came from relatively humble origins and was a movie actress at the time, using the stage name Tallier; she was also a Catholic but converted to Judaism soon after their marriage. Later in 1963 she gave birth to a son, Benjamin, who succeeded his father, Edmond, as Chairman of the LCF Rothschild Group in 1997.

As well as international finance, the name of Rothschild is inextricably linked to the production of fine wines. In 1853 the family acquired Château Brane Mouton (renamed Château Mouton Rothschild) adding Château Lafite to its portfolio in 1868, while there have been further acquisitions such as Château Clarke in the 20th Century. One of the most recent of these is Château Malmaison, which belongs to Nadine de Rothschild. As well as being a qualified viniculturist she is also a distinguished writer with seven books to her credit including the best-selling ‘The Baroness Will Return at 5’ and founder of the ‘Académie Nadine de Rothschild’.

The Mercedes-Benz 380SL model had been in production for three years when Baroness de Rothschild took delivery of hers in September 1983. Launched in March 1980, the 380SL roadster and 380SLC coupe retained the Type 107 bodyshell first introduced in 1971/72 in virtually unchanged form, the most noticeable difference being the addition of a front spoiler. The newcomers supplanted the outgoing '350' models and were produced alongside the outwardly similar 280 and 500SL/SLCs. Their power unit was an enlarged (to 3,818cc) and improved version of the existing 3.5-litre overhead-cam V8. The running gear followed Mercedes-Benz's established pattern, comprising all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, while the new four-speed automatic transmission was standard equipment. Top speed was in excess of 130mph.

After little more than a year the 380SL was re-engined with a longer-stroke, 3,839cc V8 in the interests of better fuel economy and reduced emissions. Maximum power decreased slightly from 218bhp to 204bhp (DIN).
Baroness de Rothschild’s 380SL was purchased new and first registered on 30th September 1983. It is Swiss registered and comes with Swiss Permis de Circulation in her name (cancelled 22.01.2007). Always kept garaged, the car displays a total of 80,040 kilometres on the odometer and is in mint condition for its age. The desirable addition of a Nardi wood-rim steering wheel is the only deviation from standard specification.

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