Introduced in 1971, the all-new V8-engined 350SL was the first of a series replacing the popular 230/250/280SL family, though it was styled in a manner that left no doubt about its immediate ancestry. Longer and wider than that of the 'old' 280SL, the new W107 chassis featured front and rear crumple zones to meet the latest crash protection standards and was, inevitably, heavier than its predecessor's. Like its forebears, the newcomer was more sports-tourer than outright sports car and came equipped with all-independent suspension, similar to that of the 'New Generation' 200/250 models, featuring semi-trailing arms at the rear. Four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated at the front) helped restrain the 130mph performance. As one would expect from a top-of-the-range Mercedes-Benz, air conditioning, automatic transmission and power-assisted steering and brakes came as standard.
A larger-engined model - the 450SL - soon followed but it would be another three years before the 280SL/SLC returned to the range. Mechanically almost identical to its larger siblings, though somewhat lighter in weight, the new version had the same 2.8-litre, twin-overhead-camshaft engine as the other '280' models, producing 185bhp in the SL/SLC, an output that was good enough for a top speed of 127mph. Transmission options consisted of a four-or five-speed manual as well as the standard automatic. The main attraction of the 280SL though, was that it offered superior fuel economy while retaining all the style and luxury of the larger and more expensive models.
A right-hand drive example equipped with automatic transmission, 'RUC 7Y' has been in the lady vendor's possession since 2006 and currently displays a total of approximately 58,000 miles on the odometer. The car will be offered for sale fresh from servicing by Hightone Engineering. Sold as seen, this desirable Mercedes-Benz soft-top is offered with sundry bills, current MoT/tax, Swansea V5C registration document and a file of associated paperwork.