1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible
Chassis no. WDBBA45CXFA033122
3,818cc SOHC V8 engine
Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel-injection
155bhp at 5,500rpm
Four-speed automatic transmission
Four-wheel independent suspension
Four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes
-Very original R107 Mercedes-Benz
-Hard and soft tops
One of the longest-lived Mercedes-Benz models, the R107 sports car was derived from the W114 sedan. Production started in April, 1971 and went on until August, 1989, by which time Daimler had sold 237,287 SL two-seaters and 62,888 SLC four-seaters. The chassis is typical of Mercedes-Benz at the height of its engineering prowess, with double-wishbone independent front suspension, swing-axle rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and despite the tank-like indestructibility, a dry weight of just 3500 lbs. Styling is timeless, with a token nod to the previous W113 sports cars in the "Pagoda" shape to the removable hardtop. Over the years, the R107 was powered by everything from a 2.8-liter I-6 to a 5.6-liter V-8, with 3 or 4-speed automatic and 4 or 5-speed manual transmissions.
The 380SL, with new all-aluminum 3.8-liter, 155 hp SOHC V-8, appeared in 1980 and was replaced in North American markets in 1985 with the 227 hp, 5.6-liter V-8. ABS brakes were fitted for the first time and the price had climbed to $43,820, but as Car and Driver wrote in 1985, "There's nothing new to report, just the same old litany of thunking doors, laser-straight high-speed stability, confidence-inspiring handling and stratospheric price."
The Motorcar Offered
This 380 has resided in New York State, for the majority of the last 20 years of its ownership, and in the North Salem area since 2001. It carries a clean Carfax® document with no issues reported to this system. As reported by its owner, the car is running and driving well and is described as 'a pleasure to drive' and 'very reliable', with a particular note that its air-conditioning and power-steering are functioning properly.
Aesthetically the paintwork is showing a few signs of age, but the interior leather remains very clean and the light blue/grey color codes well with its dark metallic blue exterior.
Representing versatile top down, or top up with a/c motoring, this classic Mercedes is a perfect summer cruiser.