1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895
Lot 74
1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop
Sold for €36,800 (US$ 43,298) inc. premium

Lot Details
1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. WDB107461A069449 Engine no. 117964 12 002895
1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Convertible with Hardtop
Chassis no. WDB107461A069449
Engine no. 117964 12 002895
•Delivered new in Germany
•Desirable factory options
•Circa 52,000 kilometres recorded
•Matching numbers and colours

'There are few who would argue - we included - that the 500 SL is one of the world's finest luxury sports cars; beautifully styled and superbly engineered. Its engine an automatic transmission set extremely high standards in terms of smoothness and refinement while in most conditions its handling and roadholding are of the highest order.' - Motor.

Introduced alongside the outwardly similar 380 SL roadster and SLC coupé models at the Geneva Salon in March 1980, the 500 SL and 500 SLC 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. Built on a longer wheelbase, the coupé models accommodated two rear seat passengers and provided greater boot space than their open-topped siblings. The running gear followed Mercedes-Benz's established pattern, comprising all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, while a new four-speed automatic transmission was standard equipment.

The 500 SL and 500 SLC featured the all-alloy 4,973cc overhead-camshaft V8 engine that had debuted in the 450 SLC 5.0 of 1977. Lighter, more powerful and less thirsty than the old 4.5-litre iron-block V8, the 5.0-litre produced 240bhp at 5,000rpm, an output sufficient to propel the luxuriously-equipped yet lightweight 500 SL/SLC to 225km/h (140mph). With approximately the same amount of power on tap as the legendary 300 SL sports car, the 500 SL/SLC was both lighter and slightly quicker off the mark, though a little down on top speed when compared to its illustrious cousin.

Although shorter in the wheelbase than the superseded 450, the newcomers retained their predecessors' successful and long-established body style, which now featured aerodynamic spoilers at front and rear. The running gear too remained unchanged in essence, though improvements were made to the all-independent suspension and to the brakes, which gained larger pads and anti-lock as an option. As on the smaller models, four-speed automatic transmission was standard. The previous auto 'box had disappointed some, but Motor magazine found the new version 'equal in the smoothness of its changes to anything achieved by Rolls-Royce or Chrysler in America'. Depending on the destination market, the inventory of standard equipment included central locking, electric windows, cruise control, headlamp wash/wipe, power steering, a limited-slip differential, and alloy wheels. The 500 SL/SLC was not officially sold in the USA, though that did not stop would-be owners importing them privately. In 1989, after 17 years in production, the elegant Type 107 family was retired to the enduring regret of many Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts.

This 500 SL was supplied new in Germany by Mercedes-Benz, Bremen to German specifications and subsequently exported to Japan. Finished in White with Royal Blue leather interior, the car displays a total of only some 52,000 kilometres on the odometer and benefits from a recent full engine service by Mercedes-Benz specialists prior to auction.

Ready to enjoy, this beautiful Mercedes-Benz 500 SL has the following desirable options: Sperrdifferenzial (limited-slip differential); Tempomat (cruise control); electric mirrors; air conditioning; and heated seats. It also benefits from recently fitted new tyres (Mercedes-Benz SL specification Michelins) and is presented in very good-to-excellent condition. The car comes complete with its original hardtop, service records, owner's manual, wallet, spare keys, data sheet, comprehensive tool kit, sundry invoices, and a UK V5C registration document.


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  • Please note that the chassis number should read UUDB1070461A069449.
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