Real world, affordable, classic car enjoyment doesn't come any better than the bullet proof Mercedes SL. Sought after when new it remains an icon today. The SL is a practical all year round do-it-all car. With the hard top it is a useable winter car. For the cooler moments of the British Summer time, the quality, easy to use convertible hood is perfect. Of course the SL is at its best with the top down on a long weekend run to coast.
This rare early surviving 350 SL V8 auto in very good condition. It comes with a new convertible hood as well as hard top in excellent condition. The very comprehensive history files in three thick folders detail full ownership history. The condition of the car and documents show its been very carefully cared for by successive owners.
It is complete with an unbroken chain of MOT’s guaranteeing the current mileage. At the MOT in March 2000, the SL had covered 72,867m. The MOT in 2019 shows 77,187.
The SL has rear seat conversion complete with seat belts, and comes with a number of other original factory fitted items, including electric windows original alloy wheels, and electric aerial.
Quite simply, it is a very good condition low mileage SL that has been well loved and cared for by all its owners.
The ownership records show;
- The SL was sold new in 1972 by Denham Service Station Mercedes Benz Dealer to Mr Johnson from Clacton in Essex.
- Mr Johnson sold the SL to Mr Gurton of Maldon in Essex in August 1980.
- Mr Fisher of Witham in Essex acquired the SL in November 1984.
- Toronto Motors appear to have taken the car in part exchange in January 1986 from Mr Fisher and sold it in the same month to Mr Ramsey of Wallasey.
- Mr Ramsey owned the SL from 1986 – 2005.
- (Under Mr Ramsey’s ownership the SL was serviced, MOT’d and extensively maintained at Robbs Garages Ltd, Wallasey)
- Mr Robb, we assume the owner of Robbs Garages Ltd, acquired the car from Mr Ramsey in 2005.
- Keeping the SL for a little over three years Mr Robb sold the SL to Mr Wilson of Peterborough in 2008. Mr Wilson kept the car until 2019
The metallic red coachwork is in very good condition. All the exterior bumpers, brightwork, lights, etc are in excellent condition. The panels are straight and free of rust. All the gaps are good. It appears new bumpers have been fitted in the not too distant past. This is great news as these are around £1,000 each unit. The hard top is in excellent condition, rust free and undamaged, probably due to the inclusion of an expensive stand. The convertible hood is in excellent condition and was clearly renewed recently.
The black half leather seats with cloth dog tooth inserts are fantastic. Both the leather and the cloth is in great condition without the usual scuffed wear marks on the edges. The dash, door cards and carpets are in perfect condition, free from rips, splits or any other damage.
Engine & Transmission
The heart of this SL is that fabulous V8. What an engine. As would be expected with the service history it fires first time of asking and settles to a steady, deep, thrum. Slip the auto box in to Drive and the car pulls eagerly urging you on. It drives superbly. Nothing else to say really, it’s just right!
Wheels, Tyres & Brakes
The original Mexican Hat alloys are in very good condition. The tyres are all fine. Neither will need any attention any time soon. The front brakes and front suspension were renewed before sale by Mr Wilson. It drives, corners and brakes without fuss, noise or drama.
Small things like the electric aerial all work, along with the factory fitted electric windows. The addition of rear seats along with seat belts is a nice touch. The car feels at home popping to the shops or on the motorway. We drove it back over 170 miles from Norfolk to London and the car did not miss a beat.