1989 MERCEDES BENZ 280SL ¨R107¨

Garage kept with 99,888 kms.  2.8L direct injection inline six cylinder motor with automatic transmission.  Convertible with matching hardtop.
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VEHICLE History

First sold in Germany in 1983.  Imported to Tenerife Spain by its previous owner in 1989.  Now on its third owner with 99,888 kms from new.  Always garage kept.  It has been driven sparingly in the last five years.
Repainted in original Mercedes Silver Metallic Blue paint more than 30 years ago.  Rust free underbody.  Original interior in dark blue leather.  Non smoking.  No pets.
2.8 liter inline six cylinder motor with automatic transmission.  Power steering, ABS antilock braking system, cruise control, electronic side view mirrors, factory air conditioning, headlamp wipers and washers, and alloy wheels.
The R107 280SL was produced for the European market.  In 1983 3,393 were produced with a total production from 1974 until 1985 of 25,436 units.

exterior

Rust free body in Silver Metallic Blue with matching hardtop and black cloth convertible top.  The vehicle was repainted more than 30 years ago.  Sleek European bumpers and attractive chrome finshing.  Full size trunk.

There are several imperfections in the paint work including small chips, one golf ball sized dent on the trunk lid, and several abrasions on both sides.  The rubber trim has minor damages and abrasions.  Passenger side tail light is damaged.

The hardtop is in Silver Metallic Blue and in good condition.  The soft top is black cloth and was replaced more than ten years ago.  The tires are Nanking 195/90R with more than 50% tread remaining.

motor and transmission

¨M110¨ 2.8 liter water cooled inline six cylinder gasoline motor with electronic fuel injection, which is capable of 185 horse power and top speed of 200 kph (124 mph).  Automatic 4 speed transmission.
Weighing a mere 1,500 kg, the rare 280SL accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in less than 10 seconds.  The car rides on an independent front and rear, double wishbone suspension.  Front and rear disc brakes.
Factory hood matting in missing.  Engine needs a deep cleaning.  Battery is dated 2006, yet has a negative terminal disconnect and is in ok condition.  Water hoses in ok condition, radiator in ok condition.  Fluids were replaced more than two years ago.
Current ITV vehicle emission and road safety inspection.  Starts on first turn.

interior

Dark blue leather drapes the interior with accents of hardwood.  Climate control with factory air conditioning.  Seats for two with room for rear passengers or cargo.  Aftermarket CD stereo.  Locking glove box.  Manually retractable roof.
The captain´s chair is spacious and comfortable.  The driver has excellent sight lines in the 280SL.  The dash controls are easy to read and manage.
The leather is in ok condition.  The dashboard is in good condition.  All buttons and levers are present.  The steering wheel is original and in good condition.  The carpet needs cleaning.  Overall, well preserved with minimal wear and damage.

test drive

Highway and city driving with two adults.  The interior is quiet and comfortable.  The pilot chair feels spacious and commanding over the road.  The driver sight lines are unmolested.  Riding as a passenger is a relaxing thrill.
In the city, the short wheel base manuevers well and the wishbone suspension handles uneven pavement easily.  The brakes perform properly.  The steering is soft and needs adjustment.  The engine accelerates rapidly in pace with modern traffic.
Highway driving with the top down is always memorable for the feel and excitement but also the lustful looks of the other commuters.  Quickly reaching highway speeds while moving gracefully in traffic.
Overall, a rare gem that handles well and is a joy to drive.  The lightweight drop top looks compliment its driving pleasure and the feeling is shared universally by driver, passenger and on looker.  A classic Mercedes that has withstood the test of time.

positives

99,888 kms.
Automatic transmission.
M110 gasoline motor.
Original in motor, transmission and interior.
Clean inside and out.
The drive is comfortable and correct.
Matching numbers.
Matching hardtop.
One of 25,436 units produced.

negatives

Several imperfection in the paint.

Years of sitting in a garage with little use.

Needs tune up.

conclusions

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Left hand drive

This Mercedes Benz 280SL ¨R107¨ like all Canary Island Rover vehicles, features the steering wheel on the left side like in North America and Mainland Europe.

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This Mercedes Benz 280SL is currently offered for sale and direct export by a private seller in the Canary Islands Spain.

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