Launched in 1971, the new W107 series SL had a tough act to follow, the delicate 'Pagoda' SL that it replaced having set the benchmark for good manners, quality, refinement and practicality.
Offered in a wide range of engine sizes from a 2.8-litre six to a 5-litre V8, it was to remain in production until 1989 with over 300,000 leaving the works before the new and significantly more complex W129 series made its debut.
Although the 280 was the baby of the SL range, it boasted an excellent blend of performance and economy. Far more economical to run that its V8 siblings, its smooth straight-six fuel injected engine produced 182bhp and 176lb/ft of torque, enough to top 125mph and dash to 60mph from standstill in 10 seconds.
This 1985 example has been with the same family since 1994. An old MOT shows that it had covered 75,000 miles when acquired, the odometer having now just passed the 133,800 mile mark, an average of just 3,000 miles per year.
The file includes a number of bills, along with 18 old MOTs, several insurance valuations and a handbook. The vendor has overhauled the brakes and fuel system since acquisition and had its factory hardtop resprayed. The hood appears to have been replaced in the not-too-distant past and the car is MOTd until April 2018.
This well presented SL left the factory at the zenith of Mercedes-Benz quality, a feature which becomes immediately obvious as soon as you open the door. With many SLs being advertised at almost twice the suggested guide price, it looks a very tempting prospect in which to enjoy the excellent weather we've been having of late.
AMENDMENT; Bidders are advised that this car was family owned from 1994 until Brightwells sold it in 2015 to its current owner who has re-entered the car.