When the fabulous W107 Series Mercedes SL Roadster was launched way back in 1971 it initially came with only one engine option, the tried and trusted 3.5-litre V8 that was already to be found in the big S-Class saloons and coupes.
This produced 200bhp and 211lb/ft of torque and remained an option right up until 1980 when it was finally replaced by a slightly larger 3.8-litre unit. Bigger and smaller engines were also made available over time but the 3.5 was always the engine that the car was designed for and gave it a top speed of 132mph – more than enough for most owners.
These 107 series SLs only look more handsome with every passing year, being made at a time when the Stuttgart firm still had a reputation for building cars that made granite feel a bit flimsy. Fast, comfortable and discreetly understated, they have a matchless ability to munch up the miles for year after year without ever seeming to falter. No wonder the 107 stayed in production fundamentally unaltered until 1989 – the longest running chassis in Mercedes history.
First registered in February 1972, this 350SL must be one of the first batch of 107s to be registered in the UK and is finished in unusual Coral Red with black leather seats and dash console, black mohair soft-top, body-colour hardtop (with stand) and lightweight ‘Mexican hat’ alloy wheels. The spare wheel is present and shod with a new tyre.
Being one of the earliest 107s this car is of course tax exempt and is being offered here as a light restoration project. It is showing some 120,000 miles on the clock and we are told that although it runs and drives, it requires attention to the power steering, the soft top, exhaust and underside in general. These 107 Roadsters have been rising strongly of late and in the fullness of time this one should amply reward the remedial works now required.