1981 Mercedes-Benz 280SL R107 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

R107 SL R107 SL

Neat sought-after Benz with an entry-level price

The previous ‘Pagoda-roof’ generation of SLs and SLCs have exploded in value and collectability over the past five years. But as often happens, when one desirable model gets priced out of reach, the next generation in line often enjoys a trickle-down effect.

This R107 generation has been shoring up of late, with top-spec 560s already fetching north of $100,000, and lower models firming up too.

They’re still somewhat affordable (compared to other German collectibles), and might be a smart buy as a useable weekend cruiser that you can enjoy whilst still holding its value for years to come.

The R107 was produced from 1971 all the way through to 1989 – making it the second-longest running model in the marque’s history, behind the G-Class.

This 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280SL presents in a more affordable specification, bearing the 2.8lt inline-six mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox.

The seller has owned the car for the past ten years. They state that the car was on daily driving duties for the first five years of ownership. They seem to be a caring and enthusiastic owner, who claim to have attended to any mechanical issues as soon as they arose, and regularly carried out preventative maintenance.

It’s been retro-fitted with Bosch’s KE-Jetronic fuel injection to aid reliability and drivability. It bears a euro-spec twin-cam motor with a higher-output than AUS-spec cars.

Tyres, brakes, engine and gearbox are all in "exceptional" functional condition and the photos illustrate a very presentable exterior and interior.

The car comes with both its hard and soft top, and 250,000kms on the odometer.

The seller states that the car is not a pampered concours car, and is priced as such.

This 280SL is based in Victoria, is listed for $28,500.

Check out the full listing here!


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