This R107 280SL roadster is unusual not only because of its low mileage and beautiful condition, but also because it is equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox. Combined with the rev-happy nature of the 2.8-litre straight-six, the manual gearbox gives a far more involved driving experience than the majority of R107 SLs.
Purchased in September 1984 from Diplomatic and Tourist Sales, Piccadilly, in right-hand drive with Classic White paint work and navy MB-Tex trim, this 280SL was initially shipped to Zeebrugge, Belgium for its British owner and first UK registered in November of 1984.
Having covered just 54k miles from new in the hands of four owners, this SL has all its original books/manuals with a Full Service History from new including a large folder of bills/receipts and all correspondence between the first owner and Mercedes when ordering the car.
In terms of condition this car is in lovely order throughout and has always been garaged and cherished. Its low mileage attests to the fact it has always been a weekend car. In case you’re wondering, the signature on the fuel flap is by Walter Rohrl who drive the car round the Goodwood circuit!
Comes with its factory hard top and hood in excellent condition. Wooden gear knob fitted as per pictures but the original rubber knob comes with the car.
The interior is in immaculate condition with unmarked MB-tex.
The classic Mercedes wheel trims cover the original steel wheels wearing matching recent Michelins all round.
With its white and blue colour scheme, painted wheel trims, 2.8-litre straight-six and manual gearbox, this R107 is in many ways a lot nearer in spirit to earlier Pagodas than most 107s, and indeed more of a traditional sports car.
A rare find in beautiful order.
251 – Becker Mexico cassette player
461 – MPH speedo with English lettering
481 – Undershields
505 – Left outside mirror electrically adjustable
565 – Rear seats
585 – Behr air conditioning and electric windows
592 – Heat insulating glass
677 – Tropical battery
744 – Dark blue folding roof