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Concours-Quality Example with Less than 22,000 Miles from New
Introduced in the spring of 1971, Mercedes-Benz’s iconic R107 series SL coupe/roadster enjoyed a wildly successful production run spanning nearly 20 years. As a 1982 model, this 380 SL features an aluminum alloy 3.8-liter V-8. In addition, the model is nearly 140 pounds lighter than the 4.5-liter 450 SL, and also has a four-speed automatic transmission, rather than the 450 SL’s three-speed unit. Given those specifications, the 380 SL provided performance on par with its slightly more powerful predecessor while offering higher fuel efficiency and – with less weight over the front wheels – improved handling.
Displaying less than 22,000 miles, this 380 SL had just one owner from new through late 2017, and he proudly maintained it in top cosmetic condition throughout that time. In an atypical and striking choice, this 380 SL is finished in rich Orient Red, which is handsomely complemented by a Palomino interior.
Combining traditional R107 attributes, such as timeless styling and famous, vault-like solidity, this example is equipped with both a soft top and hardtop. Indeed, that versatility, combined with a comfortable, sporting interior and effortless performance, should make short jaunts and long road trips delightful. With its devoted ownership and care, outstanding presentation, and low mileage, this pristine 380 SL makes a great candidate for club participation, including shows and driving events.