Lot 9

2018   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2018

1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL

SOLD $26,400


$45,000 - $55,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Single Owner Until October 2017
Less than 22,000 Miles from New
Concours-Level Presentation
Handsome and Rare Orient Red Exterior with Palomino Interior
Accompanied by Hardtop, Original Becker Radio, and Owner’s Manuals

Technical Specs

3,839 CC SOHC V-8 Engine
Bosch Jetronic Fuel Injection
155 BHP at 4,750 RPM
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Front Independent Double-Wishbone Suspension
Rear Independent Trailing-Arm Suspension
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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.