The Details

Mercedes R107 300SL




  • Mileage: 29,774
  • Year: 1989
  • MOT Expiry: September 2022
  • Exterior Colour: Signal Red
  • Interior Colour: Cream Leather
  • Top speed: 126
  • 0-60mph: 9.6
  • BHP: 185
  • Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 2962cc
  • Engine Configuration: Straight 6

Model History

The R107 chassis replaced the sought after W113 SL chassis or “Pagoda” in 1972. The R107 was produced in two variants, the SL and SLC, the SL being a two-seater convertible with a soft-top and removable hardtop.

As one of the second longest chassis series that Mercedes produced there are plenty of engine choices and variants to choose from. The 300SL, as featured here, replaced the 280SL in September 1985. In fact, the real benefit for the R107 was the comprehensive updates that were carried out and fitted to post 1985 cars to bring them up to the then modern standards. These included reworked suspension and anti-roll bars resulting in a more controlled ride; larger four-pot front brake calipers increased the cars braking ability. A limited differential was added and quite a few front-end parts were borrowed from the newly introduced W124 series. The front and rear bumpers were also updated along with a hefty amount of body sheet metal changes, then finished with the new door handles from the W126 series, plus a set of light alloy wheels similar to the W201 chassis.


Signal Red paintwork, Beige leather upholstery, 4-speed automatic transmission, 15-inch alloy wheels, Air conditioning, Folding soft-top in black, Removable hardtop in Signal Red, Removable wind deflector, Electric windows, Electric passenger door mirror, Blaupunkt Toronto 440 CD player with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Folding rear seats, Leather-trimmed steering wheel, Front fog lights, Fire extinguisher, Alloy spare wheel.


The Signal Red paint presents beautifully on this pampered low mileage example and it’s sure to please any Mercedes enthusiast or collector. The paintwork itself is hard to fault with a deep glossy shine all around and only a couple of tiny stone chips to the leading edge of the bonnet and front wings. All of the chrome is immaculate with no discolouration or unsightly marks, the rubber trims around the bumpers are also perfect as all the side trims and other rubber seals; being super critical the rubber seal at the top of the passenger A-pillar has started to perish. All the lights at the front of the car are crystal clear with no signs of moisture ingress or stone chips; the chrome front grille is also perfect as are the chrome window trims. The rear lights are immaculate and again the surrounding chrome is perfect. All in all, it’s everything you could wish for from low mileage 300SL in one of the best colour combinations.



The beautifully kept original condition continues inside with lovely beige leather seats (not MB Tex) showing only minimal wear consistent with the low mileage. A desirable option on this example is the factory-spec’d air conditioning. The dashboard and centre console are immaculate with no damage to the plastic or wood, the only noticeable imperfection being a tiny chip to the edge of the veneer where the electric door mirror button is located. The steering wheel and gear selector are perfect and still have a lovely texture to the leather, and the carpets are also pristine with no unsightly stains or wear marks. The boot area is immaculate too, with unmarked carpets covering the spare wheel and tools.


Often low mileage cars have had long periods without use but this example has been used sparingly throughout its life and always serviced with 28 entries in the book. She fires into life, idles smoothly, and out on the open road is a true joy to navigate. Opening the bonnet reveals a fantastically maintained engine compartment with perfect paint on the inner wings and front slam panel. All of the engine’s plastic covers and rubber components are pristine and the aluminium and metal components are without oxidisation.


Each of the alloy wheels are in lovely condition with only one small chip to the edge of the driver’s front. All of the matching tyres have over 6mm of tread remaining and out on the road test the SL’s brakes performed exactly as they should, pulling the car up smoothly in a straight line.

History File

This outstanding low mileage R107 comes with the most amazing history file. The original service book contains 28 entries, 24 of these being Mercedes main dealer and the last 4 being either the SL Shop or Hexagon. Incredibly every service invoice and MOT certificate has been kept in the file but the icing on the cake is the original bill of sale. The leather document folder is also present with all of the owner’s manuals and spare keys. The car has had a total of only 4 owners from new.

PDI – 1st March 1989
Registered – 3rd March 1989
632 miles – 18th April 1989
2,032 miles – 29th January 1990
4,222 miles – 23rd January 1991
7,075 miles – 21st January 1993
9,207 miles – 21st January 1994
11,505 miles – 19th January 1995
14,414 miles – 22nd July 1996
15,575 miles – 16th January 1998
16,250 miles – 13th January 1999
16,963 miles – 17th December 1999
17,702 miles – 1st December 2000
18,949 miles – 21st November 2002
19,644 miles – 6th November 2003
20,686 miles – 21st October 2004
21,300 miles – 26th October 2005
22,262 miles – 23rd October 2006
24,738 miles – 5th November 2007
26,130 miles – 4th September 2008
26,551 miles – 18th August 2009
27,795 miles – 19th August 2011
28,277 miles – 8th August 2013
28,549 miles – 19th August 2015
28,783 miles – 26th January 2017
29,005 miles – 17th April 2018
29,612 miles – 28th May 2019
29,662 miles – 5th October 2020

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