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An exquisite Mercedes-Benz 380SL with an amazing 15,860 miles from new.
Light-alloy bonnet, front spoiler, easy-closing doors, retractable soft top, impact zones, anti-burst locks, heat insulating panoramic safety glass, strengthened windscreen pillars, three speed wipers, individually adjusted temperature zones, headlamp adjustment, econometer, oil pressure gauge, fuel reserve light, four interior lamps, non-slip steering wheel, lockable glove compartment, fire extinguisher, vacuum central locking, electric windows lifters, parking lights, power assisted steering.  Factory fitted options include, rear child seats, Tempomat cruise control, headlamp wash/wipe, anti-lock braking system, alloy wheels, paint coat preservation.
This incredible classic Mercedes-Benz 380SL is beautifully finished in rare standard Black (code 040).  The original factory paintwork retains a lustrous deep mirror shine owing to the optional paint coat preservation applied at build stage.  A tiny stone chip to the nearside front wing and a mark to the bottom tip of the driver’s door are barely noticeable.  All panels are wonderfully straight with even gaps and uphold the truly graceful and chic lines of the iconic R107 design.  The chrome bumpers and adjoining rubber trim are in beautiful factory fresh condition, aside from a small area of damage to the rubber on the rear offside corner.  A small ding in the nearside door mirror can be seen upon close inspection.  The black hood, commensurate with the ultra-low mileage is clean, tight and totally free from rips or tears, as are the side and rear hood windows.  An immaculate colour coded hard top is supplied with the car.  The totally standard unmodified engine bay displays all the correct identification and information plates as well as factory applied stickers.  A fastidiously preserved and cherished showpiece.  
Large wide-opening doors give convenient access to a genuine four seat coupe with anatomically contoured front seats offering ultra comfort.  The spacious interior is tastefully upholstered in Mercedes grey leather and fabric arrangement (interior code 058) with matching colour scheme carpets.  The seats are in impeccable order in keeping with a vehicle of such low mileage.  The plastic piping to one side of the passenger seat headrest is mildly discoloured due to sun exposure.  The grey deep pile carpeting throughout is immaculate.   The wood veneer is beautifully preserved and all switchgear retains an unworn showroom fresh feel.  All the gauges, controls and electrics operate perfectly, including the optional Tempomat cruise control and headlamp wash/wipe system.   A relaxed, well equipped and ergonomically designed environment.
The eight cylinder engine in V8 configuration with Bosch mechanical fuel injection displaces 3,839cc, and its legendary durability epitomises the Mercedes-Benz renown for unrivalled build quality and engineering wonderment.  A top speed of 134mph is effortless and 0-60 in 9.8 seconds is achieved in the most civilised manner.  This gloriously smooth and powerful unit is mated to the optional four-speed torque convertor transmission which is seamless in operation.  An altogether impeccable driving experience.

Optional 15 hole light-alloy wheels are pristine, free from damage and are shod in matching 205/70 R14 tyres with masses of tread remaining.  Dual-circuit servo assisted brakes with discs to all four wheels and optional anti-lock braking assistance offer a further insight to how technologically advanced the R107 model was.  The front discs are internally ventilated and provide excellent stopping power.  The parking brake has separate drums and shoes to hold the car firmly. 
This beautiful example has covered an extraordinarily low 15,860 miles from new with just four keepers throughout its lifetime.  Registered new on 7th March 1983 by Mercedes Main Dealer Reliance Motors of Chingford to first owner Mr C Driver of London, a new car sales invoice in the history file confirms the purchase price of £23,288.96.  The invoice further details the factory options including anti-lock braking (£706.19), alloy wheels (£403.48), headlamp wash system (£158.07), rear child seat (£210.23) and Tempomat cruise control (152.63).  The original maintenance booklet hosts a number of main dealer and specialist service stamps documenting the mileage throughout, and almost every MOT certificate from new leaves in no doubt the genuine low mileage this special car has enjoyed.  The original A5 clear plastic wallet contains all handbooks, radio guides, point of sale literature, and even the dealer supplied small leather pouch housing the spare key!  A collection of Mercedes Main Dealer invoices and specialist receipts complete the history file.

This stunning vehicle will delight the collector and appeal to an enthusiast wanting an incredibly well preserved example of a truly legendary driving machine.

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