Mercedes 380 SL
The Mercedes-Benz R107 baureihe is a roadster produced between 1971 and 1989, making it, next to the G-class, the model that has been in production for the longest time.
The R107 was the successor of the Pagoda, the W113 from the 60s.
There was also a coupé version available, the C107 (SLC).
In June 1968, the gentlemen of Mercedes-Benz decided to take the R107 into production. This after a lot of discussion about whether there should be a hardtop or a version with a fabric roof. The reason for the discussion was the expected higher safety requirements for issuing a license for open cars. The Board of Directors chose from three designs. Ultimately, it was decided to use a fabric roof with an additional removable hardtop. The 107 was the first to receive a series designation (factory designation) with an ‘R’ (for ‘Roadster’) instead of the usual ‘W’ (for ‘Wagen’).
The history of the coupe is closely linked to that of the roadster. However, nothing was decided on a coupé in June 1968. The question was whether a 4-seater sports coupé should be built on the basis of the R107 series soon, or if we should wait to build it based on the upcoming S-Class. (W 116). That would mean that a production model would not come until much later, in the mid-1970s.
Karl Wilfert, then director of Body Design in Sindelfingen, had on his own initiative a coupé based on the R107 and presented that ‘rough sketch’ to the top people. This sketch was initially rejected, but Wilfert made some adjustments and still managed to continue his idea of a sports coupé. Just six months after the SL premiere, a four-seater sports coupé, the 350 SLC, followed in October 1971.
At the time, Mercedes-Benz had a model cycle that was between 7 and 9 years. This went wrong in the succession of the R107 because ‘der Vorstand’ (board of directors) rejected the successor (the first version of the R129) and the team was instructed to start from scratch.
In 1981 the C107 was replaced, but the R107 remained in production until 1989.
The R107 was succeeded by the R129 in 1989.
A total of 237,287 SLs were produced, of which more than half were exported to America. This car was one of them and has lived in America for most of its life. To which he arrived in the Netherlands in 2018
This beautifully restored Mercedes 380 SL comes from Hollywood, this car was driven there by a broker who was literally allowed to sell the American dream. This car stayed there until 2018 and comes directly from the first owner. The current owner then bought the car and the car was completely rebuilt and restored here in the Netherlands.
Although the car was still in very good condition, the current owner wanted it as new. For example, the engine has been overhauled and the car has been completely taken apart and all parts have been removed, the bodywork has been re-treated, which is therefore rock hard and contains no traces of rust. The car was only driven in the Netherlands in good weather and was used for fun rides and fun trips. The car really looks like new and has no traces of rust, the engine runs well and everything works properly.
Included in the sale
The car comes with the full photo report of the new body of the car.
There are also many invoices present with the car, including the full invoice for the complete overhaul.
There are also various videos available that demonstrate the revision and include them in the revision from start to finish.
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