Exceptional 1985 (12/84) Euro Spec Mercedes-Benz 280SL 2-Top Roadster {69 PIX}

1985 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: SL-Class
Trim: 280SL 2-Top Roadster
Year: 1985
Mileage: 88,999
VIN: 00000000000000000
Drive type: Rear Wheel Drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Ventura, California, United States
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A 1985 Euro Mercedes 280SL Roadster. now for auction on eBay! Fully Loaded Euro Spec: 1985 Mercedes 280SL DOHC Roadster! Few cars have as stellar a reputation as Mercedes' Sport Leicht Roadsters. Beginning with the open-topped 300SL built between 1957 and 1963. now commonly selling for over a Million Dollars. to its smaller sibling. the 190SL. mostly in 6-figure territory. to the equally expensive 230SL. 250SL. and 280SL Pagoda models of the 1960s. they all have become collectibles of the highest order. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) The Mercedes Benz R107 SL. manufactured between 1971 and 1989. has gained cult car status on its own. with values for prime examples rising sharply in recent years. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) Never offered stateside -- regrettably so -- was the true successor to the 280SL Pagoda. the 280SL in R107 guise. manufactured between 1974 and 1985. Equipped with a six cylinder DOHC powerplant it was a real screamer. a great deal more powerful than the U. S. 380SL. lighter. more agile. and. as an added bonus. thriftier as well. Click on any of the above images for a full-size view The super fine 1985 Mercedes 280SL featured here. VIN *WDB1070421A019217*. manufactured in December of 1984. could now be shipped back to Europe benefitting from the much lower 6-7% import duty reserved for unmodified cars that are at least 30 years old. The Mercedes was originally ordered and imported to the United States by the CEO of the Western Energy Foundation. and has been in the United States ever since. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) The heart of the star cruiser. the M110 2. 8-liter straight-six engine. is the first Mercedes production engine featuring Double Overhead Camshafts (DOHC). Since the days of Jaguar's famous. Walter Hassan-designed XK 120 engine of the late 1940s. DOHC setups provide a proven recipe for an agile. responsive. and willingly revving powerplant. Note that all factory stickers are still intact and perfectly preserved. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) This Motor is clean as a whistle. starts on the button. and runs with the determination of a Singer sewing machine. There are no untoward noises. no fluid leaks. no issues of any kind to report. Deep down under. everything is pico bello. There is not a hint of corrosion anywhere. all factory finishes appear intact. "as delivered" and include traces of the factory Cosmoline wax preservation that has turned from its originally transparent to a light caramel color. Amazing! Click on the image to the left for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) Click on any of the above images for a full-size view Above photos showing the 280SL's underbelly in more detail. Make sure you expand them to their full size by clicking on them. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) One of the outstanding qualities of a Mercedes SL: it's actually three cars in one. The steel hardtop firmly attached. it's an all-weather coupe With the soft top up. it is an elegant convertible Stow the top beneath the alloy cover. and the car transforms into a sleek roadster! Click on any of the above images for a full-size view Both hard and soft tops are in immaculate condition. inside and out. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) Delivered in the wonderfully attractive "Champagne" color (factory code 473). the car has been repainted once. to such a high standard that we'd call it factory quality. Aside from a slight scratch atop the right front fender. there's not a single flaw to report. Wheels are the correct. date-coded Bundt alloys. wearing 205/70-HR 14 high speed radials on all four corners. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) Moving on to the car's inside. we marvel at the immaculately preserved cockpit. Here's where it could get costly if you'd attempt to restore a lesser car to "brand new" appearance. This gorgeous SL's interior still looks new! Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) Rarer than hens' teeth on a Euro SL: the optional -- and quite expensive -- full leather interior. The comfy bucket seats remain in splendid original condition. the hides having aged very gently to a point where you recognize them as genuine leather. not the common MB-Tex vinyl. Aside from some lacquer cracking in the burlwood console's top coat. the entire interior is just breathtakingly preserved. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) This photo looks like it might be lifted from a factory brochure. circa 1984 - rest assured. it is a pic of the actual car for sale. taken in 2014! Check out the beautiful original carpeting and intact sun visors. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) Exceedingly rare in Europe. not even on the dealer option list in the U. S. : the factory Kindersitz -- including seat belts -- here also covered in fine leather! Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) All the lights work as they should. And. don't you like the slim Euro bumpers way better than the huge. DOT-mandated U. S. market ones? Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) Cavernous trunk displays the same fine velour carpeting as the interior floors. Aside from some stains on the battery door. it's beautifully preserved. Click on any of the above images for a full-size view The original and unused spare is still covered in white talcum powder; trunk floor is all original and 100% corrosion free; it still features its dark gray factory finish throughout. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) Friday. December 26. turned out to be another lovely winter day in our olde Mission town San Buenaventura. and we were excited about exercising the 280SL. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) Nothing beats chauffeuring a well-kept. original classic car. and the Champagne SL didn't disappoint. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) This Benz starts. runs. drives. shifts. handles. and brakes very nicely. with no untoward noises emanating from its drivetrain. communicating an air of utter confidence! Especially with the top down. one enters a spiritually uplifting zone of wellness driving this Roadster. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) Returning home. we are very impressed. indeed. The inherent qualities of a Mercedes Benz Roadster are based on a long tradition of hand-built automobiles. You are looking at a car that has barely aged during its first 30 years of use. Factory fit and finish of every part is just about perfect. Click on the above image for an XXL-sized view (a separate browser window will open) R107 SLs are wonderful automobiles. They are as safe as a bank vault and provide trouble-free motoring for the long term. Especially the 280SLs have now rightfully taken the place of their coveted predecessors. the in terms of affordale collectibility almost unobtainable Pagoda 280 SLs. As so many things in life. it simply comes down to numbers. Representing a small slice of approximately 10% of all R107s built. a 280SL will not be easy to find. Should a prime example -- such as this one -- appear on the market. you would be well advised to consider adding it to your stable. It's a rare. fast. and beautiful Roadster -- with virtually unlimited appreciation potential! You are most welcome and encouraged to view this fine automobile in Ventura. by appointment. during the auction. or have someone inspect it for you. Please. perform your due diligence before you bid. Please. note that this car is currently advertised on our Web site and on display in our Showroom. We reserve the right to accept a satisfactory offer and close this auction at any time. Feel free to contact us via e-mail at bill@californiaclassix. com or call us at (805) 653-5551. TERMS OF THIS SALE By bidding in this auction. you declare that you have read and accept the Terms of this Sale as outlined below. If you have any questions. please ask them before you bid. After the auction has ended. the sale is final. Please. only bid on this car if you are serious about owning it and have the necessary funds readily available! We require a $1. 00 deposit to be paid via PayPal within 24 hours of the end of the auction and the balance to be paid via bank wire transfer (or in cash) within 5 business days. unless other arrangements have been agreed upon during the auction. The car comes with a clear California Certificate of Title. It is smog exempt and sold "as is. where is" with no warranty stated or implied. Mileage stated above is the current odometer reading. License plates shown for photographic purposes only. You fully understand that you are not bidding on an "option to buy" this vehicle. You bid to own! There are no contingencies. We ship worldwide. For more information about Californiaclassix. please click on the link below: About Auction Presentation. 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