Euro Style: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

The Mercedes-Benz R107 series roadster/coupes were sold from 1971 through 1989. This remarkably long production life is credited to the graceful design and mechanical robustness that gave the cars of a great reputation and kept buyers returning to the showroom each year without the need for drastic changes. The market for these cars is good right now for buyers and should start to pick up right around the time we are all walking to work as we wait for an over-the-air software update to our electric hovering google tubes and you can only get a thimble full of gasoline after you prove you’ve had your 5th covid booster for the week. The future is gonna be awesome. Find this 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SL offered for $9995 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1980 Mercedes Benz 280SL
fuel: gas
odometer: 248480
title status: clean
transmission: manual

Available for sale is a 1980 European 280SL, with a 4 speed manual transmission. This car was imported by the original owner in the 80s, and has since been in the same family. This roadster has enjoyed its life in California, has no rust, and has been enjoyed for over 248k miles. This import has the attractive front and rear slimmer bumpers, but is equipped with a MPH speedometer, and US headlights. It retains some quirky european options like plaid door panel inserts and manual winding windows! The car is very original, and presented in an honest condition for having been enjoyed for almost 250k miles. It has a clean title, and currently registered. It has received regular maintenance that has allowed it to survive to 248k miles and be currently reliable for daily use. The paint appears to be factory original, called China blue, with an all original grey interior. Everything works as it should including exterior lights, interior lights, horn, windows, stereo, convertible top, clock, windshield wipers, fuel gauge, temp and oil pressure gauge, tachometer, and there are no dash indicator lights on. The air blower will need attention, and the odometer has recently stopped (needs gears replaced). The hard top is in great shape, the convertible top is also in good condition, but the vinyl window will need to replaced to be visible.

Mechanically the car is in great shape given its age and miles. A testament to German engineering. Starts right up every time, keeps up in city traffic, no overheating, and feels stable on the highway doing 70mph. Has done a few long trips along the Pacific Coast. The disc brakes are excellent, possibly due to the fact the car is lighter then the other v8 models. Between the DOHC 6 cylinder, and a 4 speed manual, it is a unique experience for an 80s Mercedes SL in the States. The car is light, nimble, feels pleasurable shifting gears and going through the tachometer range in the city. The Mercedes could use some sorting to drive even better. The suspension struts feel worn, and sink in corners. The transmission clutch is good, but if you rush to shift through 2nd and 3rd gear it will grind. Few drives and you will get a hang of the timing, it won’t grind every time. The engine has some wet seals, but not enough to leave oil on your driveway. The tires have plenty of tread, and the original spare tire is in the trunk. All the glass is in excellent condition. The car will come with multiple keys and user manual. This unique import is a rarity in the states, and will be a pleasurable experience for any enthusiast!

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