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Soft- and hardtops, immaculate example
The 107 series ran for 18 years, becoming Mercedes-Benz’ longest-running series. Production started with the 350SL in April 1971, running through a dozen variants and ending in 1989. In 1985 Daimler-Benz introduced 3 new engines including the 420SL which replaced the 380SL. Both were 90 degree V8s, but the new version replaced the mechanical fuel injection with the Bosch KE Jetronic system, bringing in a more modern engine management system. This produces 215 bhp at 5,250 rpm, but the big improvement over the outgoing 380 engine was in torque – up 68 lb-ft to 289 at a handy 3750 rpm. A 4-speed automatic gearbox drives the rear wheels. A top speed of 130 mph and 18.2 mpg suggest this is the most flexible engine in the whole 107 range.
This particular car has been lightly used – the 2002 MOT certificate indicates 55157 miles, giving around 1000 miles per annum since – but well-maintained. The blue metallic paintwork is in tip- top condition, with no signs of corrosion; the champagne interior is equally good, with little wear and no damage or marking. A very clean engine bay, unmarked alloys and both tops in perfect condition reflect a cherished car which has had 7 owners, the current one having purchased the car in July 2008.
The car has recently been serviced at Thornley Kelham, and a new MOT will be supplied to the lucky new owner.