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1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SL RHD - £14,995

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Here we have the perfect starter classic, it is a 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SL finished in Smoke SIlver with Black Leather. It is the penultimate year they made them, on an F Reg, in the best colour scheme and with Hardtop (Needing Restoration), this is the ultimate spec, and showing 108k Miles from new, it has been used and looked after but comes at an affordable price. The car had a minor accident in 2013 but due to the low value of the car and cost of the repair panels, the car was listed as a Category D on the HPI Check, a copy of which is included. This can be inspected and changed to Condition Inspected if you desire.

Mercedes-Benz revived one of its most famous model designations of all time when it introduced the new 300 SL in 1985. However, on this occasions the newcomer was not a thinly disguised sports racer but the latest in a noble line of six-cylinder luxury Gran Turismos stretching back to the 230 SL of 1963. When the original Type 113 bodyshell finally bowed out on the 280 SL in 1971, it was replaced by the V8-engined Type 107, and there would not be a six-cylinder model in the range for a further nine years, an omission rectified in 1980 with the launch of the new 280 SL. The latter used the same twin-overhead-camshaft unit as the other '280' models, and with 185bhp on tap was good for a top speed of 127mph.

When the 300 SL took over in 1985 it came with a single-cam engine that produced a mere 3 horsepower more at the top end, the main gains over the superseded smaller motor being a useful increase in torque and a marked reduction in fuel consumption.

This car drives really well, comes with a full MOT with no advisories and has a partial service history. The last service was 2016 and cost £1500, it was a full checkover. All in all, this is the most desirable version of one the most iconic cars of all time, with a normal mileage but at an unrepeatble price. Cheap driving this summer and I will not be able to find another at this price!

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