ONLY 91K ORIGINAL MILES, AWESOME COLOR COMBO, INTERIOR IN GREAT SHAPE, BOTH TOPS
Streetside Classics probably sells more R107 Mercedes-Benz SLs than anyone else, and we've developed a pretty good eye for these cars. This 1984 380SL is a great balance of performance, style, price, and preservation, and for open-air motoring, the SL is still pretty tough to beat.
In the mid-80s, wild colors were in fashion, but every-conservative Mercedes-Benz always got it right. In this car's case, it's beautiful navy blue bodywork with tan hides inside, a combination that has looked great for decades, if not centuries. The dark blue finish gives the SL a big car look despite its rather diminutive size, and in a Mercedes, elegance is never an option but mandatory. The dark color also emphasizes how straight and clean this one is, thanks to a lifetime in a warm climate and only 91,678 original miles (that's not many at all on a 30-year-old Mercedes-Benz). A gold pinstripe offers a bit of contrast and the darker colors like this do a much better job of disguising the heavy federally-mandated bumpers, so it looks sleek and trim compared to many of its siblings. There's plenty of shine, but a dedicated hobbyist could really take it up a notch with a professional buff so that the car can really live up to the legacy of the three-pointed star on its nose.
Most R107 SLs received MB-Tex vinyl, but this lovely roadster wears genuine leather, which makes a big difference in the way it feels. The design is familiar, of course, but that's part of the SL's appeal, and with everything so sensibly arranged and logical, is there really any other way to do it? The upholstery's condition is excellent all around, particularly for an open car, and the contrasting black dash is not only attractive but practical as it reduces reflections in the windshield. Big, easy-to-read gauges were a Mercedes-Benz hallmark for decades and the giant steering wheel makes this car feel substantial when you're at the helm. Features like automatic climate control, power windows, and cruise control mean it's one of the most user-friendly 2-seaters you can own and the lovely carpeted package shelf behind the seats offers good storage space when you're in a hurry. A blue canvas convertible top stows neatly under the hard boot in back and looks almost new and like all SLs, it includes a removable hardtop.
In 1980, the SL switched to a 3.8 liter V8, which still delivers the kind of effortless performance for which these cars are famous. They're also quite reliable and easy to maintain, so don't be afraid of owning this one. It starts easily with a familiar V8 thrum from the exhaust and the bubbly idle and smooth torque make it feel beautifully polished from behind the wheel. The engine bay is very nicely maintained, super clean, and full of correct parts, so no worries about deferred maintenance here, and the 3-speed automatic transmission has a knack for always being in the right gear. The all-independent suspension is supple yet athletic, and while this is no sports car, it doesn't mind hustling a bit on your favorite roads. 4-wheel discs live behind those familiar Mercedes-Benz "pie crust" wheels and carry right-sized 205/70/14 blackwall radials.
Complete with original books and manuals, this is a clean, tidy SL in great colors that we can heartily recommend for summertime fun. Just don't tell your friends and neighbors just how affordable it really is! Call now!
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 3.8L V8
- Transmission Type
- 4 Speed Automatic
- Body Color
- 91,678 (Actual)
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console