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1981 Mercedes-Benz 500SL



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1981 Mercedes-Benz




Engine Size
5.0 Liter V8
4 Speed Automatic
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Here's a luxury European hot rod that doesn't become available very often. This 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500SL has everything you come to love from the R107 convertible, and it gets even better with the hot V8 of this Euro-spec model.

Yes, you read this right, it is the desirable 500SL! This model designation of the R107 Mercedes-Benzes was never officially sold over here, so it's a rare sight on our side of the Atlantic. It has the European bumpers that hug the front and rear of the car much better than the U.S.-spec models. But more than just a cool personal import, this car is desirable for its upgrades. For example, the Pearl White is a more recent application, so it has a bright personality. Plus, this looks great with either its matching soft top or nicely contrasting black folding roof.

For the same reason why the black soft top looks so sophisticated is why there is no better look than the black leather interior. It gives this droptop the appeal of a black and white tuxedo – exactly how you want a premium convertible to look. Beyond just the perfect color combo, this Mercedes is desirable because it has received the right kind of care. The seats are newer, the carpet feels fresh, and all of the important wood trim is complete and smooth. The 500SL was one of the highest status symbols in Europe, and so the features list is quite long. This includes modern conveniences such as power windows, power steering, cruise control, provisions for air conditioning, and an upgraded AM/FM/cassette stereo. But if you just really want to understand the level of care in this SL, just look behind the seats. This one still carries it's the first aid kit – a piece usually lost over the decades.

Under the hood is a numbers-matching 5.0-liter fuel-injected SOHC V8. Those who understand Mercedes SLs know how important this powerplant is. The 500SL was the quickest version of the R107 Mercedes offered around the world, and the USA never officially received them. With less regulation on the home market (the exhaust system looks more like a muscle car) the engineers at the German plants were free to make the lighter 500SL also more powerful than the U.S.-spec 560SLs. The result is this is not only a better sports car, but also you get extra nods of approval from true Mercedes aficionados. Beyond the hotter engine is the ideal Mercedes fully-independent chassis that feels sporting without ever getting harsh on the road. Add in four-wheel disc brakes, a four-speed automatic transmission w/overdrive, and comfy Michelin tires on newer 16-inch Mercedes alloys, and this is truly a luxury machine built for the grand tour.

The sale comes complete with maintenance records, full owner's manual packet, stand for the hardtop, and title docs. You're looking at a classic luxury droptop that has added speed and distinction. So this European star won't wait long at this value price. Call now!

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  • Four Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Numbers Matching
  • Rear Defogger
  • Cassette Player
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Defrost
  • Manual Convertible Top
  • Removable Hard Top
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heat
  • Leather Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fuel Injection
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Seatbelts
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  • Maintenance Records
  • Owner's Manual
  • Title Documentation
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Exterior Color
Pearl White
Interior Color
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Front Brakes
Power Disc
Rear Brakes
Power Disc
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