1985 Mercedes Benz 380 SL
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    1985 Mercedes Benz 380 SL

    WAUKEE, IOWA

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    Asking Price

    $20,000

    General

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    Up for sale is this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL, finished in Ivory with the Brazil Brown interior, This is a clean example of the legendary and enduring Mercedes Sport-Leicht sports cars. With just over 38,050 miles, this is an extremely low mileage example and all-original. This generation of SL, known by the chassis code R107, ran from 1971 to 1989, and came with a removavble hardtop along with the fabric convertible top. This SL was purchased and driven in Iowa and used only in the summer, as a weekend cruiser. Purchased by the current owner in 2015 with only 36k on the clock, it has only accumulated a little over 2,000 miles since then. This 380Sl comes complete with all original stickers and documentation, and comes with a clear Iowa title.

    1985 Mercedes Benz 380 SL

    Exterior

    The Ivory paint is in excellent condition, reflective of the relatively low mileage and storage during long Iowa winters. This SL is completely stock, and has the Bundt 14” alloy wheels that were standard by 1980. The factory hardtop is finished in Ivory, while the fabric convertible top is a replacement in brown, and is in excellent condition with clear plastic back windows, completely free of haze. This era of SL has the 5mph impact bumpers that were made for US specification SL’s, meant to withstand 5mph impacts with no damage.

    1985 Mercedes Benz 380 SL

    Interior

    The interior was reupholstered by the current owner in 2019, using MB-Tex in the original factory Brazilian Brown color. The dashboard is straight and clean, with one minor crack just ahead of the instrument binnacle in the small space leading up to the windshield, and all the gauges work properly. SL’s of this year featured burl walnut interior trim, and this SL has none of the color fade or cracks that you tend to see in Mercedes from this era. US specification SL’s had automatic climate controls, and this example is in working order. The current seller notes the air conditioning functions properly and blows cold. The stereo is the original factory issue Becker Grand Prix, which was inoperable when the second owner purchased it, but was fixed by replacing the fuse.. All interior trim and carpets are in excellent condition, and show no sun fade or color washout.

    1985 Mercedes Benz 380 SL

    Mechanical

    The early 80’s 380 SL came with the 3.8 liter Mercedes V8, with 155HP. After many years using a three speed automatic, the 380SL came with the four speed automatic, and in this example, shifts smoothly with no delays. This generation SL has a manual folding top, in very good condition, and an optional aftermarket wind deflector for when the top is down. The tonneu cover for the fabric top does securely latch in place, though in pictures it isn’t engaged, and everything is in proper working condition with the top itself. The car received a full checkup last week along with an oil change, and given a clean bill of health. A new Interstate battery was installed last year, and the SL starts the first try every time with no issues. The engine does make a small noise at times, but the engine has been checked by a certified Mercedes mechanic verifying the noise is normal. Compression tests were done and the engine performed as expected with no issues.

    1985 Mercedes Benz 380 SL

    Extra

    380SL’s were a popular model for Mercedes, and generated relatively high sales. As they hit the bottom of their value, many wound up with high mileage and suffered from deferred maintenance, but that is clearly not the case with this one. With low mileage and remarkably little evidence of wear, this SL is an excellent buy for someone looking for a classic cruiser in little need of freshening up. 1985 Mercedes Benz 380 SL

    Listing Info

    Seller

    ascaglione

    Body Style

    Convertible

    Make

    Mercedes-Benz

    Model

    380 SL

    Year

    1985

    Mileage

    38,050

    Interior Color

    Black

    Exterior Color

    Ivory

    Engine

    3.8L V8

    Drivetrain

    RWD

    VIN

    WDBBA45C5FA020777

    Owners

    2

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