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Lot 426: Mercedes-Benz 350SL Convertible

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Although larger than their predecessors, the 350SL convertible and 350SLC coup� retained the overall look of the long-running 230/250/280SL family and were the first of the Mercedes-Benz sports car line to use a V8 engine, the latter's 200bhp more than offsetting the increase in bulk. All-independent suspension similar to that of the 'New Generation' 200/250 models ensured superb ride and handling while four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated at the front) helped restrain the 130mph-plus performance. There was a choice of either four-speed manual or similar automatic transmission. The 350SLC coupe was 14" longer in the wheelbase than the convertible 350SL, the extra length affording room for two rear seats, and could be distinguished by its louvred rear side window, absent from the SL. Luxuriously equipped in the finest Mercedes-Benz tradition, the 350SL and 350SLC were more sports-tourers than outright sports cars, a fact that did nothing whatsoever to harm sales that totalled in excess of 29,000 units between 1971 and 1980. This automatic transmission 350SL convertible has had only four owners and comes with full Mercedes-Benz service history from new and all MoT certificates verifying the recorded mileage total of 76,574. Finished in gold with black interior, the car is described as in generally good condition and offered with aforementioned service history, sundry bills, old-style logbook, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document. A well documented example of an increasingly collectible soft-top Mercedes-Benz.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number426
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5750
Year1976
Condition rating2
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number10704322012541
Engine number11698422000486
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors