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1981 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL

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    Thu, Sep 21, 2023
    8:01 pm UTC
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  • LocationPin outlinePhoenix, Arizona

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Mileage127,385 Miles
Engine3.8-liter M116 V8



In 1971, the SL series from Mercedes-Benz entered its third generation with the release of the R107. This luxurious roadster featured a powerful V8 engine that provided a thrilling driving experience. Initially, it came with a 3.5-liter engine, but as regulations became stricter, it was updated with a lighter all-aluminum 3.8-liter V8 engine. The car's versatile design included a convertible soft top and a removable steel hardtop, making it suitable for use in any season. The timeless Teutonic design of these cars continues to be celebrated, making them a versatile classic in the Mercedes-Benz collection. With its sleek appearance and impressive performance, the R107 is a true masterpiece of automotive engineering that continues to captivate car enthusiasts to this day. 


  • Finished in Silver Blue Metallic over a Blue MB-Tex interior

  • Powered by an aluminum 3.8-liter M116 V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission

  • Selectable closed driving configurations with both a Dark Blue folding fabric soft top and the accompanying body-colored hardtop 

  • Outfitted with chrome “bundt” 14-inch 15-hole light alloy wheels

  • Upgraded Sony AM/FM/CD radio

  • Equipped with the rarely seen “kindersitze” rear seat option

  • The inaugural model year for the 380 SL

  • Please note that while the odometer shows just over 127,000 miles at the time of cataloging, the true mileage is unknown


The option code plate shows the car as being equipped from the factory with the following:

  • 440 - Cruise control

  • 467 - Central locking with instruments in English

  • 494 - California version

  • 531 - Automatic antenna

  • 587 - Automatic climate control with electric windows

  • 592 - Heat-insulating glass all-around, with band filler in the windshield and heated rear window

Additional features include:

  • Door-mounted map pockets

  • Locking glove box

  • Folding armrest 

  • Outside rearview mirror on the right

  • Cigar lighter

  • Power steering

  • Electric defrosting rear window in the hardtop

  • Fog lights 

Known Imperfections

  • Inoperative odometer

  • Minor dents in the left front fender

  • Slight tear in the soft top material

  • The driver’s sun visor clip is broken


  • Hardtop stand

Ownership History

The accompanying CARFAX Vehicle History Report shows the car was initially registered in Texas in 1982, with the car moving to New Mexico in 1991 when it was purchased by the father of the seller representing the car today.

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