This 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL is finished in Classic White (737) over Brazil (133) MB-Tex interior and powered by a 4.5-liter V8 paired with a three-speed automatic. The car has been under current ownership for 11 years, driven with occasional consistency and stored in a climate-controlled garage when not in use. This R107 SL shows 137k miles and features a repaint in its original Classic White color. Features included electric front windows, automatic climate control, Tempomat Cruise Control, and a chocolate brown soft top. The brake pads and rotors along with new tires have been replaced under current ownership and the car underwent an oil/fluid service in preparation for sale. This roadster comes with a matching hardtop, hardtop stand, four keys, the factory tool kit, manufacturer's literature, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
The car is finished in its original color of Classic White (737) and has been repainted with a very high quality respray prior to the seller’s acquisition. Detailed photos of the paint condition are viewable in the gallery. There is no indication of other bodywork and the car has no history of accidents or other damage. Features include fog lights, chrome mirror caps, a painted removable hardtop, and a chocolate brown soft top. The soft top has remained unused under the seller's tenure and has a rip along the driver's side edge. Close-ups of the wheel arches, rocker panels and wheel wells are highlighted in the gallery below. The hardtop is pictured separately at the end of the gallery.
The car retains US-market lighting and bumpers, and is fitted with OEM chrome 14” bundt wheels and BF Goodyear radial tires measuring 225/60 all around.
The cabin is finished in Brazil (133) MB-Tex with matching carpets and trim. A set of 450SL branded mats are included with the sale. Zebrano trim on the dash, console, shifter, and door panels presents exquisitely with no cracks or delamination. This example features matching wood trim on the steering wheel as an aftermarket addition. Features included electric front windows, automatic climate control, and Tempomat Cruise Control. An upgraded Mercedes-Benz OEM head unit from a later model replaces the original Becker Europa in the dash and aftermarket speakers are viewable in the rear cabin storage area. The seller states the blower motor only operates with the defroster on and only blows cold.
The four-spoke steering wheel frames VDO instrumentation including a 160-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer, and an analog clock. Additional auxilary guages include fuel level, oil pressure, and coolant temperature. The six-digit analog odometer now shows 137k miles.
The fuel-injected 4.5L SOHC V8 originally made 180 horsepower for the US market. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission. Additional underside photos can be seen in the gallery along with those showing hardtop removal tools and an OEM tool roll.
The car is currently located in Costa Mesa, CA and offered with a matching hardtop, hardtop stand, four keys, factory tool kit, manufacturer's literature, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
A walk around video of the car including exterior, interior, engine bay, and underbody has been added below.
The MB Market Insights
The R107 is one of Mercedes’ best known and longest living chassis designs. Introduced for the 1972 model year, the R107 was in continuous production for 17 years until 1989 when the last 560sl was produced. While the R107 underwent several powertrain changes and minor cosmetic updates, the platform remained largely unchanged throughout the run making it one of the most iconic MBs of all time. These long nose roadsters elicit immediate nostalgic reactions and offer tremendous driving enjoyment for a very reasonable price. While prices for low-mile 560sl examples have skyrocketed in recent years, the 380SL & 450SL variants have remained comparatively affordable while offering virtually all of the ownership enjoyment of their larger displacement brethren. This specific example benefits from a long-term ownership history by a fellow enthusiast. Notably, the condition of this 450SL is nearly investment-grade. While the car has 137k miles, condition would make you think it was sub 40k. The interior surfaces and wood are free from the typical wear and tear these cars often acquire with time and the exterior is equally as impressive with no blemishes. If you’re looking for a collector MB in collector-grade condition that you can actually enjoy, this surely is the ticket.