1985 Mercedes Benz 500 SL


Vintage Car of the Month

Posted On October 1, 2015

Owned by Roland from Newmarket, ON

Very Rare 1985 Mercedes Benz 500 SL

If you wanted to buy a new Benz roadster in the 1980’s you had one choice; a 380 SL.  However; if you lived in Germany you could buy a 500 SL, which was much faster with dramatically greater horse power V-8 in the very same body and interior.

Very few of the 500s were built each year from 1982 to 1986. After looking for years for a good one, I found this midnight black beauty with only 68K miles in Dallas Texas in 2008.  It reached the USA the only way possible at the time= “US military possession”.  Because of the typical low production relation to collector car value, this 107 is valued at four times of a 380 or 560 of the same series.

While my roadster looks just like the many thousands of classic ’81-89 “107” Mercedes movie and TV favorites,  it’s the engine that makes the difference as only 2,500 were built with the 5 Lt V-8 in 1985.  In American muscle car terms this is a 427/435 triple carb. Vette, compared to the much slower and less desirable 350 V-8.


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