In 1971, Mercedes introduced the successor to the legendary Pagoda, the sporty hardtop-roadster of the Mercedes W113 series. Almost 50 thousand units of the Pagoda had been sold, so the model series was continued for a reason.
The new open model that started production in April 1971 was named SL. The four-seater coupé replacing the W111 model with a hard roof that followed in October was based directly on the open version. Compared to the convertible, the wheelbase was up to 36 centimeters longer and the coupé was named SLC. In the case of the Pagoda, SL or super leicht had referred to a light sports car, but the new generation was developed in parallel with the new S-series and, despite its sleek design, was especially intended for pleasant highway speeds rather than only sporty driving.
The chassis structure of the new sports models was borrowed from the W114 series middle-class sedan, to which the M116 and M117 series V8 engines were adapted. Three-speed and, later in the 1980s, four-speed automatic transmissions were offered as options. Some models were also available with a 4- and later 5-speed manual transmission.
The W107 generation models became a success and sold well, especially in the United States. With the exception of the Mercedes G-series, the 107 generation became the generation that was continuously in production for the longest time, the convertible model was made from the beginning of the 1970s until the end of the 1980s. Production of the Coupe model ended much earlier, in 1981.
This car in question is a May 1982 first registered Mercedes SL 380 V8 with automatic transmission. The car was sold as new from Auto Stiegler LTD in California. The car was imported and registered in Finland in 2010 and was with the same owner in Lahti until May 2022.
The blue soft top roof has been renewed and is clean and intact. The car’s blue leather upholstery is also in really neat condition and the wood trim is intact. The car is still in a tidy and impressive condition, despite minor patina in the paint. It has been taken good care of and enjoyed regularly in the summer times.
The Mercedes was serviced in the summer of 2023, when the car’s engine oil and filter were changed. The fuel injection system was also serviced and adjusted.
The car is registered as a historic vehicle and the Mot/Tüv inspection is valid until September 2026.
The car is located in Salo, Finland – 1 hour from Helsinki–Vantaa Airport. Views by appointment.