1987 MERCEDES-BENZ (R107) 500 SL


  • Sensitively restored in 2019, this is a well-maintained example of an early facelift R107, boasting a detachable hard top and extensive history.
  • Under the bonnet is the 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, sending 237bhp to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission.
  • This stylish classic cruiser is offered in a highly original condition, and in a timeless colour choice.


  • Riding on its original recently restored 15-inch alloy wheels shod with a new set of Avon ZV7 tyres, the car is finished in glossy Arctic White over a handsome Royal Blue leather interior, complete with smart walnut veneer accents on the centre console and dashboard.
  • Included in the factory specification is a limited-slip differential, cruise control, heated outside rear view mirrors, and headlamp wiper units.
  • The car is fitted with a Cobra alarm system with remote locking, and an Alpine stereo system with electric aerial.
  • This R107 is accompanied by a raft of paperwork documenting the car’s history and impressive service history, CD detailing the car’s restoration in 2019, spare wheel, and detachable hard top and stand.


  • There is no known bodywork damage, having been carefully restored in 2019.
  • The resprayed Arctic White paintwork is in excellent condition and exhibits a high shine. Only a few blemishes are apparent, including some micro-blistering on the boot lid, a slight scuff on the nearside rear bumper rubber, and a few very small stone chips around the vehicle commensurate with its age and mileage, visible only upon close inspection.
  • The recently replaced soft top is in excellent condition, showing no significant signs of wear. The colour-coordinated detachable hard top also presents very well.
  • Moving inside, the original Royal Blue cabin presents very well for its age, save for a couple of small cracks in the dashboard, and some general wear on the leather seats.
  • There are no known electrical faults.
  • The most recent MOT test was in August 2021 at 118,726 miles, resulting in a first-time pass. Advisories included a worn front lower suspension arm ball joint dust cover, corrosion on the offside front inner wing area, slight play in the steering wheel, a minor leak of exhaust gases in the nearside front exhaust, and an imbalance issue with the front brakes.


  • Mercedes-Benz specialist Waterhouse performed a full service in September 2021 at 119,233 miles, including engine oil and fuel filter, and new wiper rubbers.
  • Mercedes-Benz specialist T W Neal Motors performed a full service in July 2020 at 117,880 miles, changing the engine oil and filter.  
  • T W Neal Motors also performed a full service in December 2018 at 115,246 miles, when the engine oil and filter, ball joint, brake fluid and rear shock absorbers were replaced. Prior to this, they performed a pre-MOT check and changed the engine oil and filter in December 2017 at 112,937 miles.
  • The owner states that prior to his ownership, the car underwent a restoration in January 2019 by Mercedes-Benz specialist The SL Shop, and a new soft top was fitted by Aldridge Trimmings Ltd in December 2019.
  • Maintenance work on the suspension was carried out approximately 18 months ago.

Dates and mileage:

  • Sep 2021 – 119,233 miles
  • Jul 2020 - 117,880 miles
  • Dec 2018 - 115,246 miles
  • Dec 2017 - 112,937 miles
  • Jan 2017 - 109,595 miles
  • Nov 2015 - 103,871 miles
  • Oct 2014 - 97,016 miles
  • Unknown - 90,471 miles
  • Nov 2012 - 82,009 miles
  • Oct 2006 - 74,997 miles
  • Aug 2002 - 50,331 miles
  • Mar 2001 - 46,017 miles
  • Aug 1999 - 42,339 miles
  • Jun 1997 - 37,153 miles
  • Apr 1996 - 34,001 miles
  • Jun 1994 - 29,684 miles
  • Mar 1993 - 23,116 miles
  • May 1992 - 20,502 miles
  • Apr 1991 - 16,251 miles
  • Sep 1989 - 10,871 miles
  • Aug 1988 - 15,009 miles
  • Nov 1987 - 5,325 miles
  • Nov 1986 – 81 miles


This is a smart example of the sought-after 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL, boasting extensive history, and having been sympathetically restored in 2019. While the most recent MOT test indicates a few minor items needing attention, this is a powerful and stylish cruiser that should make an excellent weekend classic.

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Car Overview

  • 119,132 miles
  • automatic
  • RHD
  • Arctic White
  • Royal Blue
  • 5.0L
  • VINWDB1070462A055192

Lot Overview

  • Lot #06108
  • private Sale
  • Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom


  • MattCollett

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