1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL – RNM

November 8, 2023 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this vehicle to our “Buy Now Make Offer” page.  Click the blue button above or below to navigate to this ride’s bid page, where you can either select the green “Buy Now” button or place a realistic counteroffer in the “Bid” box.

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November 8, 2023 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price. We thank the seller for the opportunity to list their classic ride on GuysWithRides.com.

GuysWithRides.com is pleased to offer Lot 283, a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL, in an online auction on behalf of the current caretaker.

This R107 380SL is offered in an online reserve price auction.

Bidding opened Wednesday, October 25, 2023, and closes at 4:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

This 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL currently resides in the greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

Our very own Rudy photographed, videotaped, and test-drove this Anthracite 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL, and here are his impressions of the car:

“This Anthracite over Palomino 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL proved a nice driving example that gives off a well-maintained but properly used vibe.  Far from being a show car example, the interior presents nicely, while the exterior metallic paint presents well with the blemishes noted in the pictures.

The car ran and drove well during my test drive.  All the power options (windows and radio antenna) worked as designed. While the car tracked straight with no pulling, I noticed the steering wheel is not aligned relative to the car’s wheel position.  The canvas top appears to be in like new condition, including the plastic rear windows. I did not hear any noises from the car during my short drive, and the brakes tracked straight when applied.

Overall, this is a nice driver-quality Mercedes-Benz 380SL that will make for a budget-friendly classic convertible if you prefer a more luxurious top-down drive.

The Deets

Year 1983
Make Mercedes-Benz
Model 380SL
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mileage 165,3XX
Exterior Color Anthracite Gray
Interior Color Palomino Leather
Engine M116 155hp 3.8L V8
Transmission 4-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Gas

High Bid: $5,100 (Reserve Not Met)

Gray 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL For Sale

The 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL, a part of the iconic R107 series, remains an enduring symbol of automotive luxury, combining German engineering excellence with timeless design. Introduced in 1971 as the replacement for the W113 Pagoda, the R107 series quickly garnered a reputation for unparalleled quality and sophistication. By the time the 380SL rolled off the assembly line in 1983, it had established itself as a beloved classic.

Under the hood, the 1983 380SL features a 3.8-liter V8 engine that delivers 155 horsepower and 196 lb-ft of torque. While these figures might not sound impressive by today’s standards, it’s important to remember that the 380SL was never intended to be a sports car; rather, it’s a grand tourer designed for relaxed cruising and highway journeys. Its engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission that contributes to a silky-smooth driving experience. This powertrain combination provides adequate performance and a refined driving sensation that enthusiasts continue to appreciate.

One of the most distinctive aspects of the 380SL is its striking exterior design. The 1983 model, like its predecessors, showcases the classic roadster style with its long, graceful hood, prominent chrome grille, and distinctive three-pointed star emblem. The retractable soft top, made from high-quality materials, not only offers weather protection but also enhances the car’s aesthetic appeal. The 380SL also came equipped with a removable hardtop, allowing drivers to switch between an open-air experience and a more insulated cabin.

Inside, the 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL exemplifies the brand’s dedication to luxury and comfort. The cabin is appointed with high-quality materials, including sumptuous leather upholstery and fine wood trim. The seats offer excellent support and comfort, making long drives a pleasure. The dashboard is well laid out and filled with easy-to-read analog gauges, while the center console houses the climate control and audio systems. The Becker Grand Prix radio, a period-correct feature, adds a touch of nostalgia to the driving experience.

For its time, the 380SL was well-equipped with a range of modern features, including power windows, power mirrors, and a power antenna. Air conditioning came standard, enhancing the car’s usability in different weather conditions. Although it may lack some of the contemporary infotainment technology found in today’s vehicles, the 380SL’s driving experience is so captivating that it doesn’t leave drivers yearning for such distractions.

The 1983 380SL also pays careful attention to safety. It features anti-lock brakes, a reinforced passenger compartment, and a solid crumple zone design to protect occupants in the event of a collision. Additionally, a driver’s side airbag was introduced in the 1981 model year, improving occupant safety.

The handling characteristics of the 380SL are known for their balance and poise. The well-tuned suspension and precise steering offer a confident and composed ride. While it’s not a sports car, the 380SL feels planted on the road, ensuring a stable and reassuring driving experience. It’s an ideal car for those who appreciate a blend of comfort and predictable road manners.

When it comes to maintaining a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL, it’s worth noting that its build quality was top-notch. As a result, many of these vehicles have stood the test of time and are still on the road today. Routine maintenance and proper care can keep the 380SL in excellent condition, and there is a thriving community of enthusiasts and specialists dedicated to preserving these classic cars.

The 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL is a timeless classic that embodies the best German automotive engineering and design. Its blend of luxury, style, and reliability has earned it a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts worldwide. As a symbol of a bygone era, the 380SL remains an elegant and iconic choice for those who appreciate classic automobiles’ enduring beauty and craftsmanship. Whether you’re driving along a scenic coastal road or parked at a prestigious Concours event, the 1983 380SL continues to turn heads and capture the imagination of all who encounter it.

The current caretaker of this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL for sale reports that their R107 is an Anthracite over Palomino leather example with a body-colored hardtop and a manually folding black canvas soft top.  Equipment includes 14-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, power windows, mirrors, and factory air conditioning.  Aftermarket items include a replacement exhaust system, catalytic converter, and modern Sony head unit.

Recent service includes a clutch fan replacement in May 2023. In November 2022, the car received a replacement alternator and power antenna motor following a maintenance inspection by a local Mercedes dealer.  The seller notes that the car’s current battery is over two years old.  The seller can also provide a documented history of annual engine oil changes.

The complimentary CarFax® confirms this Anthracite 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL for sale sustained rear-end damage in 1988. However, Rudy’s inspection confirmed the repairs were professionally made as there is no noticeable damage either on the car’s exterior or when viewed from underneath. To review this car’s complete CarFax®, please click on the picture below. When finished, click your browser’s “back” button to return to this listing:

Gray 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL For Sale

Other items included as part of the sale are three sets of keys, the original owner’s manual, and service records, as well as a storage rack, tools, and a cover for the matching removable hardtop.

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides a summary of other recently sold 1983 R107 Mercedes-Benz 380SL examples:

If you have any questions about this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL for sale, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking, and happy bidding!

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