For Sale: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL in Cincinnati, Ohio


Vehicle Description


Please call Greg directly at 513-200-9226 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this beautiful 1981 Mercedes Benz 380SL in excellent condition with only 90,030 original miles. It looks spectacular, runs great, and is an awesome driver. The market on the R107 SL is absolutely red hot right now and this example is priced to sell. Low mileage and original examples of the R107 Mercedes SL are exceptionally difficult to find and draw a huge premium in the current market. The low original mileage is also verified not only by the condition of the car, but also by the clear Ohio title, pictured in this ad, showing the mileage as "Actual."

There is a stack of receipts that come with the car. The receipts total over $6,200 for repairs and maintenance over the years. The original owners manual, books, cruise control card, and top wrenches are also still with the car. There is also a copy of the AutoCheck vehicle history report in this ad. The report is totally clean, shows no accident history, and verifies the low mileage.

This 380SL comes with both the soft-top and auxiliary hardtop. This is an excellent opportunity to own a classic Mercedes that is ready to be used and enjoyed at an unbeatable value. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come. This Mercedes is finished in the absolutely beautiful and highly desirable color combination of Black (040) over Grey (238) interior with a Black (740) soft-top. This is the correct and original color scheme as verified by the specification sheet from Mercedes-Benz classic that is included with the car and pictured in this ad, which also details all the factory options. Please peruse all of the photos, video, option codes, and other information in this ad to get a true sense of clean and nice this 380SL really is.

As a side note, this Mercedes is not a dealer auction vehicle. We hand pick each car after careful inspection. Our classics come from owners who expect their cars to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did. We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each picture. We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase. If you have a question about the 380SL, just give us a call.


The Black exterior is in excellent driver condition. As one can see in the photos, the paint has a brilliant gloss and deep shine. Both doors open and shut nicely; it has that solid Mercedes touch and feels like a vault door closing. The wire wheels are in great shape with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The Goodyear tires are in great condition with plenty of tread left. The chrome and other bright-work look nice. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. As one would expect from a paintjob with many years on it there are some small blemishes on the trunk lid and around the car that are too tiny so show up in the photos, but nothing that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. As one can see in the many photos of the underside, this 380SL is very clean underneath. We have also included specific photos of the rockers, lower front and rear quarter panels, and other areas on the car most prone to rust to show how nice it looks.


The Grey interior of the 380SL looks fantastic. The seats are in excellent condition with no tears, rips, or excessive wear. The seat is not overly worn at all in the typical spot on the driver's bolster where the driver gets in and out. All of the gauges faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are clear. The carpet is also in great condition with no rips, holes, or major stains. The original door panels look wonderful and both door pulls are solid and intact. The Black convertible soft-top is in great condition with no rips, holes, or frayed edges. The rear windows are not yellowed or foggy. The dash is in good condition with no sun fading. The Mercedes radio in the car works well and the original radio is also included and pictured in this ad. This car has never been smoked in; there is no aroma of cigarettes whatsoever and no burn marks. The trunk is very clean and nicely detailed with the original spare tire, and rim, jack.

The excellent condition of this original interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention this Mercedes has received throughout its life.


This 380SL appears to be in very nice mechanical condition and it is ready to be enjoyed. As stated above there are over $6,200 in receipts for maintenance and repairs on the car. The engine starts right away every time, idles smooth, and runs well. It is an exceptional driver that feels great on the road and at highway speeds. In the video one can observe the car accelerating on the highway up to about 70mph, shifting through all the gears, braking to a stoplight, and going through some curves. Please note that it runs great, there are no strange noises or vibrations, and the car performs quite nice overall. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. There is no blue smoke when starting or driving the car. It runs cool and does not overheat. The gauge shows that the engine makes great oil pressure. Also, the engine bay is clean, nicely detailed, and correct as one can see from the photos.

Please note in the video the dash warning lights are working properly; they light up when the key is first turned on and then go off when the engine is started as they should. There are no "check engine" lights that stay on. The horn works as do the fog lights, headlights, brights, turn signals, interior lights, power windows, power antenna, power locks, indicators, dash gauge lights, wipers, and power antenna. The a/c works and blows cold. All of the gauges work; even the clock keeps time. This Mercedes is smooth and quick with the 3.8 liter V8 engine. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the top down on a beautiful day.

Overall Condition

Overall, this 1981 380SL is in excellent condition and is a true bargain at our asking price. The market on the R107 body style SL Mercedes is very strong right now, particularly for low mileage examples in excellent condition like this car. The great condition, great service history, and highly desirable original color combination make this 380SL particularly important and difficult to duplicate. This Mercedes is a great value and will only appreciate over time. Someone could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

exterior color code 40 Black interior color code 238 Grey Leather soft-top color code 740 Black

option code description 12 Automatic Transmission 045 380SL 440 Bumpers with guards, front and rear 467 Central locking systyem and instruments with english lettering 491 USA Version 502 Outside rear view mirror, on the right 519 Becker Radio set "Grand Prix" 524 paintcoat preservation 531 Automatic Antenna 570 folding armrest front w202/210 stowage box front with armrest 581 Air Conditioner Automatics 583 Window...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL
  • Listing ID:CC-1435732
  • Price:$14,900
  • Location:Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Year:1981
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:380SL
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:90030
  • Stock Number:900888
  • VIN:WDBBA45A4BB005397

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Seven Hills Motorcars
9213 Blue Ash Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45242