Good records, great features, and plenty of the right investments -
this 1981 Mercedes-Benz 450SL is the V8-powered drop-top luxury
classic that has everything you want... including an affordable
This car is coming off of 15-years of long-term ownership, and they
made sure to continue its elegant style. It starts with a large
investment in the paint. About six years ago, this car was taken
down to bare metal, re-smoothed the panels, and then the
factory-correct Light Ivory was re-applied. That kind of investment
means you still have a high-quality look today. The details
reinforce this feeling, too. There's a golden full-length pinstripe
that adds elegance and shows off the strangeness of the sheet
metal. And the iconic color-matched wheel covers remind you that
this is part of a line of great classic Mercedes-Benzs. Capping off
this premium appearance is a nice brown folding roof, and there's
also an exterior, color-matched hardtop whenever you want a
While having two roof options makes this car ideal, we all know
these SLs are best when topless. So you want a well-matched color
like the premium tan leather. Plus, the wood on the console and
dash looks terrific (even the exterior pinstripe is part of the
coordinated package.) This is a vintage car, and so you may want to
invest to restore all of the factory features. But this continues
to have the right fundamentals in everything from the working
courtesy lights to the crisp VDO gauges. And there have been solid
investments in quality with newer carpeting and upholstery. This
even was upgraded to the European-style back seat!
The engine bay has the correct and robust 4.5-liter SOHC motor with
Bosch fuel injection. This car has a long and detailed maintenance
file. It shows a history of proper care on what is believed to be
the original powertrain. And the proof of watchfulness is in the
way this one still eagerly fires up and runs. This generation SL
was terrific and being the ideal balance of comfort and sport. It
includes power steering, a three-speed automatic transmission, and
four-wheel power disc brakes for the best all-around control.
A great Benz is all about finding one where the previous owners
have cared about the car in the same way you would. That's why you
know this one is an irresistible find. Call now!
1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL
Location:Concord, North Carolina
Exterior Color:Light Ivory
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