For Sale: 1976 Mercedes-Benz 350 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Vehicle Description

1976 Mercedes-Benz 350SL Euro Spec - Rare 4 Speed SL - Badged as a 280SL for U.S. Import - Brought into the U.S. in 2002 - Documented Motor Replacement from a 1981 3.5L V8 in 2007 - Recent German Automotive Services tune up - All Books and Manuals (Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1976 Mercedes-Benz 350SL on a website other than our Garage Kept Motors site, it's possible that you've only seen some of our many photographs of the car due to third-party website limitations. To be sure you access all the more than 155 photographs, as well as a short start-up and walk-around video, please go to our main website: Garage Kept Motors.) Probably the best current value in Benz SLs is to be found in the W116 models that were sold.... from the early '70s through to 1980. �€", October 2016 Classic Motoring Magazine offered a similar take on these classic Mercedes sportscars: When it comes to real-world affordable cars, none are better engineered than a Seventies or Eighties Mercedes. One of the best was the R107 SL, which was produced at a time when build quality was all; engineers ruled instead of bean counters. However, while everyone clamors for its predecessor (the 'Pagoda-roofed' W113), the second-generation SL offers everything the older car does �€" and much better value besides. Although these cars were built up to a standard rather than down to a price, you don't need the wealth of Bill Gates to buy or run one. Indeed, many of the mechanical components are surprisingly cheap as they're shared with contemporary (Mercedes cars). Simple enough for home maintenance, there's also a raft of specialists out there, ready to help you keep an SL in fine fettle if you're not so handy with the spanners. Offered here is a 1976 Mercedes-Benz 350SL in silver over black. This classic R107 is both rare and unique. To import this 3.5-liter Euro-spec car (U.S. 350SL models at the time were actually equipped with the 4.5-liter engine) into the U.S. in 2002, the model designation was changed to 280 SL. Thereafter, in 2007, the original engine was replaced with an identical 3.5-liter V8 from a 1981 model. (The engine change is fully documented.) Adding to the car's uniqueness, the e transmission is a 4-speed manual rather than the far more common (especially in the U.S.) automatic. Currently showing 66,395 miles on its odometer, this proper Euro-spec 350SL (note the Euro headlights) has traveled fewer than 1,500 miles per-year on average since new. The metallic silver exterior paint demonstrates the high quality of Mercedes paint-application in the mid-Seventies. The finish retains much of its showroom-new appearance. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) There is no damage to the sheet metal panels; no dents, dings, or abrasions (lower-body metal shows slight surface rust). In the same way, the chrome elements-the bespoke front grille (with large 3-pointed star emblem in the grille, a design the company has relatively recently resurrected), window surrounds, and body-side trim-all display excellent shine and an absence of noteworthy damage. The car's black soft top is also in excellent condition, and a black-vinyl-covered removable hardtop is in overall very good condition (including the two chrome top-trim details) with slight deterioration inside the rear window. Cabin glass and lighting lenses are clear (including the lower front driving lights and adjacent amber turn-signals required for U.S. importation). Factory 14-inch (bottle-cap style) alloy wheels with 3-pointed-star center emblems are mounted with General® Altimax RT 205/70 all-season radial tires. Inside, the condition and feel of the cabin surfaces is excellent. Black door trim fits well and is free of damage; door sills have been treated with care. The lack of wear on the original MB-vinyl seat upholstery is amazing and fully up to t

Vehicle Details

  • 1976 Mercedes-Benz 350
  • Listing ID:CC-1546946
  • Price:$24,900
  • Location:Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Year:1976
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:350
  • Exterior Color:Silver
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:66395
  • Stock Number:21GKM367
  • VIN:10704210001707

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Garage Kept Motors
420 36th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
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