This is my dad’s convertible 1984 380SL which has a great balance of performance, style, price, and preservation, and for open-air motoring the SL is still pretty tough to beat. The bright red finish gives the SL a big car look despite its rather diminutive size, and in a Mercedes, elegance is never an option but mandatory. The bright color also emphasizes how straight and clean this car is, thanks to a lifetime in a warm climate and only 140,312 original miles (that is not many at all on a 30-year-old Mercedes-Benz). The upholstery’s condition is excellent all around, particularly for a convertible, and the contrasting black dash is not only attractive but practical as it reduces reflections in the windshield. A brand new black canvas convertible top stows neatly under the hard boot in back and looks like all SLs; it includes a removable hardtop with stand. The car has a 560SL badge on it but it is really a 380SL. I have the 380SL and can replace with it if you want. Owner prior to my dad also added a rear brake light on the trunk. Overall this Mercedes is very dependable and fun to drive. No expense has been spared and this car has been very well maintained by all three owners. Just put a brand new set of tires on.
Here’s a car to consider when the talk turns to future classics, those vintage vehicles that are relatively unloved and inexpensive today but have a lot of possible upside in the future.
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