The Mercedes-Benz 350SL first appeared in late 1971 as a replacement for the venerable R113 280SL. The new car, known by its internal designation R107 by the factory and by enthusiasts alike, was a clean sheet design for the new decade, yet one that brilliantly captured the relaxed, easy going nature that made the 230/250/280SL series so endearing. Yes, the SL was a sports car in that it had two seats, handsome sporty lines and a folding convertible top – yet it was also a capable GT car that could be driven daily thanks to its roomy trunk, comfortable seating and automatic transmission. It could be pushed along sweeping back roads or motored across country in all sorts of weather with the factory issued hard top in place. The R107 was a true year round sporting car. During the development period for the R107, Mercedes-Benz was feverishly working to achieve exceptional quality and unprecedented levels of safety with its cars. As a result, the SL was one of the first cars of the “golden era” for Mercedes-Benz quality and longevity. The 107 SL proved to be a runaway success for Mercedes, thanks to the thoughtful engineering, tank-like build quality and excellent performance from the V8 and inline-six engines. Production of the R107 lasted from 1971 through 1989, making it the longest production run of any Mercedes-Benz passenger car to date. Only the Galandewagen off-roader remained in production longer than the R107. With just 1,406 miles from new, this remarkable 1985 380SL is one of the finest of its kind. We have yet to find an SL of this era with fewer miles. As one would expect from such a low mile example, the body panels, trim and bumpers are arrow straight and fresh. The correct original color scheme of Diamond Blue (code 355H) over Alpaca Gray leather (Code 278) is beautifully presented and of course, virtually flawless. All fittings, finishes and details are correct from top to bottom on this stunning automobile. Inside the cabin, the gray leather – a welcome optional upgrade from the standard MB Tex – is excellent as is all of the carpet and delicate wood trim. A matching gray factory hard top and a blue German canvas soft top are included, both unmarked and excellent. Under the hood is found the 3.8 liter, aluminum V8 engine with correct factory finishes, hardware and markings. As a 1985 model, it features the updated double-row timing chain for superior durability – not that durability is much of a concern with just 1406 miles on the clock. The R107 series has recently begun to catch the attention of collectors thanks to the timeless Bruno Sacco-penned styling, as well as their tough and hard-wearing nature. These robust cars are very satisfying to drive, and offer a relaxed and enjoyable experience from behind the wheel. Its next keeper can revel in the same experience the original owner did, driving it fresh from the showroom some 30 years ago. .