One of the most distinctive convertibles of the 1970s and 1980s was Mercedes-Benz’s celebrated SL roadster. Testament to its popularity among the discerning was its long production run; it appeared virtually unchanged over an impressive 18 year span. Unlike its American contemporaries with their yearly trim shuffles and regular redesigns, the SL seemed to beg the question, “Why change, when you’ve gotten it right the first time?”
Sporty and elegant, this 2-owner 1980 Mercedes Benz 450 SL is finished in Manganese Brown Metallic with a matching hard top and a newer Brown soft top. Benefiting from one professional repaint in its original color, this car’s finish is laser straight and lustrous. Lending further distinction to this car’s exterior is its chrome plated 14” wheels and wheel lip moldings. Hand-painted Tan and Orange pinstripes lend additional sophistication.
Finished in Tan and Brown, the interior is elegant and refined. Genuine wood accents on the dashboard and center console lend an air of richness. The door panels, center console, seating areas, carpeting, and dash board are all in excellent condition—a testament to the level of care this car has received through the years. An updated Alpine AM/FM stereo with cassette player will add to your driving pleasure.
Powered by a fuel injected 4.5 liter V-8 engine and three speed automatic transmission, this grand tourer has power and smoothness that contribute to a very satisfying driving experience. Best of all, this car’s powertrain has earned a reputation of being “bullet proof.” Having just 72,700 original miles, this car runs and drives as well as it looks.
All power and convenience items work as they should, although the heater and trunk mounted amplifier are currently disconnected. The air conditioning is blowing ice cold.
With just two owners since new—the first until 2005—this is a car that has always been pampered. Originally a Florida car, the original owner had this roadster regularly serviced at Mercedes-Benz of Palm Beach. Since coming north, it has never been driven in winter or in the rain and has always been properly stored indoors and well maintained.
Included with sale are the original owner’s and maintenance manuals and first aid kit, which are in excellent condition.
If an iconic roadster that has always received the best of care is what you desire, this 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL is for you.
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