To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
Chassis No. WDBBA45A6BB002968
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000 US
In 1980, Mercedes-Benz gave a face-lift to its SL lineup of sport luxury convertibles with the introduction of the 380SL. The 380 was a further development of the R107 chassis, which was first used in 1972 by the 350SL, and then later by the 450SL. Like its forerunners the 380SL was a stimulating mix of V-8 power, refined luxury and a sporty foundation. It was a very popular model during its run in the U.S. and was often seen on-screen as a symbol for having arrived socially and financially.
The 380SL derived its nomenclature from its 3.8-liter V-8 engine. It had a smaller engine than the 450SL and was consequently 120 pounds lighter. The new engine was designed with emissions controls in mind while the 450SL did not have the same considerations. This meant the two engines were relatively equal in terms of power despite the difference in their displacements. The 380SL also received a new four-speed automatic transmission, which further enhanced distance driving. Suspension, meanwhile, continued to be a fully independent setup as in the earlier SL cars, while four-wheel disc braking remained standard.
This light blue example is beautifully accented with dark blue interior and a dark blue canvas soft-top. The car is stated to be all original, including the paint, top and interior. This 380SL received Ziebart undercoating from the dealer when new and this has resulted in “no rust anywhere.” Chromed wheels shod with new Michelin tires are part of the package, as is a radio/CD, air conditioning; power steering, windows and four-wheel disc brakes. 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible