1985 Mercedes Benz 500SL Euro | 137k Miles | 1 Owner

Looking for an elegant car you can cruise the town in? Or maybe you're looking for a way to travel back to a simpler, and arguably better time? Then this might just be your chance. As you step inside this beautiful 1985 Mercedes Benz 500SL, the aroma of vintage leather combined with the feel of hand built, quality German parts, serves as a reminder that building great cars that were meant to last a lifetime is truly a lost art. 

Specs

Production: 07/1984

  • Assembly: AG Stuttgart

Body style​

  • 2-door convertible soft/hardtop

VIN: WDB1070461A014712

Powertrain

Engine: 5.0 L V8

Transmission: 4-speed auto

Dimensions

Wheelbase: 96.7 in (2,456 mm)

Length: 180.3 in (4,580 mm)

Width: 70.5 in (1,791 mm)

Height: 51.1 in (1,298 mm)

Curb weight: 3549 lbs (1610 kgs)

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Listed for sale is a beautiful 1985 EURO Mercedes-Benz 500SL. The Euro version packs more power than its American successor, the 560SL, with its rally-inspired V8 5.0L engine and the physical attributes to prove it. From details like the stylistically slim Euro bumper to the factory produced spoiler and valence, your car won't be mistaken for anything other than the rare find it is! The car was imported and federalized in Florida, USA in 1985 and has been immaculately maintained by one owner throughout its history. The car was acquired by chance; An order was placed for 7 models of the Euro 500SL by a renowned horse trainer at a Miami based Mercedes Dealer. The owner of the dealership then reached out to the current owner after one of the cars remained unclaimed. True fate, indeed.

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This Euro 500SL originally came with BBS mesh wheels as standard, however, they were replace with the now shown, newer, Mercedes OEM wheels. The bodywork is in like-new condition along with the original panels. The body has no signs of rust and the paint finish hasn’t aged a day since 1985. This car also features a color-matched removable hardtop, as well as a newly replaced soft top. Additional features include dual exhaust outlets and polished chrome window surrounds, mirrors, and trim. 

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The light and airy interior provides a stark contrast to its dark and moody exterior appearance. The color of the interior seats match the R107 interior color code: Parchment, and have been maintained throughout the years, courtesy of the seat protectors pictured. The dash has also stood the test of time and remains unharmed by sun damage and cracking. The car also boasts luxurious comforts such as climate control, heated seats, manually adjustable seats, electric windows, and cruise control. And if that wasn't luxury enough, your hands will surely feel it once they are wrapped around the Nardi wood grain steering wheel.

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With 113,000 original miles, the car runs and drives beautifully. The aforementioned 5.0 V8 engine transmits its power through the rear wheels via a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The engine is factory rated at 237 horsepower and 296 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 140mph. Like most Mercedes, the 500SL performs very well over high speed, long distance highway runs, which works out pretty well, considering the average miles per gallon for this car are roughly at 19, putting it at the lower end of fuel consumption for a V8. This particular model has also had a recent service costing over $6,000 to ensure it's ready to drive for another lifetime. 

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Prior History

1985 - Car first sold at dealer

1985 -2022 - Maintenance

October 2022 - Auction

The car was sold to its original owner, (and current seller), in 1985 by Mercedes Benz of Florida. The car has remained with the first owner since new and currently has 137k miles.

This 500SL has been thoroughly maintained and looked after, and enjoyed around town on weekends. Recently, it had a full tune up and check up for $6,000, ensuring many more years of driving joy. This includes a new muffler system and new catalytic converters in order to pass California smog check.

After a lifelong journey with the 500SL, the current owner Charles is ready to move on as is looking for the next caretaker to enjoy this Mercedes. This Mercedes will be going to auction this month, so keep your eyes peeled!

Condition

Exterior

Windshield free of cracks

Body panel colors match

Original paint job

Seams where the trunk and hood close are properly aligned

Seams where doors and fenders meet are properly aligned

Very minor body scratches

*1 small visible dent the size of a dime at the center of the trunk lid*

Windshields wipers and blades fully functional

Headlights and directional lights intact and fully functional

 

Tires

Tires are all of the same make

*All tires are dated 2014, however, show no signs of cracking or warping*

Tires are of free of any cuts, bubbles or cracks

*Passenger front tire has wearing on the outer edge due to alignment*

Tread worn evenly on remaining tires

Original spare tire and wheel

Engine

Battery terminals free of corrosion

Oil dipstick free of dark, black oil

Free of odors while engine is running

Over $6,000 worth of work in 2021

Exhaust pipe emissions are neither blue or black

Recently passed California smog test

Suspension

Vehicle rests levelly

When bouncing the vehicle's corners, no creaking noises are made

All corners respond the same when bouncing

 

Interior

Seats have normal wear and are free of cracks

All doors open and close freely

Trunk opens and closes freely

All gauges work

No dashboard warning lights remain illuminated

*Brake failure light illuminates when brake is pressed at a complete stop, does not effect the braking and light goes away once the car starts moving*

Stereo works

Heater works

*Air conditioner needs to be recharged*

Windshield wipers work

Windshield wiper fluid dispenses properly

All seats equipped with functional seat belts

All seats adjust properly

Power windows operate properly

Hazard lights function properly

Headlights, including High beams, work properly

 

Frame

Chassis is neither bent or cracked

No signs of crumpling or straightening inside the trunk

No accidents

Automatic Transmission

Transmission doesn't slips when driving

Reverse works properly as do all forward gears

All gears shift smoothly 

Brakes

Vehicle steers straight and does not pull to one side when applying brakes

Parking brake engages and disengages freely

No grinding noises when applying

Wheels do not lock when applying brakes

*Brake Failure light turns on sometimes when at a stop with the brakes pressed. However, this light goes away when not using the brakes. The brakes function properly as they were intended with no failure issues.*

 

Steering

Vehicle is stable; no shaking or vibrating

*The car pulls right due to needing an alignment*

No resistance in the steering wheel when turning

No clicking or clunking when turning

 

Miscellaneous

Service and repair records available

* Free Carfax included *

Owner has title

Car is sold AS IS

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