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Lot Number
71
From The Tom Gaughen Collection
1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $25,000 - $35,000
CHASSIS NO: WDBBA45A0CB011859
• Fastidious single-family ownership and care from new
• Offered with original Window Sticker and Bill of Sale
• Outstanding documents include factory books
• Both hard and soft tops
• Desirable example of one of the finest modern GT cars produced

3,839 cc SOHC V-8 engine, Bosch fuel injection, 155 HP at 4,750 RPM (SAE Net rating), four-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 2,460 mm (96.9”)


Based on the immensely successful R107 platform that had been in production since 1971, the Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster and its 380SLC Coupe stablemate were introduced in 1980. Powered by a 3.8-litre V-8 engine equipped with single overhead camshafts per cylinder bank and Bosch fuel injection, the 380SL was re-equipped in September 1981 with a new all-aluminum small-bore, long-stroke engine of the same capacity, delivering significantly improved fuel economy at the cost of only a slight reduction in power output. Performance was nonetheless maintained under normal driving conditions, while somewhat blunted in the more aggressive, high-speed part of the car’s performance envelope.

Even the most detailed of period road-test reports on the updated 380SL were positive, even glowing. Perhaps Road & Track magazine’s John Lamm summed up the many virtues of the updated 380SL best, stating it “…is a unique and highly prestigious car. It’s a well built, luxurious 2-seat open car with hard and soft tops, a big V-8 engine, automatic transmission and power assists you’re looking for, look no farther – this is your one and only choice.” While quite popular as the automotive object of desire for the most wealthy and discerning buyers and marque enthusiasts of the 1980s.

This 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster is particularly desirable, offered from exacting, single-family ownership and care from new. Accompanied by exceptional original documentation, in fact too many items to list here, this Mercedes retains the factory Production Data Card and it was delivered new via Myers Mercedes-Benz Oldsmobile on January 27, 1982 according to the original Warranty Registration Card. In addition to an original Window Sticker and the original Bill of Sale, this wonderfully presented vehicle also comes with several dozen documents, including service and parts receipts, and title/registration documents confirming its exceptional single-family status chronicling its fewer than 43,000 miles at the time of cataloging. Without question, this is one of the most pleasing and documented, original-condition 380SLs currently in existence and available anywhere. As offered, it will make a very fine addition to any Mercedes-Benz or quality highline luxury-car collection.

1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster
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