1979 Mercedes 280SL - $27,500

European-Spec - DOHC Six - 4 Speed Manual



Here's a rare R107 Mercedes up for sale. As you probably know, manual transmissions were not available in this R107 series for cars exported to the US market. The European market cars also got the slim bumpers and the one piece Bosch headlights that they wear so well.

Finished in its original color of Signal Red (code 568) with black leather seats (201), the car features both tops and chromed Bundts mounted with Michelin tires. The car runs and drives excellent. No issues, no quirks, just turn the key and go. Solid and dry underneath with no leaks. A cold start and driving video is available to view at https://youtu.be/tDIozKRYBJ4

There's over 70 photos to view below, look for my comments alongside them that describe both the good and the bad. The pictures should do the talking but if you have any questions feel free to call me at 503-891-7702, or click to send me an email. I can help with shipping logistics nationwide, and have worked with international buyers as well. The car has a clean and clear WA State title. I'm able to store the car for up to 4 weeks at no charge.

This is a solid, very nice driving example that has a few minor cosmetic challenges. The car presents well overall and will be an appreciating asset that can driven and enjoyed exactly as she is.




The AMG fiberglass front spoiler shows some light road wear, but no cracks or splits.
The lower driving lights have a crack in one lens and a chip on the other, but both operate fine.


Headights and signal lenses are all clean and clear with no flaws.


Michelin Harmony tires mounted on chromed Bundts that are in exceptional condition. No pitting, no flaking, all four are like new.



Original Bosch wiper blade holders, expensive if missing.




Here you can see two touched in chips on the wheel arch, and there's an area where the paint has been blended behind the trim piece to the left of the wheel arch.


A close-up of this area. Not great. Thankfully not very noticeable unless you're right up in front of it like this.




Typical dings and scratches around the area where the hard top mounts. The perimeter seal around the soft top compartment is in very good condition though, and the chrome trim is as well.


Excellent panel fit throughout, as per factory standards. All of the car's weatherstripping is in good condition.








Paint-wise, this is the worst area on the car. The finish seems to have pimpled here. How noticeable it is depends on the lighting conditions, but it's something that I needed to point out.









The hardtop fits perfectly and transforms the car into an airtight coupe.


Hard to see, but the hardtop has some small areas of paint discoloration on the roof.



The soft top is original to the car. It has very good fit and folds up and down easily. There are two mended tears, one at the front left, and one at the rear right, both visible in these next two photos.







This is a factory leather optioned car, code 201. Other interesting option codes for this car are:

260: Elimination of model designation on rear lid
536: Interference suppression without radio set and mechanically operated antenna
590: Heat insulating glass, heated rear window pane (laminated)
640: Aluminum disc wheels with radial-ply tires














Good dashpad with no cracks. There's one tiny split near the center of the two defrost vents if you look closely.




Heater, fan, radio, horn, clock, wipers, lights, etc - they all work as they should. The radio has good sound and works in tandem with a power antenna that has been installed.


Rust-free trunk with tool kit, jacking equipment, vintage Pirelli spare, and safety warning triangle.






The DOHC Six fires to life instantly and runs great. Stays cool, shows great oil pressure, tracks straight and brakes straight. The 4 speed shifts smoothly in and out of all gears, and makes this car really fun to drive. In my opinion, this is how the R107 series should ideally be equipped.







Rust-free undercarriage with no sign of accident damage or patching. Very original, and also free of leaks - this car will not drip on your garage floor.
Recent work includes a new starter, rear brake calipers, center exhaust, and 4 new Bilstein shocks.






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Once again, the link to the driving video of the car: https://youtu.be/tDIozKRYBJ4

I can be reached at 503-891-7702, or through direct email here.