1985 Mercedes-benz 380sl. Clean, Original Classic. Rebuilt Top End. Garage Kept. on 2040-cars
Lexington, South Carolina, United States
1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL
This is a well preserved and original 1985 Mercedes 380SL with 133,000 miles on the odometer. It is a two-family car with factory paint. This 380 has never been in an accident, and has always been kept garaged and covered. With factory single-beam headlamps and lots of recent mechanical work, this R107 looks great and drives even better.
Mechanically Sound & UpdatedOn 6/24/2011, at 127,900 miles, the car's V8 underwent over $3,200 of work. This included the replacement of all timing guide rails, the double-row timing chain, both headgaskets, the valvetrain, all spark plugs, and the oil pan gasket. The 3.8 liter power plant now runs great and has about 6,000 miles on the new top end. Detailed receipts for the work are available.The tan leather interior is in good original condition with no rips or tears. The soft top and battery were both replaced in 2012. The car has four Michelin tires, and the original spare in the trunk looks like it's never been touched. It has recently had two new outer tie rod ends installed.The automatic transmission shifts smoothly, and the car has a newer Pioneer CD player with auxiliary input.
Full Disclosure of Condition
It is a 1985, and as such it's not perfect. The finish on the wheels show some flaking, and some of the exterior plastics aren't as black as they used to be. The air conditioning has been converted to R134, but a hose has two pinhole leaks. Quoted at $300 to repair. The driver's side door hinge is noisy. The dashboard has a small one inch crack/tear along the seam behind the gauge cluster.
There is absolutely no rust.
The car brakes quietly, stops quickly, and doesn't pull in either direction.
Still Turning Heads
On the whole, the car is in remarkable shape. It's an unrestored classic in outstanding mechanical condition that will drive anywhere at any time and look great doing it. It's a pleasure to look at, sit in, and drive. Don't miss it.
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Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:28:00 EST
Last week when we saw the leaked ordering guide for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, one particular image caught our eye showing the interior of the new sedan with a neon yellow stripe on the seats and yellow stitching throughout the cabin. As it turns out, this will be part of a limited-edition model called the Edition 1 about which Mercedes-Benz just released some information.
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:01:00 EST
Usually, automakers wait until later in a vehicle's life to introduce special models like this, but the Edition 1 will be available right out of the gate for the first 12 months the CLA-Class is on sale. The 2014 CLA-Class Edition 1 includes the more aggressive Sport package adding AMG-style fascias and wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights and a lowered suspension; it will be offered only in five colors - unfortunately, Northern Lights Purple is not one of them. In addition to the bright yellow cabin accents, the Edition 1 will get sport seats wrapped in leather and microfiber, a sporty, flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather and real aluminum trim on the instrument panel.
With no mention of the US, we're only left to imagine that this car will not be arriving on our shores, but customers in Europe will definitely be able to enjoy the mean styling and funky interior with prices ranging from 35,402 euros up to 43,940 euros.
Brazil is the place to be, apparently. Toyota has been investing in the South American country, as has BMW, which announced a $261 million investment in October 2012, on the heels of an Audi factory announcement in San José Chiapa. The high-end immigration is only set to continue, as Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar-Land Rover have both announced plans to set up manufacturing operations there.
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:58:00 EST
Mercedes is the big news here, as its new facility will see the German manufacturer invest 170-million euros for production of its next-generation C-Class and upcoming GLA-Class. "Brazil is an important future market. With our local production we accept the challenge and take on the competition," noted Andreas Renschler, Management Board member for Production and Procurement at Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans. Production is expected to begin by 2016.
Jaguar-Land Rover, meanwhile, isn't so concrete in its plans. The news of its investment in South America comes from a job posting for a plant quality manager in Brazil that was picked up by the UK's AutoCar. "Portuguese language skills will be definite advantage" for interested candidates, according to the job listing. The want ad follows on the heels of remarks by Jaguar Land Rover's Dr. Ralph Speth, who said there are "very intensive discussions" with Brazil's government. Unlike Mercedes, there's no mention of which vehicles will be produced in South America, although AutoCar thinks the Freelander, sold in the US as the LR2, is a leading contender.
Mercedes-Benz Titan. Mercedes-Benz Frontier. Mercedes-Benz pickup truck. None of these things roll off the tongue particularly well. We'd like to think that's the reason Daimler opted to kill the idea of rebadged Titan and Frontier pickups from corporate ally Nissan. In reality, the execution before the Frankfurt Motor Show was due to more complicated issues.
Yes, Mercedes, byword for German luxury, style and quality, would have slapped a three-pointed star on a pair of Japanese pickup trucks that have failed to resonate with consumers in the world's largest truck market. That slapping of badges isn't much of an exaggeration, at least on the outside. According to the report from Road & Track, the truck's front clip would have been tweaked, but beyond that, the sheetmetal would have been unchanged. The interior would have received a more thorough going-over by the team at Mercedes, while the suspension and noise, vibration and harshness tuning would have also received significant attention.
The trucks would have ended up being sold through the light-commercial branch of Mercedes-Benz - the same folks that will happily sell you a Sprinter van - had the deal gone through. Issues arose, though, first with the engines. Mercedes wanted a wider range of powertrains to allow it to tune models for specific markets, while Nissan said it couldn't engineer the wide variety of engines that MB wanted to drop under the hood. For the smaller truck, meanwhile, MB was interested in a hybrid or plug-in variant, according to R&T, although this was also shot down by Nissan.