Editors’ PICKEACH A Mercedes-benz 380SL
MONTH, WE SELECT ONE OUTSTANDING CAR FROM OUR CARS FOR SALE PAGES With summer just around the corner, this original classic convertible 1982 Mercedes-benz 380SL — gorgeous in white — would make the perfect cruise-mobile.
runs beautifully and smoothly. As with all other original functions of the car, both the hardtop and soft-top operate flawlessly. There are no oil leaks.
There are minor flaws that can be easily attended to — the dashboard beneath the windscreen has a couple of cracks, and there are a couple of tiny panel dings — and naturally, a few minor paint chips.
The current owner bought the car in the mid 1980s with 40,000 kilometres on the clock, and then discovered it had once been owned by his aunt in Wellington — subsequently, for years she urged him to sell it back to her. Instead, he drove the car as his main commuter and road-journey adventurer, clocking up another 200,000-plus kilometres, and having the lovely V8 engine rebuilt by well-known Mercedes expert, Des Butler.
Just turn the key and experience the quality. A lovely V8 burble from the exhausts, and nothing but a quiet purr from the engine. No vibrations. On the road, this lovely classic simply devours the highway with smooth ease that cannot be replicated, and the owners tells us that driving the car is always a pleasure — with plenty of stopping time for photos, and questions from admirers.