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.

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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.

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