The Toronto Fall Classic Car Auction

Lot : SP101
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

Offered Without Reserve

Auctioned on Saturday, October 19, 2019

Sold at $38,500

  • Engine Displacement: 3.0
  • Transmission: Automatic

We at Collector Car Productions are excited to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity. Coming from an estate, this spectacular SL roadster from Mercedes is like buying a brand new car. With just 1,692 kilometers (yes, SIXTEEN HUNDRED KILOMETERS!), it can safely be said that there are dealer demonstrators out there with higher mileage than this rare collectible.
Purchased new in January of 1990, at a cost of $108, 222.50, it was first registered for use in March of that year, it was used sparingly and lovingly and was kept in climate controlled storage always. This figure in 2019 dollars works out to approximately $180,000! It was an exclusive vehicle when new and remains so today.
As a top of the line offering from a prestigious automaker like Mercedes, you can rest assured that the equipment list was extensive. This luxury sports roadster has the hard and soft tops with roll bar. The roll bar and soft top were both power operated for this generation of SL. The other expected power features are in place such as brakes, steering, locks, windows and memory position seating. The tilt position steering and cruise control are there of course, as are the premier stereo sound system and climate controls.
The Black Pearl finish remains as dazzling as the day it first left the dealership and the leather bucket seats would lead anyone to believe they have never been used. The fit and finish on a car of this caliber is exemplary.
Sliding behind the wheel and turning the key, the engine starts effortlessly and settles into an idle that rumbles just enough to let you know this is not an ordinary car. Placing the shift selector in Drive, one is greeted by an engine response that comes on powerfully yet smoothly. The transmission shifts with authority but not harshly. The entire driving experience is like driving this sports car when it was new. That is at it should be, for this is such a well-cared for and ultra-low mile example of such a highly desired collector car, that it may be the only chance to experience such a fine car in this way.
Perhaps as exciting, is that one collector may be assured of being the winning bid as this incredible SL is presented to auction at NO RESERVE!