The car you see is a 1989 series R107 Mercedes SL roadster in a very rare color combination of Anthracite Grey Metallic and burgundy leather.
The R107 replaced the W113 “Pagoda” 230 – 250 – 280 SL produced between 1963 and 1971.
The R107 was designed by the legendary Fredrich Geiger, who served as the head of the Mercedes design team for the famous 300SL, the Pagoda roadster and the 600 series sedan.
By the late 1960s, Mercedes recognized that the W113 was under-powered even with the 2.8 liter straight 6 engine and was in need of replacement.
The R107 marked a huge improvement in performance and suspension. Like the Pagodas, the R107 roadsters came with both a hidden soft top and a removal hardtop, giving the owner options in the event of extreme heat or cold weather.
It was in continuous production from 1971 to 1989, subject only to minor revisions and improved engines in later years.
Beginning in 1986, the R107 was fitted with the magnificent 5.6 liter V-8 that generated 227 horsepower and silky smooth performance. Like its sister the W126 Mercedes S-class, they established a remarkable record as the standard of excellence in luxury cars for over a decade.
Jim purchased this car from Neil Dubey at Star Motors in Endicott, New York a nationally recognized leader in the restoration and servicing of classic Mercedes vehicles.
It was a one-owner 18,000 mile car: one of the lowest mileage examples in existence. Its owner, Sharon Graber of Orchard Park, New York maintained the car in extraordinary condition during her 33 years of ownership.