Streetside Classics probably sells more R107 Mercedes-Benz SLs than anyone else, and we've developed a pretty good eye for these cars. This 1984 380SL is a great balance of performance, style, price, and preservation, and for open-air motoring, the SL is still pretty tough to beat. In the mid-80s, wild colors were in fashion, but ever-conservative Mercedes-Benz always got it right. The Code 501 Orient Red paint gives the SL a big car look despite its rather diminutive size, and in a Mercedes, elegance is never an option but rather a mandatory feature. The dark color also emphasizes how straight and clean this one is, thanks to a lifetime spent as a fair-weather weekend car and only 84,078 actual miles showing on the odometer (which is very little on a 38-year-old Mercedes-Benz). The finish is all-original from what we can tell in person, with a great shine and luster that real speaks to the unmatched quality you get in a Merc, and whatever light imperfections that can be found are very minor, and can easily be excused based on the car's age. Bottom line at this price point, you'd be hard-pressed to find a nicer survivor. A pinstripe offers a bit of contrast and the dark colors like this do a much better job of disguising the heavy US federally-mandated bumpers, so it looks sleek and trim compared to many of its siblings. There's plenty of shine, but a dedicated hobbyist could really take it up a notch with a professional buff so that the car can live up to the legacy of the three-pointed star on its nose. All the chrome looks great too, offering up a little bling to the dark finish, and all the lenses and badges are in solid shape as well. Most R107 SLs received MB-Tex vinyl, but this lovely roadster wears genuine tan leather, which makes a big difference in the way it feels. The design is familiar, of course, but that's part of the SL's appeal, and with everything so sensibly arranged and logical, is there really any other way to do it? The upholstery's condition is very good all around, particularly for an open car, and aside from some minor wrinkles and light cracks in the seats (no holes or rips though) and slightly faded carpets, everything looks great. Big, easy-to-read gauges were a Mercedes-Benz hallmark for decades and the giant steering wheel makes this car feel substantial when you're at the helm. The burled woodgrain has held up very nicely on the dash and center console, and it works hard to warm things up inside. Features like automatic climate control (which blows strong but needs service to blow cold), power windows and mirrors, a tilt column, cruise control, and the original Becker AM/FM stereo with an added Alpine CD changer mean it's one of the most user-friendly 2-seaters you can own. Original floor mats protect the carpets up front, and the lovely carpeted package shelf behind the seats offers good storage space when you're in a hurry. A dark brown convertible top stows neatly under the hard boot in back and looks almost new and like all SLs, it includes a color-matched removable hardtop. In 1980, the SL switched to a 3.8 liter V8, which still delivers the kind of effortless performance for which these cars are famous. They're also quite reliable and easy to maintain, so don't be afraid of owning this one. It starts easily with a familiar V8 thrum from the exhaust and the bubbly idle and smooth torque make it feel beautifully polished from behind the wheel. The engine bay has been very well-maintained over the years and remains incredibly clean, and it's full of correct parts, so no worries about deferred maintenance here. The 4-speed automatic transmission has a knack for always being in the right gear, and as always, it's impeccably smooth. The all-independent suspension is supple yet athletic, and while this is no high-speed sports car, it doesn't mind hustling a bit on your favorite roads. Power steering means easy two-finger navigation is on the menu, and power 4-wheel discs live behind those familiar Mercedes-Benz alloy wheels and carry right-sized 205/70/14 Toyo blackwall radials. This is a very clean, tidy SL in great colors that we can heartily recommend for warm weather fun. Just don't tell your friends and neighbors how affordable it really is! Call now!