Introduced via Barrett-Jackson Auction Company – In accordance with the immensely a hit “R107” sequence of Grand Traveling SL fashions produced since 1971, the Mercedes-Benz 380SL roadster and one-year-only 380SLC coupe succeeded the 450SL/SLC for the corporate’s necessary North American markets in 1981. Presented via 1985, the 380SL used to be a digital fixture in a large number of TV displays and films in duration and continues to revel in constant recognition with most sensible entertainers and personalities these days.
This radically restyled interpretation of the 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL used to be constructed to exacting requirements via Lengthy Island coachbuilder and artisan Niko Sokol. Lengthy identified to shoppers in the hunt for larger exclusivity and personalization than the factories may supply, Niko-Michael Coachworks loved a name for high quality paintings and drew a robust clientele. Completely reimagined with a sweeping profile suggestive of Vintage Technology design, but keeping up its Mercedes-Benz heritage, this 380SL is really distinctive.
The normal detachable hardtop used to be completely remodeled and supplied with an excessively well-engineered guide retracting device, permitting it to be stowed utterly out of sight when now not in use. Headlamps have been moved inboard and cooling vents added to each and every entrance fender for advanced engine cooling. Since to be had trunk area used to be reallocated to the stowable hardtop, the spare wheel and tire have been repositioned to the rear decklid, paying homage to Virgil Exner’s Chrysler designs of the past due Nineteen Fifties/early Sixties.
Customized-fabricated trim ornaments the bodysides, plated in actual gold, with the similar remedy carried out to the automobile’s different brightwork. The inner, requiring no development over manufacturing unit design and appointments, stays inventory. A collection of 16-inch BBS cross-lace wheels supplies the of completion. Energy comes from a three.8-liter fuel-injected V8 engine mated to a 4-speed automated transmission, with fewer than 2,000 miles indicated from new, and the SL stays necessarily as-new, having been on long-term show at Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton’s museum at his Casa de Shenandoah house with skilled repairs and care for the reason that automobile used to be bought within the Nineteen Nineties.
A really one-of-a-kind, hand made automotive, this 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL customized retractable hardtop is an interesting instance of the professional paintings of Niko Sokol. From the Wayne Newton Assortment.
This Mercedes-Benz 380SL Customized Roadster from the Wayne Newton Assortment with be promoting with No Reserve all over the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Public sale, June 17-19.