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1982 500SL AMG Getrag 5 Speed

Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: SL-Class
SubModel: 500SL AMG
Type: Convertible
Trim: Euro Spec
Year: 1980
Mileage: 184,500
VIN: wdb10704612001372
Color: Anthracite Metallic
Engine: M117 5.0L
Cylinders: 8
Transmission: 265 Getrag 5 Speed
Drive type: R
Interior color: Mushroom
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Saddle River, New Jersey, United States

1980 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 500SL AMG Additional Info:

1982 500SL AMG Getrag 5 Speed
Anthracite over Mushroom w/ Black Soft Top
184k meticulously maintained miles
This is perhaps one of the most desirable configurations of the classic R107 chassis ever available to the public. If not, than it is definitely the most exciting and fun to drive!
It is a true two owner car originally ordered to be built in this configuration by legendary race parts manufacturer Harvey Crane of Crane Cams. You can read more about Harvey Crane with a quick Google search of his name of his company name.
Clearly Mr. Crane enjoyed driving and maintaining the car. It was purchased from his estate with a little under 180k miles on the odometer and the car is currently at just under 185k.
Shortly after the car was purchased it underwent some restoration costing $5500 which included:
-fully rebuilt front end
-upper/lower arms
-upper/lower inner arm bushings
-replace front/rear s-frame mounts
-replace spring pads
-replace stabilizer bar bushing links
-changed motor mounts
-full timing chain service
-4 wheel alignment
-oil/filter change
-transmission and rear differential gear oil change
-replace front and rear Bilstein shocks
-new steering damper, center link and tie rod assembly
-replace differential mount
-new front brake pads/removed,cleaned, lubricated calipers
-fresh brake fluid
-new belts water pump/alternator/A/C
-rebuilt steering box (fluid,filter,adjust)
-new fuel filter hose drain
-new gas tank main hose
-new gas tank fuel screen seal
-cleaned fuel screen
A new clutch kit will be installed before it is delivered to the next owner.
This car runs and drives like Mercedes/AMG intended it to. The rare 265 close ratio getrag 5 speed was an AMG offered performance option that few could afford in the early 1980's. It really brings the M117 5.0L to life through the gears. As soon as you drive it you'll see why a guy with race cars in his blood like Mr. Crane would have wanted the car set up in this way. Its really a performer through and through and it does it with tons of class and style. 100mph + this car is rock solid on the highway. Not a shake or rattle and the car's handling ability could be classified as "track ready" on the Bilsteins.
Cosmetically, the car's condition is commensurate with age. It was a Florida car all of its life and is bone dry with no rust. The paint has faded on the hood and some on the trunk and the passenger door but he other surfaces have held up very well. It does have some light denting on the drivers fender/door area that looks like it can be sorted by a PDR professional. The dash is also in nice shape with no cracking. The wood on the center console needs refinishing and the clear coat is peeling there. The mushroom leather seats are not in great shape but certainly acceptable. A set of matching colored powered Recaro Classics are available to be installed for $2,100 additional. Windows, doors, door handles, locks lighting work as they should. A/C blows on various fan speeds with no trouble but won't get cold. Original Becker radio comes with the car but a more modern CD head unit is currently being used. 1 of the two speakers is working but both should be replaced. You may also be wondering about the trailer hitch. Back in the 80's on the race circuit it was commonplace for cars to carry their own tires, spare parts, etc on a trailer they hauled. Mr. Crane was known for attending circuit and rally racing events in this SL such as the annual Turkey Run in FL.
- Do you have AMG documentation?
No. The car car has no AMG documentation. The car was bought after Mr. Crane passed and only came with what was inside the car.
- Is there evidence of other AMG modification beyond the obvious aero package, wheels and 5 speed transmission?
It is entirely possible that Mr. Crane ordered additional AMG motor work or even added his own custom ground cam shaft to this car because this M117 5L goes like a scalded dog! However, there is no concrete proof of any further modification at this time and further investigation would be necessary.
- How do you know this was Harvey Crane's car?
He left some car part receipts and registration related documents in the car that will be given to the new owner. He was pretty well known for driving this car in his hometown in FL. Its hard not get a noticed at least once when you drive a rare Mercedes 180,000 miles.
- Are you willing to end the auction early for the right price?
Sure, feel free to contact me about that.
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