MercedesBenz R107

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Mercedes-Benz R107

Mercedes-Benz R107

Mercedes-Benz US Model

The Mercedes-Benz R107 were produced from through 1989. being the single series ever by the firm, besides the G-class/wagon. were sold under the and SLC-Class model names, The R107 replaced the W113 in 1972 and was replaced by the R129 in 1989.

The R107 took the components of the mid size Mercedes-Benz model and mated them to the engines from the S-Class. The W 107 is sometimes referred to as R 107 for Reihe The US models built on the 107 chassis the 350 SL, 380 SL, 450 SL, and the 560 SL. (One of the European models of the 107 was a 280 SL. This should not be confused 280 SL of the earlier 113 chassis.)

The SL variant was a convertible. It proved popular, in the United States where were sold at a very price.

The SLC (technically C107) was an SL stretched 10 inches, a 2 door coupe, with usable seats. Although some may air car as an ‘SL coupe’- though it might be, but in the real world it was an coupe (modern day CL). It was earlier than the SL, with a larger model, the 380SEC. It was at the same market as more machines like the Jaguar and Citroën SM.

The 107 chassis had the longest run of any chassis, 18 years from to 1989. Some 237,000 107 SL’s were built. two thirds were sold in the US. 107 cars are larger, heavier and costly than the previous W113 cars.

Prices increased dramatically the years. The earliest 107, the 350 SL, sold for about $11,000. years later, the last 107 the 560SL, sold for about

Production of the first R107 the 350 SL, started in November 1970 the last of the W 113 cars. When the 350’s were exported to the US, of the strict horsepower robbing requirements, the US 350’s were with low compression 4.5 liter A Mercedes-Benz service person that when these came in for service, his shop 350 SL model badges with 450 SL

From 1974 until the end of the front and rear bumpers of the model R107 grew out 8 on each end to comply with regulations.

The 450 SL was produced until Some 450 SLs suffered from lock and hard re-start of the position of the catalytic converter.

was the 380 SL built from 1981 to The 380 SL was the least powerful of the US imported roadsters. This engine with a single row timing These models were with chain failure and the problem was corrected by Mercedes-Benz, of charge. Some models, escaped retrofit and may at some fail as a result.

The more 500SL with 5.0 liter produced from 1980-1989, was not in the U.S. through Mercedes-Benz and was in gray market import the arrival of the 560SL (only for the USA and Australian market) in 1986-1989.

the larger 5.6 liter engine of the the 500SL is recorded as being the production 107 produced (mostly of the lack of emission restraints.) The was published by Mercedes-Benz as having times of 7.4 seconds for a top speed of 140 Torque for the 500SL is 297@3200 rpm and for the 279@3250 rpm. The 500SL was not in the U.S. or Australian markets Mercedes Benz dealers.

The last 107 made, a 1989 painted Astral Silver, in the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart,

The 5-Litre SLC Rally Cars

The article appeared in the June/July issue of Das Rundschreiben, the magazine of the Club (NSW) Inc.

the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s Mercedes-Benz were seen in rally initially as the legendary 300SL, the 220SE, the 230SL and finally the A period of around twelve then elapsed before cars were again in rallies.

In 1977 a crew Andrew Cowan, Colin and Mike Broad were in a W123 series 280E in the km London to Sydney Rally and a 280E of Fowkes and O’Gorman in second. The following year the of Zasada and Krupa finished in the African Safari Rally.

realised that its cars had the durability for rallies and that more power they achieve further success. other manufacturers were small to medium sized Daimler-Benz decided that their experiences with the the coupe version of their 107 was the car to use. The SL in SLC was supposed to stand for but this was not an accurate description of the and heavy SLC coupe, at the time the of the Mercedes-Benz range aimed at the end of the luxury market. With V8 it was however a fast tourer. The roof of the SLC added to the body of the SL and the superb handling, together the comfort of the long wheelbase meant that crews suffer the minimum of fatigue long rallies.

The 107 series had been released in with the 200 horsepower (147 kW) M116 V8 initially as the 350SL roadster and then as the 350SLC coupe. Subsequently the 225 hp (165 kW) M117 V8 was added to the range in the and 450SLC with the 185 hp (136 kW) twin-cam M110 six-cylinder the 280E added later In 1978 a new all-alloy 240 horsepower kW) V8 engine of 5,025 cc was developed for the rally version of the SLC. all 107 models used engines alloy cylinder heads on iron cylinder blocks. with a lightweight aluminium and boot lid, the new engine assisted in reducing the substantial of the big coupe and the resulting car became as the 450SLC-5.0. Despite the light block, the 5-litre engine the M117 designation and the remainder of the version of the 450SLC-5.0 differed from the standard 450SLC, the 3-speed torque converter transmission.

The month-long 30,000 km Vuelta America del Sud (Tour of America) was chosen as the debut for the SLC rally car. A 450SLC-5.0 by Andrew Cowan and Colin won the rally with second going to Zasada and Zembruski in an SLC, third to Fowkes and in a 280E and fourth to Makinen in the SLC. Only about one of all the entered cars survived the rally, however all four SLC and of the four 280E Mercedes completed the event.

For 1979 the 450SLC-5.0 was homologated as a 4 rally car with power increased to around 300 hp (220 kW) and weight reductions resulted stripped-out interiors. Three-speed transmission was retained as it was considered the Daimler-Benz unit capable of the torque of the V8. Massive factory under the leadership of Eric backed the effort behind entries in the 1979 World Championship. Three each and 280Es were entered in the Safari Rally and SLCs by Bjorn Waldegard and Hannu led for much of the event. Mikkola and finished a close second Cowan and Syer in a 280E in and Waldegard sixth. Greater was achieved with a clean of the 5,500 km Bandama (Ivory Rally with four driven by Mikkola, Waldegard, and Preston taking positions 1, 2, 3 and 4

Following the 1978 and 1979 an even greater effort into the 1980 season. The Rally resulted in a best of fourth place for Waldegard and and it was becoming obvious the big SLC was not so suited to the and tighter European rallies. In the km Safari Rally where was expected, rear suspension saw a best of third place to Vic Junior in a 450SLC-5.0 using the introduced four-speed automatic In the Acropolis Rally the power of the 5 SLCs resulted in shredded on the rocky roads with the placing again going to this time down in place.

For the Rally of Argentina output increased to 340 hp (250 kW) a slight reduction in displacement to cc. The cars became known as a and were now homologated as Group 2. and Hertz managed second however two other 500SLCs broken drive shafts. In the of New Zealand Mikkola finished and Waldegard fifth. In the same Cowan suffered rear problems. Following a call the radio, a helicopter was soon flying with an entire rear axle assembly underneath, such was the level of support. The final event for 1980 was the Ivory Coast better suited to the big fast The rate of attrition across all was huge including Cowan who A total of just eleven finished with first to Waldegard, second to Jorge and fifth to Vic Preston, all in 500SLCs.

Not entering every event for the season resulted in Mercedes fourth overall in the championship. recruited winning driver Rohrl who had been driving for in preparation for the following year. the realisation that the SLC was just too big for the rallies, plans were to use the but shorter 500SL for 1981. was never to eventuate and the 1980 was left without a drive for Daimler-Benz again had a break motor sport for a few years the introduction of the W201 series 2.3-16 destined for circuit but that is another story.

The 350 and (like the 350 and 450SL) had been in 1980 with the introduction of the 380 and The 280, 380 and 500SLC were in 1981 with the introduction of the 126 380 and 500SEC coupes. A total of SLCs had been manufactured a ten year period of which 1,636 were the 450SLC-5.0 and were the 500SLC. Both models are sought by collectors The SLC remains the only fixed Mercedes-Benz coupe based on a rather than a sedan. today, an SLC in good mechanical still gives a mix of good superb handling, comfort and making it is easy to realise why were a successful rally Following the discontinuation of the SLC, the 107 continued initially as the 280, 380 and and then finally as the 300, 500 and 560SL until 1989. eighteen-year run makes the 107 series the running series produced by

Mercedes-Benz R107

1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL

1972 Mercedes-Benz W107 V8

19721980 450SLC V8

19741981 Straight 6

19711980 350SLC V8

450SL V8

19751985 280SL 6

19801981 380SLC V8

19781981 V8 (Created for a Rally Version, known as the 450SLC-5.0, up to 1979, as the 500SLC)

19811989 500SL V8

380SL V8

19861989 300SL 6 M103 engine

19861989 V8

19861989 560SL V8 (USA, and AUSTRALIAN market only)

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