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Mercedes-Benz SL R107: Buyers

The Mercedes-Benz R107 SL is now a well and established member of the classic car but it also remains one of the most modern classics money can For the price of a very basic new car, you could be swanning the Big Smoke or anywhere else in style, and in a car that will appreciate in value when in good order.

We’re big of the 1971 to 1989 R107, has plenty of classic Merc and Panzer build quality. a good one with the original top and it’s also a good bet for driving.

There are plenty to from thanks to the R107 popularity when new and most never quite dipped the murky price band of maintenance and neglect. Even so, it dividends to shop around for the example and one that has been with care and cash.

there’s a motor to suit all and even some, err, period AMG wheels and bodykits to a few. Our advice is to find a car with straight bodywork, an gearbox and hard top. The sit put on your sunnies and enjoy the


Launched in 1971 as the with a 3499cc V8 engine a relaxed 200bhp, Mercedes’ for the much sought-after and desired roof SL ushered in a new style. notable were the horizontal that did away with the light design of previous With a top speed of 128mph and in 8.1 seconds, the 350SL was quick to be sporting but even when new was of a cruiser than a bruiser.

More power and performance the fray in 1973 when the joined the ranks of Merc’s By the time this model Mercedes had dropped the four-speed gearbox of early models in of a sturdier three-speeder.

Then, in the 280SL rounded off the range for the It has a straight six engine rather a V8, but it was still decently nippy to 185bhp. There were a few of six-cylinder models sold a manual gearbox but they are and only worth having for value as the autos are better to with.

To mark the arrival of the Mercedes fitted K-Jetronic fuel injection to all models, a new range-topping 500SL with and 142mph top speed was also At the same time, the 380SL the 350SL with a 218bhp of the V8 motor. Engine power the V8 line-up was reduced in 1981 to USA emissions regulations. 1980 saw cavity wax rust-proofing as standard the factory on the SL.

A major facelift in tidied up the SL’s looks and it in the running against newer and aerodynamic rivals, such as the 928 and Jaguar XJ-S. Mercedes took the chance to replace the with the 300SL, which a 188bhp six-cylinder motor. The 420SL replaced the 380SL and the version of the R107 arrived in the of the 560SL.

Production came to an end in August after 18 years of supplying the rich, famous and stylish sleek, comfortable and plush motoring. The R129 that the R107 was an altogether more car but the R107 has remained a favourite anyone wanting classic cruising with unburstable quality.


The R107 SL’s engines are easily into two camps: six-cylinder and V8s. Which you decide is for you is purely down to personal as both types are strong and Expect 15.0mpg from the V8s and 25mpg from the sixes.

really is very little goes wrong with the engines if they have routinely serviced and looked Some owners swear by oil changes, but every 6000 or once a year, whichever sooner, should be more ample. Find a good specialist and your SL will be in hands and last forever.

The engines have an alloy rather than the steel of the V8s, so the condition of the anti-freeze is in the 280- and 300SL models. sure the coolant is clear and

Smoke from the exhaust the engine is started from indicates worn valve seals. It’s an easy fix, but not cheap. More of a with V8 engines is a blocked oil pipe to the camshafts. If this has neglected due to poor servicing, it can a big repair bill to sort. for any ticking sounds from the top of the on start up as an indicator.

The radiator on all SL models can become clogged silt. It’s a huge so it will soldier on for a long before it’s obvious a problem, so best to have the flushed or replaced when you buy

As a heavy car, the SL takes its on suspension components, so budget for the rubber bushes, subframe and shock absorbers if there’s no this work has been out recently.

Round the back, the suspension bushes carefully for and also the subframe mounts. have a good look at the calipers, which can seize up, on cars left standing for periods. If the car has ABS anti-lock brakes make sure the ABS works and the light goes out when the is turned as this is an MoT failure if it

The back axle and propshaft on the 560SL can wear and make noises due to the amount of power it has to with. It’s the same for the automatic gearbox and a rebuild is the solution to a noisy transmission.

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Rust is the big enemy of the R107 SL. While Merc was better at its cars and rust-proofing them to most in the 1970s, it’s an car and even the youngest is now nearing old.

The good news is it be too tricky to spot a badly SL, though some less sellers will try as values of cars goes up. Check all each wheelarch, along the valance and front lower under the bumper. Sills and points are also known to get so have a poke around too as they will be definite MoT

Front wings are another weak spot for corrosion, takes hold above the If you’re not sure about the of the front wings, which are to replace, it only takes a few to release the headlight for a better inside the wing for its true

Cars built from onwards have plastic liners, which keep chips at bay but can hide more rust holes, so have a behind these.

Vents at the base of the windscreen can corrosion, so look around and also check beneath in the plenum chamber that out and lets water into the These chambers can be repaired but expensive. However, there is a kit that installs a plastic in the chamber with a drain to prevent the problem recurring.

can collect in the boot of the SL, so look all the edges of the boot floor the carpet removed. Rust can take hold where the bumpers mount to the body. the bonnet, look at the chassis for signs of accident damage and if there’s corrosion here, away as the car will cost a to restore.

Finally, any SL sold its original hard top is much desirable. It should be colour-coded to the car and in condition inside and out. One with the original stand for it’s not fitted to the car is even appealing.


The first to look for inside the SL is its hood. The roof is hard-wearing and not excessively to replace. For this reason, a or leaky roof is the sign of a owner and can mean more problems with rusty await.

An Autotop electric conversion was a period addition to the SL, but it well liked when new and is not to have got better with age and If you do find an SL with this it’s rarity should not the price you pay.

Make sure the painted that covers the roof it’s folded away square and is easy to open and If it’s not, ask yourself if the car has in an accident.

There’s a choice of or leather for the seats. Personal dictates which you want, but are tough and durable. There is Mercedes’ MB-Tex, which is a leather finish and it is also lasting. The only other to look for is a worn or damaged cover as they are no longer from Mercedes and fetch money when they up for sale.

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