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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 six-cylinder engines have an block rather than the block of the V8s, so the condition of the is vital in the 280- and 300SL Make sure the coolant is and bright.

Smoke from the when the engine is started cold indicates worn stem seals. It’s an enough fix, but not cheap. of a worry with V8 engines is a oil feed pipe to the camshafts. If has been neglected due to poor it can mean a big repair bill to Listen for any ticking sounds the top of the engine on start up as an indicator.

The on all R107 SL models can become with silt. It’s a radiator, so it will soldier on for a time before it’s there’s a problem, so best to the radiator flushed or replaced you buy one.

As a heavy car, the SL its toll on suspension components, so for replacing the rubber bushes, mounts and shock absorbers if no evidence this work has carried out recently.

Round the check the suspension bushes for wear and also the subframe Also have a good at the brake calipers, which can up, especially on cars left for prolonged periods. If the car has ABS anti-lock fitted, make sure the ABS and the dash light goes out the ignition is turned as this is an MoT if it doesn’t.

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 roof was a period addition to the SL, but it wasn’t liked when new and is not likely to got better with age and wear. If you do an SL with this fitted, rarity should not affect the you pay.

Make sure the panel that covers the when it’s folded sits square and is easy to and close. If it’s not, ask if the car has been in an accident.

There’s a of fabric or leather for the seats. choice dictates which you but both are tough and durable. is also Mercedes’ MB-Tex, is a faux leather finish and it is long lasting. The only point to look for is a worn or handbrake cover as they are no available from Mercedes and strong money when come up for sale.

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