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The classic 1972 – 1989 SL spanned 18 model years one body panel change

a design run spanning model from 1972 to 1989, around the globe feel the the generation Mercedes-Benz SL is a model most embodies the image of the and the elements that led to its acceptance as a automaker world wide.  If one of the pictures in this article you to read it, that’s understandable.  the exception of Benz’s own 600 series (produced in low volume from to 1981), the third generation the longest production span in SL making it one of the most recognizable models ever.

Dubbed as the “107 body” by company these SLs spanned 18 model in the United States and abroad body panel changes of any When one considers that sales of  107 body SLs during its decade were almost as high as during its first, the conclusion that can be drawn is designers got this car right the start.  The 107 found fans a wealth of corporate executives, in the Hollywood / Beverly Hills professional athletes, and rock alike.

(A slide show large high-res pictures of all SL is at the end of this article)

The styling of model was the beginning of a new “modern” for Mercedes, which would be in all company designs introduced into the 1980s.  Rather accentuating stacked headlights and lines as designers had done the 1950s, the new SL emphasized horizontal Wider stances and lower height were accentuated aerodynamically smoothed contours.  As it had the first gullwing 300SL were built in 1952, the badge designated both and “L”ight and  4-seater based on a stretched 107-body added a “C” for Coupe.  With the of U.S. model year all numbers on 107 SL badges accurately engine size.

It’s to group 107-body SLs into the categories:

450SL  (1972 –   For the first model year ’72 models were badged as in the United States even they were equipped the larger 4.5-liter V8 designed for the U.S.  From 1973-80, the was changed to 450SL.  1972 and ’73 were equipped with bumpers shown here.  from 1972-77 could standard color-matched hubcaps or pay for 14-inch aluminum alloy and automatic climate control as standard equipment for ’78.  All 450SLs had 3-speed automatic

380SL  (1981 – 1985)   All feature aluminum block V8 engines and 4-speed automatic Interiors were updated with digital radios for more modern switch for ’82, “D-3-2-1″ gear bezels for ’83, and driver and ABS brakes for ’85.  14-inch alloy wheels of the design originated in 1970 were on all U.S. 380SLs.  Horsepower was the lowest of all 107-body SLs at 155, but times were identical to the 450SL ’s 11.5 seconds due to loss and extra gear in the

560SL  (1986 – 1989)  A 5.6-liter V8 was fitted to all 560SLs.  the most power of any 107-body SL hp), zero-to-sixty times from 11 seconds to a very 7.5 seconds.  All 380SL advancements automatics, air bag, antilock aluminum hoods, and modern carried over on the 560SL.  New aerodynamic 15-inch alloy a third trunk-mounted brake a lower front plastic air standard built-in alarm and a limited-slip rear axle not available on U.S. 107s.

SLC   A special subset created by the 107 body into 4-seat coupe form, SLCs sold from 1972 the 1981 model years.  powertrain and interior layouts of year’s SL, the 450SLC spanned 1972-80 and the 380SLC capped off the model year 1981.


THE 350SL AND 350SLC DEBUT

U.S. market ad introduces the 107-body SL.   Although it featured a engine, the model was badged for its first year only.

For the model year, the 350SL and 350SLC coupe were The “350″ designation all U.S. wore for the first model was technically inaccurate, since it did not the 4.5-liter V8 under hood.

it did represent was a 3.5-liter V8 created for models, and Mercedes-Benz’s desire to name continuity among This had been easier to do second-generation SLs, when and American versions both the same 6-cylinder engines.  the passage of the 1970 U.S. Air Act, lower emissions required, and leaner air-fuel became a necessity given the technology of

The 350SLC was also for 1972 in the U.S. and abroad.  The wheelbase was stretched to accomodate a seat in hardtop coupe only.  Note the flush headlights on this U.K. ad.

the time.  Because this power, the smaller 3.5 engine was too weak in U.S. form, and the 4.5-liter V8 was created.  It used fuel and produced no more than European versions of the but it did meet emissions regulations.  So for the model year 1972, model 107s were as 350SLs even though were all equipped with engines.  350SLs were in Europe through 1980 4-speed stick shifts, or automatics.

Similar to the way Mercedes-Benz engines had laid out for some time, the V8 was fuel-injected and of overhead camshaft (The typical “E” signifying injection was not present in the model An all-independent suspension ensured handling, and 4-wheel disc guaranteed enthusiastic braking not meet with disappointment or

Because of the V8’s 190 horsepower and torque, 4-speed automatic that Mercedes usually to 6-cylinder engines were unnecessary.

Consequently, 3-speed were fitted with the V8 motor through 1980 4- and 5-speed manuals were in Europe but no such transmissions ever fitted to U.S.

1973 – THE 350SL IS REBADGED THE

American SLs remained basically the for 1973, with a correction of the names from 350SL and to 450SL and 450SLC.  It has been a short-lived bulletin from headquarters in ’73 directed dealers to 350SL badges with ones on any ’72 models that in for service.  So why was the 350SL designation used at all in the U.S.?  It reflected the V8 equipped on European market and German product planners a sense of continuity and order using the same name in all

U.S. government regulations round headlights in 1972, so headlamp assemblies were for the American market only. kept this same through 1989.

To meet regulations, U.S. market SL were introduced from the with exposed, round in place of flush one-piece assemblies the rest of the world While the two styles of headlamp are interchangeable, many 107 fans the round U.S. lights a nice outward curve to the front profile that its overall shape more the flat-sided Euro lights Even though regulations to allow square headlamps in (and later to allow one-piece units in 1983), opted to keep the 107’s headlights

European market assemblies, as seen on a 1981

unchanged through 1989.  consistency was a high priority for product planners then, and were typically made for the of improvement only.  Because the no longer maintains this today, it’s difficult to any modern Benz designs a fraction as long without a of styling “improvements”.

1974 – BUMPERS ARE FITTED TO U.S.

This 1975 ad allows a at the larger bumpers fitted on market 450SLs for 1974. bumpers remained unchanged 1989.

U.S. government required bumpers on all 1974 to survive a 5-mph crash undamaged, so new “American style” were created for all 1974 models.  Fitted with shock absorbers, these protruded roughly five inches on each end.  cleverly fitted with moldings, these bumpers more like an afterthought an original design feature.  fitted on 107s for 1974, remained unchanged through

Spy photos did surface in car magazines in the 1980s of 107s caught with much more plastic bumper pieces.  they never reached in any market.  It’s also that these larger were never mentioned in text when introduced.

– CATALYTIC CONVERTERS ARE FITTED TO SYSTEMS

1975 Mercedes with soft top in the up position.

For model vehicles, the U.S. required all car exhaust systems be with catalytic converters to tailpipe emissions.  Because the exhaust was now more restricted, dropped by 5% to 180.  However, a noticeable problem that from these catalytic on 1975-76 models was “vapor caused by converters being too close to fuel lines.  a warm engine is turned the heat from the nearby converter tends to make remaining in the fuel lines and aerate.  While this no danger of explosion, a hot engine be difficult to restart until the fuel cools down to form again – often a wait of 15 to 20 minutes.  This problem was solved on 1977 by placing the converter away the engine closer to the rear of the Different exhaust systems can be to 1975-76s to cure the problem, so make this too major a if looking for a good 450SL.

In to the global 1973-74 fuel additional 280SL and SLC models added for the European market for Powered by a dual-overhead camshaft gasoline engine of 2.8 liters, could select a 5-speed transmission or a 4-speed automatic.  The ran through 1985 abroad, into the 300SL for 1986-89.  they were often as third cars for pleasure sales of 107s in the U.S. not overly affected by the fuel

1976 – IMPROVED FUEL AND IGNITION SYSTEMS INTRODUCED

1976 advertisement warned not to drive a 450SL unless prepared to buy one. It was that of car in ’76, and it remains so today.

450SLs were equipped a new continuous injection fuel and transistorized electronic ignition, worthwhile advances.  For longer intake and exhaust valve in the cylinder heads were with hydraulic cushioners – worth having.

Wrote one journalist, “On paper, the 450SL’s seem to be all wrong and you wonder who buy it.”

1976 Mercedes

Even Mercedes advertisements of the day “How can a 2-seater weighing pounds loaded down an automatic transmission and luxury amenities be considered a sports The answer was provided shortly “On the basis of performance, it could be called one.  But we don’t the 450SL to that.”  With V8 heavier construction, and styling from the company’s larger sedan, the 450SL  successfully into the same market that popularized 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird convertibles.

—  14 inch ALUMINUM ARE MADE STANDARD, AUTOMATIC CONTROL BUTTONS REPLACE SLIDING LEVERS

Automatic controls first appeared in form on 1978-81 SLs.

models were otherwise except for the previously mentioned system improvement to reduce lock.  For 1978, automatic control systems were as standard on 450SLs, two years “116 body” S-class (1973-80), and one year after body” E-class sedans received them.  Instead of manual round knobs and heat control levers to set the of heat, a thumbwheel marked temperature settings controls a The computer operates many motors that automatically and close heater ducts to a preset temperature.

As these age, they suffer many glitches.  While control issues can be fixed, components and labor to access can be high.  Sliding levers do a more archaic appearance the automatic system, but if choosing an equally nice ’77 or ’78 450SL, towards the ’77 with the simpler

This picture of a 1972 SL shows the sliding levers manually open and close vents equipped on all 107-bodies 1977. The chrome edging on wheel slats would last through 1973. antique style radios continue through 1980.

For SLs received new automatic climate standard. The buttons and control took this form the 1981 model year. the slight difference in steering design also, equipped on models.

This 1980 interior shows the redesigned pad which lasted through

14-inch alloy wheels an extra-cost option) were standard on all U.S. 450SLs for This style lasted 1985.

Also of note for 14-inch aluminum alloy became standard in place of the steel hubcaps (aluminum had previously been optional the 1972 introduction of 107-bodies).  of 450SLs consistently averaged 6,000 units annually 1972 through 1980, peak year sales of units from 1977-79.   this time, British Wheels tested a Euro and commented: “The 350SL is one of the baffling cars to write because there is nothing which to compare it.  On the specifications seem to be all wrong and you who would buy it but, just as the defies the laws of aerodynamics and to fly despite calculations that say it the 350SL sells in a very manner.”  They did go on to describe the driving feel as a unique of “solid with nimble

1978 Mercedes 450SLC 5.0

An Europe-only 107 model that for 1978 was the 450SLC 5.0.  As it this was an SLC 4-seat coupe by Mercedes-Benz’s brand new 5.0-liter block V8.  Produced in low this model existed to serve Mercedes-Benz rallye teams.  For 1980 it became as the 500SLC and was produced through the final year for all SLCs.  models are easily distinguishable by a rubber spoiler mounted on the lid, and by darker paint (usually gray) under the molding strips.  A few were to the U.S. as “gray market” but they will not be easy to The 5.0-liter aluminum engine not see widespread production until on the 1980 “126-body” S class, and on the 1981-89 500SL.

1980 – YEAR OF THE 450SL SEES A FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM AND DROP TO MEET MPG LAWS

U.S. models were unchanged, but 1980 450SLs a revised fuel-injection system and a cut from 180 to 160 to meet tightened government fuel economy This was the last year for the and U.S. sales remained at a 6,129 units.  A revised horn pad for the steering wheel did with 1970s ribbed for a more modern look lasted through 1984.

—  380SL DEBUTS MORE MODERN POWERTRAIN AND RADIO.  THE LAST YEAR FOR SLC

After being around for model years, the 450SL had almost become an institution.  the gas-guzzling ’70s ended and fuel economy became a both the 4.5-liter and Euro V8s were replaced by one new engine.  A more efficient version of the all-aluminum 5.0 V8, the lightweight 3.8-liter V8 was life on “380SL” and “380SLC” for 1981.

The 1981-85 380SL and 1981 were the second of three of the 107-body SL. Although body were 100% identical to the this version was updated an aluminum bloack V8 engine, automatic transmission, more interiors, and airbags.

In addition to a engine block, 380SLs further weight reduction hoods made of aluminum of steel.  4-speed automatics an extra low-start gear fitted across the board on all Horsepower was rated at only but with the weight loss and gear, 0-60 times identical to the older 450SL ’s seconds.

1981 was the last year for the SLC, and therefore the production year of the 380SLC.  was often referred to as love-it-or-hate-it, but low numbers make these a investment for all climates.  The SLC had its fan base, but was after 1981 when the body” S-class coupe for the ’82 model year became the new in town.

Digital radios of design were introduced for and continued through 1989.

The antique-looking Becker radios finally gone, replaced by modern digital ones push buttons and an electronic for ’81.

Sales of 107-bodies when the 380SL was introduced.  had sold at the rate of approximately to ten-thousand units annually.  the new version of the same-looking 107 came sales averaged 11,000 year through 1989.  some of those numbers from displaced SLC buyers who no longer purchase their model.  More than it was the healthy number of repeat who enjoyed their 450s so After all, the typical 107 with means simply hesitate if they suddenly the newest and most modern of their old favorite.

1982  MODERN SWITCH BUTTONS AND CONTROL BUTTONS INTRODUCED

For 380SLs got more modern control and window switches as in this photo. Notice since this picture is of an ’83 you can also see that year’s new gearshift gate with a new to the right of “2″ that allowed gear selection.

The most change for 1982 107s was the of interior switchgear to the more appearance introduced on 1980 sedans and 1981 E-class Switches were now black heating controls were and chrome trim pieces dropped.

The freshened switch immediately made previous seem like something the 1950s.  Looking quite the 1982 look lasted ’89.  While this like a minor change, the is noticeable enough to be more of a than you think.

1983  NEW “D-3-2-1″ GEAR SHIFT ALLOW MANUAL SELECTION OF GEAR

Transmission shift on 4-speed automatics were on 1983 107s to display (instead of “D-S-L”), and featured an detent.  This allowed of the extra-low first gear for if the driver so chose (transmissions started in second gear normal throttle).

(Shown: 380SL) Climate system window switches, and emergency on the console were carried from the 450SL for the 1981 year only. Visible is the new digital radio that was for ’81.

For 1982, 380SLs got modern controls and switches. also since this is of an ’83 model, you can also see that new “D/3/2/+” gearshift gate.

—  DUAL TIMING REPLACE TROUBLE-PRONE SINGLE ROW

1984 Mercedes 380SL

V8s in 1981-83 models were with timing chains were more prone to wear, and even breaking.  realized this was a weakness and the problems by using dual chains on 1984-on all models.  1981-83 models came in for chain replacement service, were replaced with units because after Mercedes simply stopped the single-row units.  If looking at an model, ask the owner if the original chain has been replaced – are good by now it has.

1985  ANTI-LOCK BRAKES AND DRIVER AIRBAGS INTRODUCED

American saw the introduction of standard anti-lock on ’85 models.  Although the system was introduced on Euro models in the 1970s, Mercedes-Benz did not choose to it to the U.S. until it had been and developed further.  The ABS components been reliable over but as with all complex Mercedes-Benz parts and labor can be expensive repairs crop up.  If looking for a 107 to be a pleasure car that never see bad weather, odds are you may need ABS brakes.  Braking before 1985 were excellent by themselves, so you may not want to out an older model because of

One note: If looking at a car with brakes, check the brake reservoir for clean, clear fluid and ask to see service records will indicate how often fluid was changed (ideally 2 to 3 years).  Dirty brake that has absorbed moisture time is especially detrimental to ABS valves and pumps, so history is

Driver-side airbags were as standard equipment late in the model year, so some have them and some do Steering wheels equipped airbags like this ’85 can be at quick glance, and feature a center piece with (Supplemental Restraint System).

airbags were introduced as equipment late in the 1985 year. Steering wheels with airbags like ’85 can be spotted at quick glance, and a larger center piece “SRS” letters embossed on it Restraint System).

1986 1989  —  THE 560SL

market” importations of 500SL (introduced for ’81) with the more powerful Europe-only 5.0 were so popular that was inspired to cash in on the demand for power. Similar to the early when a larger more engine was developed for U.S. the 5.6-liter V8 was born for 1986 – a more desirable model for sale.  The 5.6-liter’s 227 horsepower was far greater than the 4.5, or even the Euro 5.0-liter 0-60 times dropped 11 seconds down to a respectable 7.5

380SL advancements (4-speed anti-lock brakes, driver aluminum hoods, and modern were all featured on the 560SL.  New for ’86 handsome, 15-inch aerodynamic wheels, a third trunk-mounted light, lower front airdam, standard built-in systems and a limited-slip rear formerly not available on U.S. Black urethane doorhandles chrome finished ones to the look of slickness the 560SL for.

Cosmetic updates for the for ’86 were few, but included 15-inch aluminum wheels, the of a modern-looking air dam spoiler under the bumper, and the addition of third light pods on the trunklid.

ditched the chrome door of the 450 and 380SLs in favor of black coated ones.

Leather became standard instead of and the vinyl “M-B text” legendary for its durability, was gone.  560SL sales were a 15,000+ in the U.S. due to a combination of sales and a booming economy.  The three model years saw return to the 1980s average of units per year.

Euro-only from 1986-89 featured an 6-cylinder engine and could be with a 5-speed manual Notice the original slim from 1972 were used.

From 1986-89, 107s saw the same upgrades.  A new was powered by a freshly-introduced 3.0-liter (which replaced the 2.8-liter and continued to be available with a manual transmission.

Additionally, a new 420SL (1986-1989) was the direct to the 380SL, powered by that enlarged 4.2-liter V8.  importation laws tightened 1986, so this was the last year of gray market making it into the U.S.  possible to

A European market Mercedes 420SL.

find ’86 with manual transmissions; and have been generally by owners who recognize their appeal.  Prices will be higher for 300SL’s due to desirability, and will grow in value well as classic cars in the

Hot start problem 1972 350sl

Gear shift bezels on were no longer mound-shaped and now flush with the wood. A control “recirc” button was above the main switches. For the time on 107s, leather was equipment on all 560SL seats and wheel frames.

These aluminum wheels were on all 560SLs from 1986 –

All three phases of 107s survived the test of time well; and there are many ones to choose from.  are cars that most have been pampered as vehicles without ever daily driver use in bad weather.  of good 450SLs and 380SLs pretty much stabilized of year, and these are your bet for low complexity and cost.  If power and amenities are what you seek, go for the – but be prepared to pay a bit more up front and higher insurance rates.

Spy such as this one circulated in car magazines prior to the 560SLs showed 107s desert with one-piece, integrated bumpers in place of the 1974 units. For whatever reasons, never made production and the style bumpers were through 1989.

Rubber and soft tops begin to from dry rot after about ten to years regardless of how the car is stored.  If have been used in bad weather or have not been they tend to develop in their side panels.  this carefully if shopping for Remember, the design was finalized in when far less was known avoiding rust, so this can affect even the most ‘89 560SLs.  Rust almost starts in wheel wells and from the inside out.  under the front bumpers are weak spots for 107s, and may tend to form here.

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money and aggravation by spending as as you can afford on a 107 purchase up front.  are expensive to restore, and you may find sinking $10,000 to $30,000 If you already own one, consider very fortunate.  The many non-owners would tell you to special care of that classic, and garage it!

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1980 Mercedes 450SL All SL convertibles came with a hard top as shown here. were installed on the car after the top was stowed under a hard cover. Convertible soft remained the same for all years, and had two corner windows to reduce spots.

All 1972 – 1980 model SLs were equipped a 4.5-liter V8 and 3-speed automatic This 1972 U.S. ad introduces the 107-body SL. Although it a 4.5-liter engine, the model was 350SL for its first year 1972 MERCEDES 350SL. 1972 and 1973 U.S. SLs featured the small bumpers Euro models kept 1989. American models usually fitted with buffer pieces.

A look at the 1-piece aero headlamp that all 1972-89 European SLs Upon the 107-body’s introduction, federal regulations did not allow style of headlamp. (1981 380SL shown) 1981 380SL Euro model A at the factory location of fog lights and signal lenses on 1972-73 models, mounted underneath the bumper. (1972 350SL

1972 350SL front The 350SLC was also introduced for in the U.S. and abroad. The SL’s was stretched to accomodate a rear in hardtop coupe form Note the flush aero on this U.K. market ad. For U.S. market SLs were now as 450SLs instead of 350SL.

450SL left rear 1973 450SL left view. U.S. government required bumpers on all 1974 to survive a 5-mph crash undamaged, so new “American style” were created for all 1974 models. (1974 450SL ad 1 of 2)

(1974 450SL ad page 2 of 2). advertisements for ’74 models mentioned about the new bumpers. An advertisement for the 1974 450SLC coupe. Mercedes 450SL advertisement.

1976 advertisement warned not to drive a 450SL unless prepared to buy one. It was that of car in ’76, and it remains so today. Mercedes 450SL. This 450SL ad asked “How can a weighing 3,500 pounds down with an automatic and luxury power amenities be a sports car?” The answer was shortly thereafter “On the basis of it could easily be called But we don’t limit the 450SL to

1977 was the last model color-matched wheel covers equipped on U.S. market SLs (in countries, they remained 1985) A look at the automatic control buttons that as standard on 1978 450SLs. visible is the non-electronic radio was standard on all 1972-80 models. Mercedes 450SL.

Safety are highlighted in this 1978 market 450SL advertisement. Mercedes 450SLC 5.0) The 5.0 was an SLC 4-seat coupe powered by brand new 5.0-liter aluminum V8. Produced in low numbers for 1978 and this model existed to serve Mercedes-Benz in rallye For 1980 it became known as the and was produced through 1981, the year for all SLCs. Trunklid as seen here were equipment. (Wheels on this car are not equipment.) This 1979 advertisement emphasized the 107s destiny as a classic. Although the to own a 450SL often appealed to the copywriters also sought to to the rational side of potential

1980 Mercedes 450SL In 1980 450SL ad, a 1955 makes a guest appearance in the The 500SL was introduced for the 1981 year in Europe and featured the V8 that debuted along the 1980 S-class. While the ran through 1989, many models were equipped this factory trunk

All 1981 – 1985 U.S. SLs were equipped with a V8 and 4-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes 380SL. 14-inch wheels (previously an extra-cost since 1972) were standard on all U.S. 450SLs for

Digital radios of this were introduced for 1981 and through 1989. The 1981-85 and 1981 380SLC were the of three versions of the 107-body SL. body panels were identical to the 450SL, this was updated with an aluminum V8 engine, 4-speed automatic more modern interiors, and Anti-lock brakes debuted as equipment on U.S. market model 380SLs.

Door assemblies were chrome on all 450SL and 380SL models. On models, the door handles redesigned in dark gray urethane.

All 1986 – 1989 model SLs were equipped a 5.6-liter V8 and 4-speed automatic These 15-inch aluminum were standard on all SLs from – 1989. This factory page introduces the 1986

A closer look at the plastic airdam unique to all 1986-89 1986 Mercedes 560SL. Mercedes 560SL.

1986 560SL. As required by U.S. law, all 1986 and later featured third brake mounted up high in the center 560SLs kept the original ’72 headlights and ’74 bumpers through (1986 560SL shown). Mercedes 560SL

1986 560SL brochure picture. Mercedes 560SL brochure 1987 Mercedes 560SL page.

An overhead view of the proportions (1988 560SL As this original window shows, U.S. market 560SLs listed for $63,975. Mercedes 560SL.

1988 560SL. 1988 Mercedes with soft top up. 1988 560SL with soft top up.

Mercedes 560SL. 1988 560SL. Euro-only 300SLs 1986-89 featured an inline engine and could be ordered a 5-speed manual transmission. the original slim bumpers 1972 were still

Euro market 1989 300SL. 1989 Mercedes 1989 Mercedes 560SL.

Mercedes 560SLs. Spy photos as this one circulated in mid-1980s car prior to the 560SLs introduction 107s desert testing one-piece, integrated plastic in place of the 1974 design For whatever reasons, they made production and the classic bumpers were retained 1989. A Mercedes-Benz factory picture for the Euro market 300SL.

Another Euro-only SL was the 420SL of 1986-89, powered by a V8 engine. A typical U.S. 450SL instrument cluster model shown). Most SLs from the mid 1970s through has speedometers that went up to 85 mph From 1983 on, speedometers to higher speed readings. 560SL shown).

This SL shows the original steering design that ran through and manual sliding levers for control that ran through on U.S. models. The non-airbag wheel design seen was fitted on SLs from 1980 midway through the 1985 year when airbags introduced. 1982 and later SLs more modern window buttons and heater control (1982 380SL shown)

gear shift selectors “D-S-L” until this on 1983-85 models had a “D-3-2-1″ Driver-side airbags were as standard equipment late in the model year. Steering equipped with airbags this ’85 can be spotted at quick and feature a larger center with “SRS” (Supplemental System)

From 1986-89, steering wheel frames now leather wrapped. On 1986-89 the gear shift bezel was with the console rather mound-shaped. Alternate interior of 1986-89 560SL with leather.

1986 Mercedes European market headlight as seen on a 1981 380SL. A market 1986 Mercedes

1978 Mercedes 450SLC 5.0

380SLs equipped with a side airbag have wheels of this design.

300SLs from 1986-89 an inline 6-cylinder engine and be ordered with a 5-speed transmission. Spy photos such as one circulated in mid-1980s car magazines to the 560SLs introduction showed desert testing with integrated plastic bumpers in of the 1974 design units. For reasons, they never production and the classic style were retained through

For 1982, 380SLs got more climate control and window as seen in this photo. also since this is of an ’83 model, you can also see that new “D-3-2″ gearshift gate. climate controls first in this form on 1978-81 Digital radios of this were introduced for 1981 and through 1989.

This market ad introduces the 1972 SL. Although it featured a 4.5-liter the model was badged 350SL for its year only. 14-inch wheels (previously an extra-cost were made standard on all 450SLs for 1978.

1984 380SL These 15-inch wheels were standard on all from 1986 – 1989. The was produced from 1981-1985. advertisement from ’85 touches on all the

This 1976 advertisement not to test drive a 450SL fully prepared to buy one. It was kind of car in ’76, and it remains so This 1975 ad allows a at the larger bumpers fitted on market 450SLs for 1974. bumpers remained unchanged 1989. The Mercedes 350SLC was introduced for 1972 in the United and abroad, as this U.K. shows. The SL’s wheelbase was to accomodate a rear seat in coupe form only. the flush aero headlights.

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