One of the BW Old Guard
Date registered: Aug 2004
Vehicle: 1988 560Sl
Location: Fort Payne, Al
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RE: 1973 450SL Head lite style
A couple of corrections/additions are needed to my post. When the 350 was introduced in 1971, there was also a 280 available the same year, so I cannot say for sure which was actually first; however, I have read on Roy Spencers site that the 350 was first. I'm gonna go with that.
the 280 and the 500, as well as a 450 5.0 were also available as a coupe (SLC).
The 420 is the most rare 107, with only 2148 units produced. It was powered by a 4.2L V8...
Besides the rectangular headlights, non US-spec cars had smaller bumpers, which fit closer to the body (and some might say were more attractive). There were no turn signal lights hanging from underneath the bumper. The climate controls were, I believe, manually operated, and a manual transmission was available (at least in some models of the 107). Typically, the european models were clothed in MBTex, as opposed to leather (so I have read). All US-destined models of the 107 were V8's, models 116 and 117... I'm sure there were other subtle and obvious differences, but these are the ones I know of. Post in the 107 forum, and ask for Ike... He and I are hosts, with Ike being the more knowledgable by far...
A good website for links and info is:
where you can also read the (in)famous Road and Track article... Kinda like the Sl-ophyle's Holy Grail.
RM Smith www.rmsmithco.com
Where is it again that we are going... And why are we in a handbasket?