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Recently inherited an E320 and after talking with a nearby mechanic I have come to appreciate the quality of the older classics. I am looking for a 70-80's convertible. My search has begun with a couple 560's. I'm rather tall and long legged and they seem small. I felt my knees were hitting the dash and my head was close to the roof! Can anyone recommend a roomier model? My budget is 15-30K.

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Since there was a genuine threat that convertibles would be outlawed in the USA during 1970s, many manufacturers cut back or eliminated offerings. Since the 280SE 3.5 of 1971 (now available at stratospheric prices) the R107 SL-Class was the only convertible offered by Mercedes until the W124 E-Class of 1990-96. They're all awesome cars; photos below in sequence. Check out BenzWorld's dedicated forums for the latter two. The four-seat models are naturally a bit roomier than the SL.





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Marsden: You made my search much clearer. I'm assuming among the R107 series that the 560 is the largest and roomiest of them all. I'm not sure I "fit" in that style car and may have to look elsewhere? Thanks again for your help. You made it a lot easier to understand.

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I am just restoring 1998 SL500.
Comparing to 2008 Bluetec I bought for DW just months ago - the 1998 plastics are way stronger, soft top is fully operational and in good shape. (don't know if original).
Bottom line, car has dirty interior and deteriorating leather, but mechanically with almost 200k very strong runner.
Reading the forums lately, I am not the only one who bought the project for less than 2% of its original price.
People don't know how to deal with those cars, mechanics have long pens with estimates, so lot of owners get rid of them
But if you are good DIY or have VERY trusted mechanic, you can have very nice ride for pennies.
The "clock" mechanism on soft top is head turner every single time you activate it.


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Marsden: You made my search much clearer. I'm assuming among the R107 series that the 560 is the largest and roomiest of them all. I'm not sure I "fit" in that style car and may have to look elsewhere? Thanks again for your help. You made it a lot easier to understand.

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The various R107 models are about the same in interior space, though in the R107 forum I'm sure they know more about the effects of seat redesigns etc. I know when I owned an XK8 Jaguar, the later redesign of the seat made it plusher but actually cut into head- and legroom space a tiny bit. And there were some owners who installed lengthened seat tracks (runners) for additional legroom. For headroom, the best thing was to recline the seat a bit or just put the top down
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For somebody over six foot, I would have to say the 300 (w124) cabriolet is the clear choice. It is affordable, has legroom and head room, and is low numbers produced, which will make it a fair investment. IT is not all cheap plastic and complex computers, the way the newer cars are.

An R107 is pretty much the same size over all 18 years of production. The 560 may have been blessed with a telescoping wheel, but I doubt it. Seats will adjust down and back to allow longer people to fit ok.

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