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SL Caught FIRE Whats Your Guess?

Local Southern Manatee Fire Dept. Were called to this fire in Bradenton, FL. Is there a past with this older SL model? No story was given.... just these pictures.
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I'll go with the obvious

Ruptured fuel line!

As to where on the engine I don't know.

It looks like a 70"s model V8, perhaps a 450SL.

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I agree a ruptured fuel line could cause it to go up that fast.

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Older r107's had the cat converter under the hood- I kid you not. They did cause fires.
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Whoa, glad I got my fuel leak repaired today (although the leak was at the fuel tank and pump). I though it would've only been a $20 job, or so. Ended up paying $140, split half between labour and parts.


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This could very well be a US spec 1975 or 1976 car, these were the first with catalytic converters, and Mercedes installed them under the hood, next to the manifold, and due to the extreme underhood heat generated by this set up, there were many fires like this one.

The burning vehicle in the picture appears to be a US spec car (from the US spec. headlight wipers on it) but with euro headlights on it

Mercedes recognized this problem in the US '75 and '76 cars and addressed it by moving the catalysts downstream beginning with the 1977 models, and that problem was then eliminated.

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I think it's a Euro spec car. It has the smaller bumpers like the non us cars.

Could have been a bad job of federalizing though. When I had my 1982 BMW 323i (grey market) I learned first hand how a terrible job of federalizing can turn a great car into a piece of crap!

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I'll go with the obvious

Ruptured fuel line!

As to where on the engine I don't know.

It looks like a 70"s model V8, perhaps a 450SL.

Agree,

1 Fire centered on flexible fuel lines ( you can see them in pic 1)
2 Fire under car fuel spilling out the bottom of vehicle.
3 Cat is on the other side of engine(us spec).
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Maybe the owner was having problems with the original engine and swapped it with a Ford engine. That would explain why it caught fire!
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did use R107s even have headlight wipers? how would they work with the two bulbs?
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