Always Remembered RIP
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: 1991 560SEC AMG
Location: Grass Valley, N. Calif. / Gardnerville, Nevada
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The 1972 and 1973 US SL had the slim good looking bumpers. Thos early pre-cat cars are very desirable if in good shape.
Unfotunately for anyone stuck with the US "railroad tie" bumpers, on their SL., the proper replacement bumpers like on Kirk's car are NOT going to be cheap or readily available in the USA.
The headlights in fact DO matter. While it may be a toss up which lights look better aesthetically, there is a BIG difference performance wise. The Euro lights are in fact better than the US DOT ones, in that they PERFORM better: brighter, crisper cut off, and throw a correct light pattern. Conversion to euro lights is the FIRST and best modification for owners of US spec. R107, W123, W124 and W126 owners to make.
I have had both set ups on my car and speak from personal experience, and the US -- DOT versions are really bad by comparison. Almost like night and day no pun intended.
Another thing about the Euro version 280 engine is that it is VERY athletic and a strong performer compared to the US version. It has a higher compression ratio, less restrictive exhaust and emissions set up built in, so you are way ahead of the game in terms of performance and economy.
It should perform as well or better than a US version 380SL for sure. SInce it's lighter, the car would be balanced better as well.
I drove the realtively heavy euro spec 280 SE W126 sedan (an '84) up and down Market street in San Francisco, and into the hills above, one time. It was amazing. Even a big sedan like this was VERY lively and quick, it performed REAL well. I couldn't believe it was a six cylinder engine in that
The 280 and 300 I-6 is a very nearly unburstable engine, one of Mercedes best efforts.