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Date registered: Aug 2008
Vehicle: 1974 450SL and a 2009 Subaru Legacy
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This is a highly subjective question. My preference is for 1972 and 1973 for purely the style of the smaller bumpers. Next in line would be a 1974 because of the better performance and lack of smog controls. The earlier cars also have less electronics and other features, which in my mind is fewer things that can go wrong.
Realize, I may be in the minority here. I think the most members here would advice the newest model possible for reasons of reliability (the newer the components the less likely they are to break,) gas mileage and comforts.
I am most leary of 1975 and 1976 models because of the catalytic converter in the engine compartment, which as I understand, can cause excessive heat to wires, components, etc. Of course owners of those models would be more knowledgeable than me.
The 1977 model year is another one I like because of the lack of automatic climate control, which is very expensive to have repaired. The manual climate control can have issues, but from what I know will be more durable and less expensive to repair. The automatic climate control will break, and when it does it will cost upwards of $1,500 to fix. The ACC was added in 1978.