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Nicely done, but I hate when you read all these details that sound great, and then you read that the writer thinks that the 560 was more powerful than the 500.

It is a great resource. I haven't seen anything that put together the year modifications like that.

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I like these long write-ups that freshen up the reminiscence.

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"many 107 fans feel the round U.S. lights provide a nice outward curve to the car’s front profile that complements its overall shape more than the flat-sided Euro lights do."


But this is kind of ok...

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How can we nominate this to become a sticky on the EGV107???

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How can we nominate this to become a sticky on the EGV107???

Have you read a post in the EGv107?

Nominate an Engine Assembly & Engine Management thread This link leads to an open thread for nominating a worthy thread for inclusion.

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Frankly, although this is our second SL (the first was a 1960 190SL), it's our first 107, and I have never made a study of these cars. As such, I couldn't comment on whether the article in the link is entirely correct in it's content, but I did enjoy reading about the chronology of the series and looking at all the pics. Thanks for sharing!
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All that research you'd think that get the title right for starters.

First model year was 1971 not 1972.

They should also make a point of mentioning that only the US got single row chains on some 380's.

And this line "With the exception of Benz’s own 600 series limousine (produced in low volume from 1963 to 1981), the third generation enjoyed the longest production span in SL history, making it one of the most recognizable Mercedes models ever."
How can a 600 Grosser be an exception in the "SL history?". Also it's actually the G-Wagen that had a longer model run, not the W100.

And this one "The 350SLC was also introduced for 1972 in the U.S. and abroad. The SL's wheelbase was stretched to accomodate a rear seat in hardtop coupe form only. Note the flush aero headlights on this U.K. market ad."
The US market never got the 350SLC.

And this "Dubbed internally as the “107 body” by company engineers, these SLs spanned 18 model years in the United States and abroad without body panel changes of any kind."
Without the "of any kind" at the end I'd probably let it go... but do different doors count? Remodelled front guards (fenders/wings) to accomodate vacuum controlled headlights? They may not be what they had in mind, but they are changes of some kind.

In response to the global 1973-74 fuel crisis, additional 280SL and SLC models were added for the European market for 1975. Powered by a dual-overhead camshaft 6-cylinder gasoline engine of 2.8 liters, buyers could select a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. What happened to the 4-speed manual? It was standard on all 280SL's up to 011568

All 107-body SL convertibles came with a removable hard top as shown here. These were installed on the car after the soft top was stowed under a hard tonneau cover. no they didn't. The hardtop was initially an option on the Euro cars.

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Maybe not totally, technically correct but it is nice reading nonetheless. Lots of good pictures.

There are also many old SL commercials you can find on youTube. I find them enjoyable and sometimes informative.

Be forwarned, some are in German (no problem for me though).
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