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About 450SL (107)

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I was wondering if the year of a 450SL varies it's price as a classic. Notice, in the first years of the 450SL, the radio was different, it did not have the plastic which looked like wood included, plus some other details. When it comes to selling a 450SL, which is considered the most outstanding vehicle when it comes to the 107 convertible era, does the year affect the price? I ask this as I know two different cases, two different owners with two different 450SL, if both of them intended to sell their vehicles in the future, how would they differ?
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AFAIK Mercedes used real wood in R107.

If we are talking about US models:
HP declined throughout the production years, so earlier would be more powerful.

Also MY 72-73 had original shorter bumpers (although with added guards). Extended bumpers in later model years killed the looks...

Addition of catalytic converters not only reduced the HP, but also created a lot of overheating problems in engine bay (I think those are 75-76 MY, but not sure) until cats were moved downstream later. Those MY must be avoided.

By the way, who is considering the 450SL "the most outstanding vehicle of the era"? I mean it was ok, but nothing out of the earth, especially US model with low compression engine and other "performance" mods....

If I was shopping for R107, I would _only_ look at european grey market - higher compression engines, shorter bumpers, availability of stick shift etc.

The bottom line those are solid cars with not much of a classic car value, so they just have to be driven and enjoyed rather than kept in the garage...

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