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Date registered: Jun 2010
Vehicle: 4Keep:450slc5.0cab 280sl5sp 280se4.5 500seAMG 2sell:500sl92 380se83 300se86 350sl4sp 75slc MorInSig
Location: Philadelphia Area
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Ready to drive anywhere. The most attractive version of this long run of the Mercedes-Benz r107 with the small bumpers as the car was originally designed, contoured front turn signals and vertical bumper guards paying tribute to the Pagoda SL.
Beautiful 1973 450sl with shiny black new-looking paint and a nearly flawless red interior with antique-style orange piping that contrasts the body amazingly. This is a very rare color combination. The seats and dash have no rips, cracks or damage whatsoever. The entire interior appears flawless, as you would expect from a collector condition Mercedes Benz.
I am only selling because I purchased a convertible that can seat three kids in the back.
My mechanic (who has restored a few Mercedes) verified that the car looks like a 70,000 mile car which was garage kept its whole life (and through my ownership). The odometer has always worked normally and the steering wheel appeared to have never been removed before I attempted to replace the instrument cluster gasket. So I am very confident that the mileage is correct.
RUST FREE with the exception of some very small bubbles on the bottom edge of the trunk lid under the paint (not broken through and been there as long as I have owned it). I found the cause of the water infiltration into the trunk lid via the 450sl badge which did not have the required rubber washers on two of the three badge pins. I installed the correct rubber washers and added silicone sealant too. No further water should get into the trunk lid and the rust progression in this trunk lid appears to be very slow or non existent. Trunk lids are easy to come by for these cars so there is no need to repair the small bubble contained to the trunk lid. Repairing them would require paint work, and this car has no blended paint and does not need a full paint job. So the decision has been made to leave the rust bubbles alone. If they were to turn into rot, the whole rink lid could be replaced easily and economically. As you can see from the extensive work on this car, the decision to not grind out the rust or replace the trunk lid and replace it is not a cost-cutting measure, but a decision to keep the paint as high-quality as possible without blending paint which would be required to attend to these small bubbles.
Work done in the last 3000 miles includes:
- timing chain
- timing chain tensioner
- metal-backed timing chain guides inspected ok
- new intake manifold gaskets
- new injector seals
- new fuel hoses
- new brake hoses
- new rear sway bar links
- new front sway bar links
- new motor mounts
- new control arm bushings
- new tie rod
- new front subframe bushings
- new control arm bushings
- new shocks
- new front wheel bearings
- new air conditioning compressor pulley
- waterproofed soft top which appears original
- Adjusted hardtop rear lock release cable (which is often responsible for hard tops getting stuck on these cars)
- Air conditioning vacuum tested for 72 hours (never losing any vacuum at all) and recharged and blowing as cold as 42 degrees F.
- new distributor cap and rotor
- new spark plug wires
- new spark plugs
- new ignition points
- new radiator / coolant hoses
- new aux air valve hose and gasket
- new shifter bushing
- new throttle linkage bushings
- new coolant just prior to 70,000 miles
- oil change and filter just prior to 70,000 miles.
- thorough full body rust inspection and treatment of minor surface rust found in the rectangular area on the passenger side of the trunk.
The tires, while not new, have plenty of tread and have no dry rot or cracking. The tires have never needed any significant air. They have no flat spots and ride smooth with no vibration. (I have several more sporty wheels for this car if the buyer is interested in purchasing them.). The car also come with four paint-free hubcaps since the black hubcaps on the car could use repainting.
The car was in an accident at some point, I was told by the previous owner that it was before he purchased it in ~1998. The radiator support appears to have been replaced, but the car tracks straight and has not needed any realignment in the 2.5 years since the alignment was done after the front suspension was all redone with new bushings and shocks.
I recommend coming to see the car in person but believe that any long distance purchaser would be very happy with the car.
Last edited by Fonzi; 06-22-2013 at 12:18 PM.