|04-28-2006, 08:16 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: 1972 Mercedes 350SL?
1972 350SL vs. 450SL
Hello everyone! I recently became the owner of a 1972 Mercedes and am not sure whether it is a 350sl or 450sl. It has 450 sl badges - but the car has been somewhat restored - not sure if they are original. From some research it appears that they did not start making the 450sl until 1973. Does anyone know if this is correct? Also how do I know what liter the motor is? It is definitely a v-8, just not sure whether it is the 3.5 or 4.5 (takes up most of the engine bay). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, does anyone know of a carfax type site for vehicles older than 1981?
Thanks in advance!
|04-28-2006, 08:32 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Date registered: Oct 2005
Vehicle: 1983 300TD Wagon, 1966 250SE Cab
In '72 the normal was to have a 4.5 engine on a car that was badged 350sl. It's possible the guy who "restored" it didn't know that and put the 450sl badge on because he thought that was right.
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|04-28-2006, 08:41 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: Mercedes 600
Location: San Francisco,CA / Middlebury,CT
I like how the 1972 SLs had that unique steering wheel with the separate, chrome surrounded horn pads.
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|04-28-2006, 03:20 PM||#5 (permalink)|
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Post your VIN, or otherwise visit a site or such to determine accurately. You can call MBUSA classic center with your vin and they can reproduce your datacard for you (was free, may still be). If a US designated import, they can even replicate the monroney sticker for your car...
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|06-11-2006, 10:24 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 1973 450SL
350 vs 450
I own a 73 450SL and all the external badging indicates 450. However, the data card that I got from MBZ Classic center says that it was a 350SL build. Built in 7/72 but sold as a 73.
|06-11-2006, 01:37 PM||#7 (permalink)|
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Date registered: Mar 2006
Vehicle: 2002 C32 AMG
Location: The OC, California
My family purchased one of the first 350SL's to come stateside in early 1972. The way it was explained to me was this: Mercedes had some problems with the copyright issues with the "450SL" nominclature. By 1973 the issues had been worked out and the designation changed. My family's 350SL most definately had the 4.5 liter V8 and was as quick as a bat out of hell.
Unfortunately, it became Mom's car and she wanted it restored with the 450SL badging. What Mom wants, Mom gets.
|09-21-2013, 02:41 PM||#8 (permalink)|
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Date registered: Sep 2007
Vehicle: 4 - Pontons, 220SEB, 230SL, 350SL Euro, 380SL, 560SL, 560SEC, CLK430 Cabriolet, E500 Wagon
Location: N. Canton, OH
A true 350SL has the model designation 107043 (the first 6 digits of the VIN) etc and a 450SL has the designation 107044. The 107043's were not brought to the USA but you'll sometimes find one, as they were grey market. I own a '75 model (same as '72) with the high compression 3.5 litre engine and 4 speed manual transmission. These produced 200 HP; the lower-compression 450SL brought to the USA for smog reasons produced 195 HP. The Euro 350SL is easy to spot by the flat headlights instead of sealed beams. M-B never brought manual trannny 107 SL's to the USA.
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