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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-08-2009, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Parts and trim availability for W114 coupe

Hi folks - Mercedes newbie here. I've been looking at R107s, which I know are very different cars, but a 1974 280C caught my eye and has me wondering about parts availability. Relatively speaking you can shake any random tree and R107 parts will fall from the sky and the model is really well supported. My guess is that this is not the case for the W114s, but again I'm a newbie and I could be totally wrong. Any guidance for me here?

I'm looking for a car that would be good to drive on long distance touring events, including a fair bit of mountain road work. I know the long distance part shouldn't be an issue with a sorted out car, but how about hustling the car along twisty roads compared to say a 1974 450 SL or SLC?

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Parts availability is not as good, as you suspected, but 114s and 107s actually share a lot of parts (bumpers, steering/front suspension). In general, anything you need to keep a 114 on the road is readily available. It's a bit trickier to find some trim items and decent sheet metal. If you like the car, I wouldn't hesitate on that score.

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Thanks for the fast response. Any comments on how they drive in comparison to an early 107? I know there isn't a substitute for driving a bunch of them, but can the 114's be set up for fast road use or should I be thinking more cruiser? Are upgraded shocks and rollbars available?


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The /8 cars (W114, W115) had a new suspension design. It was sufficiently goos that it was used in the R107 for the next 17 years or so. So I think they would handle quite well as a road car. Track car.... Hmmmm.
The largest engine was the M110 DOHC 2.8 kitre, which probably can't compete with the V8s used in the R107s.
That said, the 280s are still a nice, lively car to drive. I had a 'improved' one, a 1971 sedan retrofitted to look like a 1976. I have since bought an original condition 1969 230 Automatic sedan, which is quite sedate by comparison.
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It would also be tough to compare for the R107 is a roadster. Not as comfortable (ride) as a W114. But if you want better handling and power, R107 is the way to go.

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Just sold my r107 500sl in favour of a w115 (children!) and although I love both cars it sounds like you need the 107... they'll easily keep up with modern cars and if nothing else you can at least take the roof down!
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