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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2016, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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1973 VIN help

I have what I thought was a 73 450sl. A service shop in the know said that I have a 350sl. Can some one help with vin and build date? What differentiates the cars?
10704412006176
build date 7/72

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You have to go by the engine number. The VIN's on the SL's are not always definitive as most US cars had the smogged 450's even though they might be badged as 350's.
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104044 is a 450SL USA. 12 is left Hand Drive and Automatic Trans. 006176 is the MB production Number.

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Volume production of the first R107 car, the 350 SL, started in April 1971 alongside the last of the W113 cars; the 350 SLC followed in October. Sales in North America began in 1972, and cars wore the name 350 SL, but had a larger 4.5L V8 (and were renamed 450 SL for model year 1973);


maybe your mech is confused by this.
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maybe your mech is confused by this.
What? Somebody can be confused by the way Germanic vehicles are enumerated?

Say it ain't so!
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thanks for all of the help. This is my first foray into vintage Mercedes. I received the data tag from Mercedes Benz classics. Its a 73 350sl with 4.5 motor badged as 450sl. I will try to post some pictures
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