Date registered: Jun 2010
Vehicle: 450slc5.0cab 280sl5sp 280se4.5 500seAMG +250seStkW108 350sl4spdX3 500secEuro
Location: Philadelphia Area
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You could also call the early US 350sl cars (107.044) “350sl 4.5” which, yes, are identical to the 1973 450sl. Some changes that occurred are VERY minimal, and I don’t believe any of them coincided with the switch in the badge:
- chrome shifter plate on the first ~2500 (of about 7000) 107.044 in 1972 (automatics only).
- metal blower cover on early cars, not sure, maybe the first 6-7000?
- brass overflow tank on most 1972 and 1973. Late 1973 (fictionally better as you can see through it) got plastic I think.
- late 1973 got ribbed horn pads with “integrated” horn buttons instead of the early plastic buttons with metal trim rings.
- very very late 1973 cars got the clock moved to instrument cluster from the center dash vent.
- 1972 and early 1973 had two piece seat belts where the lap belt was on a retractor, and the shoulder belt could be hung on a plastic clip on the b-pillar or clipped into the lap belt. I’d have to detach it to reach the glove box or pull up the fender antenna.
Full chrome grill stars continued on through 1974, maybe even 1975. I don know exactly when they switched to plastic.
My first MB was a very early 1973 107.044.12.00.7016, made in August 1972 I believe, and the datacard said “350sl”, and it had a brass tank, plastic blower cover, separate horn buttons, two piece belts, a 450sl badge, and 450sl on the 1973 title. Apparently the switchover was July 1972.
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