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Radio blind plate - anyone using it?

As these cars were very expensive in their time I presume not many were delivered without a radio installed. Which would suggest a 350 SL radio blind plate being a somewhat unusual part. I was lucky to find one, in the right colour, at a local auction site - and as there cannot be more than maybe a couple of red interior R107: s in Sweden and even fewer with owners to spot the auction I got it almost for free. The seller had worked at the authorized MB dealership here in Sweden in the 60ies and 70ies and among other things he installed radios. He kept this blind plate because he found it nice (most plates were just thrown away). We tried to find out if it actually came from my car but it was not - as he had worked at another town in the timespan of my cars arrival to the country.

In the 1971 catalogue there is a picture showing one installed and I have also found an early publicity picture with one.

My car has two Hirschmann electric operated antennas (it had a CB radio in its early life to explain the second one...). Which would make me using my blind plate sort of strange. But it is nice to have it - for "completeness".

Anyone using a radio blind plate here?
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Nice find. Over here we'd probably refer to it as a "radio delete" plate or cover. In all honestly I never knew it existed until you posted a pic. Cool to have but I doubt few are being used...at least here in the US.
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Weirdo Europeans optioning cars without radios, aircon, and even cruise control!

Totally unrelated: My UK Prius came without cruise control. WHY?! The parts only cost like $60 and it took me less than an hour to go from nothing to cruising.

And don't try and spin it as not having enough a lot of places to drive to. If you go onto a motorway or even a limited access road you have an excuse to use cruise control to save on that already horribly expensive gas. Even if the trip is only 30 minutes long!

Anyway, cool part. Definitely one of a kind :P
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Weirdo Europeans optioning cars without radios, aircon, and even cruise control!

Totally unrelated: My UK Prius came without cruise control. WHY?! The parts only cost like $60 and it took me less than an hour to go from nothing to cruising.

And don't try and spin it as not having enough a lot of places to drive to. If you go onto a motorway or even a limited access road you have an excuse to use cruise control to save on that already horribly expensive gas. Even if the trip is only 30 minutes long!

Anyway, cool part. Definitely one of a kind :P
Haha! Well we do like to drive our cars over here - manual gearbox prefered, etc. For instance we do like proper functioning brakes on all wheels - as we would like to be able to brake repeatable. Even several times a day .

I have had some 60ies and early 70ies US hobby cars over the years and I have loved them. Still do. I have always had to get the suspension upgraded for actual road use and proper brakes fitted - though. But they all came with a radio, AC and most of them cruise control and automatic gearbox. (edit) - and with a gazillion of horsepower - sort of "all dressed up and nowhere to go". I was into the street racing scene in the late 80ies and early 90ies - and I always got rid of the radio, AC, cruise control, etc.

Cudas, Novas and a Fairlane, etc. has been in my garage. Different car cultures galore. I love them all - US/Italian/German cars. They all have their quirks. Or more politely put - are products of the environment where they were produced.

Did someone notice I did not mention British cars... I had a car with a Lucas lighting system and a weird positive ground...

Swedish cars on the other hand are perfect in every way. That is an universal truth.
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Did someone notice I did not mention British cars... I had a car with a Lucas lighting system and a weird positive ground...
I had a few British cars with the infamous Lucas electrical system...


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i like to cut and steel chunks from british cars LOL

radio delete plates are rare, took me a long LONG time to track one down for my 58 ford, only ever came across one cuda with a delete , but a few darts, my 69 cuda i made my own but that dash is custom while stock looking

the euro guys like to HEAR the car more than the radio, meanwhile over here we make the cars louder than the radio

that plate is pretty trick, no suprise they got tossed being just a slab of wood with an emblem in it
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As these cars were very expensive in their time I presume not many were delivered without a radio installed. Which would suggest a 350 SL radio blind plate being a somewhat unusual part. I was lucky to find one, in the right colour, at a local auction site - and as there cannot be more than maybe a couple of red interior R107: s in Sweden and even fewer with owners to spot the auction I got it almost for free. The seller had worked at the authorized MB dealership here in Sweden in the 60ies and 70ies and among other things he installed radios. He kept this blind plate because he found it nice (most plates were just thrown away). We tried to find out if it actually came from my car but it was not - as he had worked at another town in the timespan of my cars arrival to the country.

In the 1971 catalogue there is a picture showing one installed and I have also found an early publicity picture with one.

My car has two Hirschmann electric operated antennas (it had a CB radio in its early life to explain the second one...). Which would make me using my blind plate sort of strange. But it is nice to have it - for "completeness".
A beautiful find, and maybe one day it will find its way back into the console.
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