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1987 500SL US vs Euro info request

I read that the Euro 85 500SLís had aluminum components in the engine,(aluminum block?) and is an optimal version of the 107. Was the 87 500SL also a grey market car ? I thought the rectangular headlights might be an indicator but I may have found one locally but it has twin round headlamps. Did they make 87ís here in the states?
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I read that the Euro 85 500SLís had aluminum components in the engine,(aluminum block?) and is an optimal version of the 107. Was the 87 500SL also a grey market car ? I thought the rectangular headlights might be an indicator but I may have found one locally but it has twin round headlamps. Did they make 87ís here in the states?
Mercedes never made any cars in the stated back then. All 107 500SL's in the states were grey market imports.

A grey market import would have large bumpers and round headlights fitted to get them into the states. Many people change these back to the European equipment once they are through the DOT inspection.

Very few 86+ 500SL's ever were grey market imported into the stated due to clamping down of regs.

As far as I know all 500SL's were Aluminum alloy blocks.

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Your '85 380SL is also an alloy block.

I don't know if the 500SL is the "optimal" 107. Highest HP maybe but optimal?
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Your '85 380SL is also an alloy block.

I don't know if the 500SL is the "optimal" 107. Highest HP maybe but optimal?
I read this somewhere else, but the euro 500SL had the better exhaust headers and downstreaming versus the 560SL which contributed to more go-go.

Now, the SL Shop in the UK has lovingly fitted a 560SL with the proper euro exhaust set ups which make the 560sl the "better" option.

They also have a 6 speed manual option that they put onto their cars when rich people want to customize them. I'll be honest, I'd love to know what transmission they're putting into these.
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