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So I am restoring my 560SL to a daily driver that will also maintain its value. My cars stereo is not fully functional and needs to be replaced. Is there real value in making sure a replacement is a period correct Becker or is a good modern stereo (that doesn’t change colors, or flash and spin blazing fireworks) going to not deter from its value?

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A original correct part number radio would add value to your car if its in concourse or near concourse condition. However it will only add as much value as the cost of a replacement original radio. So save your old radio in the closet somewhere for the day you win the lottery and decide to bring your car back to original condition. A period correct radio of the incorrect part number or one removed from a BMW wont do anything for the cars value.
 

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A original correct part number radio would add value to your car if its in concourse or near concourse condition. However it will only add as much value as the cost of a replacement original radio. So save your old radio in the closet somewhere for the day you win the lottery and decide to bring your car back to original condition. A period correct radio of the incorrect part number or one removed from a BMW wont do anything for the cars value.
For me, It's not so much the radio change itself but the manner in which it was installed. Was it done cleanly or is it a hack job? I won't know until I get in there and poke around.
 

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My solution:

I bought a wiring harness that plugs into my original becker mexico. it replaces the factory amp and allows you to pair modern high power speakers. Plug and play, no cutting

It's on my list of projects to tackle.

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I personally don't care to listen to the radio while driving.
If I were looking at purchasing an R107, as long as the aftermarket radio didn't look hideous or appeared to be a hack job install.
 

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For me it doesn’t matter. I’m usually the guy buying the cheap fixer uppers so radio is the last thing I’m looking at
 

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I fondly remember my mother's 1974 450 SLC that she got in the late 1970's. Smooth car, and of course original, given when she bought it. Would've tried to buy it from her if the floorpan hadn't gotten dangerously rusty. My mechanic buddy's father also recently bought a 450 SL, I believe a 1975. Not sure which radio that one had in it. Neither of these cars were show cars, but rather daily drivers.

Had my mother's 450 SLC not had the rust problem, I probably would have it today. The radio would've gotten changed out to something a lot more modern. Since I'm a former USAF electronics technician and a bit of an audiophile, I would've done the installation myself, so it would've been done properly. Would I have kept the original radio? I'm not that sentimental, personally. The car would've been my daily driver, not a show piece.
 

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I personally don't care to listen to the radio while driving.
If I were looking at purchasing an R107, as long as the aftermarket radio didn't look hideous or appeared to be a hack job install.
Solid thinking. I tend to listen to CD's with my choice of music rather than that of some DJ. and that usually when only tooling around town. Once on the highway, loud music competing with wind noise is not my cup of tea so the stereo is switched off. I also agree that as long as the look in the dash is acceptable, who cares?
 

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A daily driver?

Does the OEM radio add value?

LOL. NO.

I have driven my SL a lot....with many long road trips.

I want great sound and don't really care what it looks like as long as I get great sound.

When the day comes that you want to sell your SL....I doubt the radio will be a deal breaker.
 

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So I am restoring my 560SL to a daily driver that will also maintain its value. My cars stereo is not fully functional and needs to be replaced. Is there real value in making sure a replacement is a period correct Becker or is a good modern stereo (that doesn’t change colors, or flash and spin blazing fireworks) going to not deter from its value?

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I had a friend that lost a perfect 300 due to an aftermarket radio shorting out and sett the car afire---those damned bullet connectors cause shorts if not soldered. Use the original connectors .
 

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I had a friend that lost a perfect 300 due to an aftermarket radio shorting out and sett the car afire---those damned bullet connectors cause shorts if not soldered. Use the original connectors .
Sounds like there's more to the story. What happened to the fuse?
 

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I absolutely loved my factory radio with Bluetooth. No one will ever know about the Bluetooth unless you tell them. Guys in Ft Lauderdale did mine. You can find them in the Star Magazine.
 

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What puts me off also about most aftermarket radios:
Not user friendly. Not ergonomically designed. Some have 2 different buttons for the On / OFF functions. Buttons too small and badly labelled. Some displays are irritating, constantly changing. Becker radiuos have a cool, clear design and are easy to operate. When I want to hear lots of dezibels I go to the disco - don't need to have it in the car.
 

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The radio is so relatively easy to swap out in a 107 that I think it affects value of the vehicle very little if at all.
 

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I swapped the Becker for a Panasonic, but saved the Becker for the next owner. HD FM was not a thing when my 560SL was built.
 
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