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I am looking to replace the driver side door in my 72 350SL US model. I found one on craigslist and it’s rust free and looks ok but I saw that the safety bar inside the door is broken. I originally told him that I’d pass on it but he wrote back and said it was something only done in the US.

Wondering if that’s true or not and if it is, how effective and needed could it really be if they didn’t put these in Euro cars. Seems like a cheap thing to do if it really made the car safer. If the consensus is it’s just fluffy US “safety” bullshit I think i’ll just have it cut out and go for it but if you guys think it’s important than i’ll take your advice and just wait for a better door. I heard about the 85 MPH speedo supposedly to help on fuel economy on another thread so I guess i’m just wondering if this bar is something like that, where it doesn’t really make a difference but was just put there to satisfy state or federal laws.
 

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The door bar provides little advantage and that advantage would only occur with a specfic collision in a specific manner with a specfic force with in a range of "more than" a certain amount of energy but "less than" another certain amount of energy.
 

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my question would be "what broke it?"
He said one too many hard door slams. A “divorce inspiring slam” was how he put it. haha. It doesn’t make sense to have been in a crash, had the skin replaced but left the bar half attached inside so I think it’s all good. It’s only $100 and is just the metal of the door, nothing more which is fine and really I have a 72 and they don’t have those safety bars in them so essentially it’s more stock this way anyways. This guy is even willing to deliver so I’m just going to go for it. I’ve lost $100 worse ways many times before ;)
 

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A picture would be great, but I don't recall any strengthening bar on my Euro. The prices is super reasonable so I'd take the plunge anyways. Lastly, great that you're fixing the old lady!
 

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He sent a ton of pictures. First one is the bar that’s busted. He’s going to cut it out for me.

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Go for it - the clips on top of the door to hold the chrome trim in place are like $20 alone, and the exterior chrome trip is another $80 quid so $100 for a rotten-free door is a very sweet deal if you ask me :D
 

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The Euro cars did not have the door bar. That was a US thing
 

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yes I could weld it if I had a welder or knew someone that did. If it was in all cars I would go pay someone for that as i’m sure it wouldn’t cost that much but since my 72 never had it in the first place and they were never added to Euro cars i’m opting for it to just be cut out.
 
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