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How rare are these cars with manuals? I have seen a few and they have all been grey market. Mostly 280SL, one 500SL. Has anyone driven one or own onw? How does it change the feel of the car? Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks<br>
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I own a 1980 280 SL with a 4 speed manual. Had now for 16 years, 151K miles on it now. It has been a great car - fuel pump relay and a water pump I think has been it for repairs. Original clutch , exhaust system, shocks, and the motor and tranny have never been touched. Runs great, no smoke - I still get it up to 125 mph now and then. I bought it after driving several 380 and 450 Sl and found them too sluggish. The twin cam 280 motor is one helluva motor when couple to the manual trans. Fun car. I put a new top on it last year - look almost new when all shined up. hope this helps.
 

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I just picked up an '83 280sl Euro and the only reason why I bought the Euro was for the 5 speed. Th manual tranny gives you more control over the accelleration and gives it a sportier feel. It tends to clunk a little, but replacing the rear flex plate (about $250 w/ labor) fixes that. I get a lot of kudos and suprised looks from 107 enthusiast when they see the stick. For that alone, worth it.
 

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I'm trying to do a transmission swap for my 380SL... and I've heard that the w107 transmission could fit my car. Does anyone have experience with it? If it doesn't fit, what's the best one to try to find and adapt?

thanks!!!
 

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I do not understand. The 380 SL is a R107, therefore, the transmission will fit. Are you trying to install an earlier or later transmission to an older M116?

If you are thinking of changing from an automagic to a manual, then you will have to make a few adjustments. You will want a three pedal system, enhanced hydraulic bits, a better fitted drive shaft, and some magic done to a few vacuum lines.
 

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Hi all!



I'm trying to do a transmission swap for my 380SL... and I've heard that the w107 transmission could fit my car. Does anyone have experience with it? If it doesn't fit, what's the best one to try to find and adapt?



thanks!!!


There was no offering from MB for the ~1980-1985 m116 (3.8) or m117 (5.0) or the 1986+ m116 (4.2) or m117 (5.6). AMG (pre MB acquisition aka “pre-merger” made a custom bell housing to mate those 1980-1985 motors to the getrag 265 but there are less than a dozen of them documented I believe.

The 1980 and earlier iron-block style v8 cars were much easier to mate to a MB manual trans from a 350sl or 350slc, or w116 350se(l) or even the ultra rare manual w109 300sel 4.5. @mbfool even converted one of these 4-speed transmissions to an OD 5-speed by canibalizing a 5-speed from a 6-cylinder and using its parts to make the v8 4-speed a 5-speed. Nice work!
 
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