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Mercedes-Benz R107

Mercedes-Benz R107 Published: 3rd May 2016 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Mercedes-Benz R107
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• VALUES SOARING FOR GOOD ONES • HUGE CHOICE • SUPPORT

WHY BUY?

If you after a high quality cultured GT that’s safe, solid and can even be used as a daily driver, then few cars tick all the boxes like a Mercedes R107 SL. Made how a Mercedes should be, they are almost unbreakable if looked after.

DRIVING

Despite that well worn tag ‘Mercedes Sports’ these cars are better suited to graceful touring rather than out and out hot hatchback chasing. As ever with a Mercedes, automatic transmission is virtually a must but happily it’s tailor made for the SL’s touring attitude.

WHAT TO PAY

2+2 SLCs with their longer wheelbases cheapest; some believe set to become particularly collectable. The days of bargain are coming to an end. Top SLs have rocketed of late; £25,000 common. Sounds dear but you get what you pay for.

BODY AND CHASSIS

Cars built after 1976 benefited from improved rustproofing, post 1980 featured wax injection; 1986 featured wheelarch liners and galvanised bodies. Start by checking the air intakes at the base of the windscreen. Repairs here are tricky. On pre-1980 cars, take a look at the sub-frame.

ENGINES

The six-cylinder units can corrode internally. Cars built between 1972 and ’76 can also suffer from EFI problems.

TRANSMISSIONS

Pre-1975 SLs feature a fluid flywheel transmission and can give trouble, expect to pay £1500 for things to right.

RUNNING GEAR:

Dampers go soft over time and this usually isn’t picked up on – expect to pay around £1000 for a set of four fitted. All SLs came with power steering. Once 80-90,000 miles have been racked up the box can show some wear but this can usually be adjusted out.

BEST MODEL? 300SL
WORST MODEL? 450SL
BUDGET BUY? 380SL
OK FOR UNLEADED? Yes
SPARES SITUATION? Excellent
DIY EASE? Good aside from electrics
CLUB SUPPORT? Very good
APPRECIATING ASSET? Always in strong demand



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