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SL PRODUCTION

The Mercedes-Benz 107 SL "R 107" for "Reihe" (series) was a two-seat open roadster produced by Mercedes-Benz with various engines. Distribution 1971 to 1989.

In October 1970 Mercedes presented the 350 SL, an open-top two-seat Roadster as successor to the 230/250/280 SL line featuring a 3.5 litre V8, as its name implies, and code-named Mercedes-Benz R107. The 107 model stayed in production until 1989, when it was finally superseded by the R129 SL.

The U.S. market imported the R107 ranging from the in-line 6 cylinder 280 to precisely double that - with the 560 V8 1986-89 and its exclusive 5.6 L V8 engine.

bullet Badged 350 SL 4.5L 1972
bullet the 450 SL 4.5L 1972-1980
bullet the 380 SL 3.8L 1981-1985
bullet the 560 SL 5.6L 1986-1989

With the introduction in 1971 the 4.5 liter was first badged as a "350 SL" (230 hp) when it became available in the USA (the designation 350SL for the US market was designed to fool the German market who did not have access to the larger engine. In October 1972 the official tag "450SL" began being installed on US cars). The 350/450SL was a rather low compression 4.5 liter engine (230 hp SAE, later reduced down in stages for fuel economy and to meet US emission control laws where the final 1980 models sported 160 hp SAE)

Later, a higher compression 450 SL (250 hp SAE) was made accessible to Europeans and followed by the 280 SL with a fuel-injected six (185 hp), in wake of the first fuel crisis by the "economy".

SLC PRODUCTION

bullet In the US from 1973 the 350 rebadged 450 SLC in 1974-1980
bullet from 1981-1985 was the 380 SLC when oil prices became a concern
bullet In Europe there were 280/350/450/450-5.0/500 SLCs

SLC production reached 7.000 units in good years, with the United States absorbing the majority. The most collectible version is the 450 SLC 5.0 of 1978, the first Mercedes-Benz car with the new light alloy 5.0-litre engine and hood (bonnet) and trunk (boot) lid both aluminum.

Mercedes Benz 107 European Models

European models of the 107 offered more performance horsepower than U.S. models from the beginning.

bullet the 5.0-litre model (240bhp) making its debut in 1981
bullet the 220bhp 380SL replaced the 350SL and was produced into 1986
bullet fall of 1986 brought on changes including revised engines and a line-up consisting of the
bullet 300SL (188bhp),
bullet 420SL (218bhp),
bullet 500 SL (245bhp) and
bullet 560 SL (300bhp) special-order, though the U.S. 560 model only produced around 240bhp.

Nearly 237,400 Mercedes R107's were produced over the 18-year period of production, two-thirds of these were imported into the USA with their bigger bumpers and round headlights.

The more powerful 500SL with 5.0 liter engine, produced from 1980-1989, was not available in the U.S. through Mercedes-Benz but it was popular in the "gray market" prior to the arrival of the 560SL (only made for the USA and Australian markets) 1986-1989.

The last 107 made, a 1989 500SL painted Astral Silver, resides in the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

The 107 chassis had the longest run of any Mercedes chassis, 18 years from 1971 to 1989. Some 237,000 107 chassis SL's were built. About two thirds were sold in the US. The earliest 107, the 1971 350 SL, sold for about $11,000. Eighteen years later, the last 107 model, the 560SL, sold for about $64,000.

The 450 SL was produced until 1980. Some 450 SLs suffered from vapor lock and hard re-start because of the position of the catalytic converter.

 Mercedes Benz R107 Production Numbers

 

Mercedes SL 107 Production

Model

Years

Chassis #

Engine #HP

Produced

280SL

1974-85

107042

I6, 177-185 hp

25,436

300SL

1985-89

107041

I6, 180-188 hp

13,742

350SL

1971-80

107043

V8, 230hp

15,304

380SL

1980-85

107045

V8, 155hp

53,200

420SL

1985-89

107047

V8, 204-218hp

2,148

450SL

1973-80

107044

V8, 230-160hp

66,298

500SL

1980-89

107046

V8, 240 -245 hp

11,812

560SL

1985-89

107048

V8, 227hp

49,347

TOTAL SL PRODUCTION 237,287

 

Mercedes SLC 107 Production

Model

Years

Chassis #

Engine #HP

Produced

280SLC

1974-81

107022

I6, 177-185 hp

10,666

350SLC

1972-80

107023

 

13,925

380SLC

1980-81

107025

 

3,789

450SLC

1972-80

107024

 

31,739

500SLC

1980-81

107026

 

2,769

<< Underlined SL Figures are European Models

European models have thinner bumpers, square

headlights, manual climate controls & were available

with manual transmission.

TOTAL SLC PRODUCTION 62,888

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