The Mercedes-Benz W107 series (R107 for roadster and C107 for the coupé) was produced from 1971 to 1989. In those years nearly 237,000 were made.
Production began with the 350SL (and SLC) in 1971. In 1973, the 450 SL (C) was introduced with 225 hp (5000 rpm) and 378 Nm (3000 rpm). At the time of the Energy Crisis in 1973, Mercedes decided to introduce a fuel efficient model: the 280 SL (C) had a six-cylinder engine with 185 hp and 238 Nm (4500 rmp). In 1980, the 500 SL (C) hit the market, with a 5.0 liter and four-speed automatic transmission. After 1981 Mercedes stopped production of the SLC models.
In order to be able to sell the 350 SL in the USA, Mercedes had to make some adjustments to meet with American emissions standards. This resulted in a 4.5 liter V8 engine that produced 217 hp at 5000 rpm and 360 Nm at 3250 rpm. Due to the high torque, the car was equipped with an automatic transmission. A European version of the 450 SL, with 225 hp at 5000 rpm and 378 Nm at 3000 rpm, was available from 1973.
Mercedes-Benz 450 SL
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