Really a 450: 1972 Mercedes-Benz R107 350SL – Sold!
Launched in North America for the 1972 model year, the totally redesigned R107 version of the Mercedes-Benz two-seat luxury sports car came labeled as a 350SL such as this example on Craigslist in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania actually came equipped with the bigger 4.5L V8. The current caretaker of this 65K original example is just dropped his price three thousand dollars to $8,500 for it and a quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their SL priced between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $13,100 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $5,700
Mercedes-Benz launched the R107 SL Roaster and C107 SLC Coupe in North America for the 1972 model year. Replacing its “Pagoda Roof” W113 predecessor, the R107 remained in production in various forms (based mainly on the power plant underhood) through 1989. The R107 and C107 took the chassis components of the mid-size Mercedes-Benz W114 model and mated them initially to the M116 and M117 V8 engines used in the W108, W109, and W111 series to make a wonderfully luxurious and adequately powered roadster. When sales commenced in North America for 1972, the SL roadsters such as this example name 350 SL, however, they were actually equipped with Mercedes’ larger 4.5L V8 mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. U.S. cars sold from 1972 through 1975 used the Bosch D Jetronic fuel injection system, an early electronic engine management system.
Between the classic color combination, pre-safety bumper design, and a 3.5L V8, there’s a lot to like about this 350SL. Cosmetically, the only thing that disappoints us is the use of what appears to be red electrical tape to hold the section of center console between the seat together and a worn steering wheel cover. Both are relatively easily addressed by quality replacement parts that will bring the interior back in the line of what appears to be an excellent exterior. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Beautiful low mileage Mercedes Benz actual 350SL. Not the 350 that was actually a 450SL . Brand new convertible top just installed professionally. Hard top in great condition. A very clean car for its age. Check out the pics and give me a call.“
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