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Mercedes SL 1971












Mercedes SL/SLC (R 107/C 107)
EngineV eight-cylinder 90° (M 117)
Displacement3499/4520 cm³
Bore * stroke92 * 65,8/85 mm
Cylinder blockCast iron
Engine control2*OHV, chain, towing lever
Mixture preparationD-Jetronic, K-Jetronic (1976)
Torque286/378 Nm at 4000/3000 rpm
Max. power147/165 kW (200/225 HP)
Rated speed4750 rpm
TransmissionFour-speed, three-speed-automatic (optional starting in 1973) / just three-speed-automatic
Front SuspensionDouble wishbone
Length4390/4750 mm
Width1700/1790 mm
Height1300/1330 mm
Top speed210 - 215 km/h
Manufacturing period1971 - 1980

Mercedes SL (R 107)
EngineV eight-cylinder (M 117)
Displacement3818 / 4196 / 5025/4973 / 5547 cm³
Bore * stroke92*72 / 92*79 / 98*88/96,5*85 / 96,5*94,8 mm
Torque315/330/404/366 Nm at 3280/3750/3200/4000 rpm
Max. power160/160/176/176/167 kW (218/218/240/240/227 HP)
Rated speed5500/5200/5000/4750 rpm
TransmissionFour-speed automatic
DesignFriedrich Geiger
Top speed215 - 225 km/h
Manufacturing period1980 - 1989


It has two famous predecessors, and that's its problem. About the first of the series, the 300 SL you have to lose no word anyway. But also the second emerged as Pagoda SL the history. It is difficult to continue in such success. Now remain the coupes/convertibles at Daimler-Benz usually a bit longer in the program, but 18 years production time are here also unusually.

Design is usually difficult to assess. Nevertheless, in the first SL-versions the engine bonnet seems to bulge over the chromed radiator grill. The trunk lid had to fight in the meantime with an ugly spoiler from the accessories. Side of the window areas join plastic blinds. Many of these lapses and also the some unusual colours, the SL has lost during its long production time again and is then go down in history as unobtrusive and therefore timeless exemplar.

Much will be tested on it even for others, e.g. the rectangular ribbed rear lamp units. Later you can 'admire' them even on Mercedes buses. The company advertises insistently for the grooves, which inner surfaces also remain transparent even if heavily soiled. The SL is the first which benefits this patented invention. A second example for the introduction the four-spoke impact absorber steering-wheel.

Mercedes SL (R 107)
EngineV eight-cylinder (M 117)
Displacement4973 cm³
Max. power164 kW (223 HP)
Rated speed4750 rpm
Top speed215 km/h
Manufacturing years1971 - 1989






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