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1980-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 380/420SL (R107) specifications

1980-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 380/420SL (R107) specifications Classic and Performance Car

These ‘junior’ versions of Mercedes’ V8 roadster started with the 380SL. In September 1981, after just a year in production, the engine was changed for a small-bore/long stroke V8 of the same capacity but with a slight drop in power and something like a 10% improvement in fuel economy. From 1985 the capacity was upped to 4.2 litres, which at least restored power figures to their original level of 218bhp. All have automatic gearboxes, but it’s the highly-regarded four-speed unit and not the three-speed used in pre-1980 SLs.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £18,300
  • Price (excellent)
    £11,000
  • Price (good):
    £9,000
  • Price (average):
    £6,000
  • Price (project):
    £3,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    7.7secs
  • Top speed:
    134.0mph
  • Power:
    245.0bhp
  • Torque:
    294.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    21.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V8
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    mechanical fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, double wishbones, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, semi-trailing arms, coil springs
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4389mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2454mm
  • Width:
    1791mm
  • Height:
    1295mm
  • Weight:
    1605kgs
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