Mercedes-Benz had made a dramatic change of tack when they introduced the W113 SL Roadsters in 1963. The complex 300SL and its smaller sibling, the 190SL, were replaced by a single model that was less of an all-out sports car, and more of an all-weather sports/GT car that could be used every day. The W113 proved a great success through three generations. In 1971, the W113 was replaced by an all new SL, known internally as the R107. The R107 and its long-wheelbase hardtop variant, the C107, were totally new designs that utilized some chassis and drivetrain components from mid-sized Mercedes sedans. The new car was called 350SL (or SLC for the coupe) and it featured the 3.5L V8 from the 280SE 3.5. That engine was quickly replaced by a big 4.5liter version and renamed 450SL. The new SL was as runaway success for Mercedes. It expanded on the theme of “comfort over outright performance” that the W113 had so brilliantly executed. The R107 was bigger, more comfortable and luxurious as well as faster and thoroughly modern. Like the 280SL before it, the new car was also available with a removable hard top making it ideally suited for year-round use. The R107 became a proper status symbol th
left-hand-drive 1981 mercedes benz 380 sl convertible 1-owner alloy-wheels hardtop leather v8 german petrol r107 r-class
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