It's time to look retro, sophisticated, cool, and unique - all for
under $20K. This 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL is a powerful and
beautiful droptop that will get you attention immediately upon
A Mercedes is great for vintage style, and so this shade of yellow
seems quite appropriate. Many of these convertibles are trying to
be more modern with resprays to black and red, which makes this
factory-correct hue a really nice way to stand out without being
ostentatious. And beyond just a bold color, no other convertible
from this era has the build quality you experience every time the
solid door makes its reassuring 'thunk'. This Benz looks great with
either the matching hardtop or the well-coordinated black folding
roof. And speaking of great appearances, 1973 was the final year
before the largest bumper laws were enacted. So these chrome pieces
hug the SL's contours better than later US-bound cars.
If you like the way this one looks with the black soft top up, then
you'll love it even more with the black interior. The seats have
been re-covered to have durable vinyl in the high traffic areas and
comfortable cloth for where you sit. That sounds like the kind of
convertible that you can hop in at any time - even when you're
wearing shorts. Plus, the air conditioning is there to always keep
you nice and cool. This is a true luxury cruiser so you get
enjoyable features like power windows, and Mercedes fans will be
quite happy that the Becker AM/FM radio is still in place and
cranking out the tunes.
The 450 SL carried one of Mercedes-Benz's largest engines during
its era, and so when you pop the hood, the engine bay looks like
it's overflowing with V8 power. The 4.5-liter SOHC motor with Bosch
fuel injection is legendary for its durability and smoothness, not
to mention a friendly, torquey attitude. This is a sports car for
cruising, and Mercedes was a bit more concerned with engine
refinement than all-out acceleration. So while this one is not out
to give the pined-you-to-you-seat experience, it will always
provide a polished and confident drive well above highway speeds.
On the road, an R107 has a fully independent chassis that is the
perfect balance of elastic comfort in a tight-handling package.
This was topped off with power steering, three-speed automatic
transmission, and four-wheel disc brakes for the best all-around
control. The full driving experience lets you know that the
Mercedes SL is in a class all of its own.
The sale comes complete with the original warranty card, owner's
manual packet, and other paperwork. This early R107 Mercedes SL is
a great example of a handsome classic that is a lot of fun to
drive. Who knew this kind of distinction could also be so
affordable? Call today!!!