As the longest-running passenger car in Mercedes-Benz history, the R107 series of SL-roadsters earned its place as an icon of the 70s and 80s, blending performance, safety, and quality in an impeccably styled two-seat roadster. Much like the R113 that preceded it, the R107 was a sports car for continental touring that you could use in all conditions. It was beautifully built, with an optional removable hardtop, effective climate control, and superb build quality that shrugged off the notion that sports cars needed to be finicky and rough around the edges. The R107 SL-series was a tremendous success, and Mercedes continually evolved it with increasingly powerful six and eight-cylinder engines, refined dynamics, and more sophisticated safety and luxury features. Enduring as Mercedes’ flagship sports car for seventeen years, the R107 looked as crisp and sophisticated in 1989 as it did in 1972.
This 1979 450 SL is an appealing, well-maintained example showing just over 33,000 miles from new. Finished in its original shade of Midnight Blue (code 904) over Bamboo leather upholstery (code 204), it looks as elegant today as it was when sold new by Stahl Motor Company of Monterey, California. Records show returned to the selling dealer regularly for maintenance through the years. It is factory-equipped with Bosch fog lamps, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, Bundt wheels, two tops, and a Becker Europa stereo. As offered, it is in excellent condition, with glossy midnight blue paint, crisp, straight panels, and finely preserved trim. Some minor paint imperfections indicate a partial respray, however, the car presents very well for touring enjoyment. Lights and lenses are all in excellent condition, and the iconic Bundt alloy wheels wear excellent 205/70-14 radials.
Opening the signature bank-vault doors reveals original Bamboo-colored leather in fine order, some slight age-appropriate stretching and creasing evident. The dash and fascia are excellent, the original Becker remains in place, and the wood trim is free of cracks and fading. Carpets are tidy throughout the cabin, and the original plastic sill trims and other details remain in excellent order. Under the bonnet, the 4.5-liter V8 engine is tidy and well-detailed, with many original labels and markings intact. The original vin-matched warranty booklet, data card, and owner’s manuals are included, along with a factory first aid kit and tool roll.
In terms of style and purpose, the Mercedes-Benz R107 remains a timeless GT car, offering the ideal balance of looks, performance, and luxury. This appealing 450 SL with undoubtedly please its next enthusiastic owner and is a fine example of this much-appreciated breed.
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