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MERCEDES-BENZ 350SEL/450SL

2-door 2-seater roadster/coupé.

New sporting pedigree of 1971 to take over from 230SL/250SL/280SL family, this time on 97ins wheelbase with S-Class suspension, including new semi trailing arm rear suspension. Bigger and heavier than 280SL, but with much more 'go': up to 133mph from larger-engined car. Removable hardtop still had a touch of 280SL's 'pagoda' roof style. Most sold as graceful sporting rather than outright sports machines. Revamped for eighties, and still with us. Also six-cylinder 280SL from 1974, but not for UK sale until the eighties.

Technical Specifications

Engine:
3499cc/4520cc (V8 OC) 
Configuration:
Front engine, rear-wheel drive 
Production dates:
1971 to 1980  
Number produced:
15,304/66,298