Mercedes-Benz 450SL Stunning colour combination, runs very well, highly original, early small bumpers (1973)




Order a colour! That is what the first owner of this beautifully composed R107 generation Mercedes-Benz 450SL must have thought. What a wonderful combination of colours. The composition consists of a “Thristle Green” exterior and one with green carpets, a light green dashboard and green leather upholstery. It really is a wonderful combination. The colour is enhanced by the black convertible top. This is a car from 1973 that still has the beautiful classic bumpers, the following year the bumpers were no less than 8 centimetres longer to meet the stricter requirements for crash safety. It is not so surprising that this Mercedes-Benz was delivered new in the United States. As much as two-thirds of the entire production was sold in the US. At the time of the R107, the SL was even described with the most delicious American description ever. It was a “personal luxury car”, no idea what this exactly means, but there is a hint of success around it.
The car is in beautiful condition. The body has already been repainted in its original colour and still looks very good. The sheet metal is nice and thin everywhere and has correct fits. The car stands on the characteristic crown cap wheels that not only match the appearance of the car very well but are also in good condition and are equipped with good tires in the right sizes. The convertible top can be operated smoothly and fits beautifully everywhere. The paint has some light signs of use that match the age and mileage.
The interior looks beautiful. The interior is completely original and it is therefore not surprising that some light signs of use are visible here and there. The inside of the SL is equipped with counters that display both kilometres and miles. The interior is as usual with cars from “Das Haus” from this period, built for eternity. The buttons and sliders in the interior all work just as well as on the day the car was delivered new. The dashboard is also business-oriented and is an example of German efficiency. The leather is wonderfully supple and the carpets also look great. The mounted Becker Mexico radio is the icing on the cake.
It is a pleasure to drive a car like this. Immediately upon its introduction, the R107 was praised for its good driving characteristics. That is not so surprising because if we look at the underlying technology, it cannot be otherwise that this must be a nice driving car. The car is equipped with a 4.5 litre low compression V8 engine with fuel injection. The engine produces 190 hp and is mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. The speed limit in the United States is almost everywhere around 60 miles, so this is an excellent car for touring. The handling is comfortable thanks to the good chassis and the brakes are also well suited to their task and can be dosed well.
In short, a beautifully composed Mercedes-Benz 450SL from the R107 generation in a colour combination that you will not soon find again.

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  • Mileage: 74,163
  • Year: 1973
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Automatic
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Green

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