The Mercedes-Benz R107 series is one of the most iconic luxury cars of the 70s and 80s. It was a car that came to define both the marque and the cultural era. Such was its enduring charm and status as an ’80s icon; it is surprising to recall the R107 was first introduced back in 1971. Known internally and by loyal fans as the R107, the new generation SL was designed in house at Sindelfingen by Karl Wilfert and his gifted team. The styling was understated and elegant yet also highly sophisticated.
The SL roadster spoke to a new breed of luxury roadster buyers, going on to become the longest-running production passenger car in Mercedes’ history. Mechanically, the R107 took a page from its predecessors, riding on a unique platform but sharing engines and suspension components with its sedan counterparts. It was also incredibly well-built, with a particular solidity and over-engineered nature that few manufacturers past or present could match.
The ultimate model in the R107 SL range is the 560SL. The big 5.6 liter V8 from the S-Class was shoehorned into the SL’s engine bay to create a sports car that was capable of 150mph performance while remaining quiet, composed and sophisticated. It was the sports car for those who preferred not to be ruffled when arriving at the club in style and remains the choice for today’s enthusiasts who want the ideal combination of classic style and modern performance.
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