The SLs of this era (the 107 chassis) really established themselves as an icon of quality and success on the Continent as well as the Americas. Unlike the previous SL range, these cars were rugged and durable and could accumulate high mileage and still remain reliable with just the most basic of care. Volume production of the first R107 car, the 350 SL, started in April 1971 alongside the last of the W113 cars; the 350 SLC followed in October. The early 1971 350SL are very rare and were available with an optional 4 speed fluid coupling automatic gearbox. In addition, the rare 1971 cars were fitted with Bosch electronic fuel injection. Sales in North America began in 1972, and cars wore the name 350 SL, but had a larger 4.5L V8 with 3 speed auto (and were renamed 450 SL for model year 1973); the big V8 became available on other markets with the official introduction of the 450 SL/SLC on non-North American markets in March 1973. US cars sold from 1972 through 1975 used the Bosch D Jetronic fuel injection system, an early electronic engine management system
This fantastic Mercedes-Benz 450SL was delivered new in the spring of 1973 to a Mrs. Delisle in Enico, California, finished in luxurious Icon Gold Metallic with a black leather interior. During Mrs. Delisle’s ownership the SL was maintained by Mercedes Benz Lloyd Pearson Inc. of Pasadena. Having spent much of its life in sunny California, the bodywork of this early SL is very good with even panel gaps. The SL has benefitted from a repaint in the past, and still presents well, and indeed drives well due to careful maintenance over the years. The Mercedes is offered with a complete history file, a wallet containing all original manuals and instruction booklets, also owners registration and Mercedes data cards. Importantly the SL is offered with the factory hardtop, allowing it to be enjoyed all year round.
These timeless classic Mercedes Sports were built to last and needed very little in the way of maintenance. This model comes with the highly desirable V8 which provides effortless acceleration and touring ability unmatched by many cars of the last few decades.