Tuner Tuesday: Anti-AMGs? Lorinser and Zender R107 SLs
Just yesterday, Paul revisited a lovely green 1986 560 SL and reminded us that these cars are at the bottom of the market in terms of classic Mercedes-Benz convertible ownership. It was only a few years ago that the W113 was priced below $20,000; now getting into a good example of that car will set you back the best part of three times that amount if not more.
While in my opinion the W113 was a much prettier car than the R107 successor, there’s no denying the presence and value these 1970s and 1980s drop-top Benzs offer. Yet, few of these cars were modified like the sedan counterparts; those that have are usually AMG cars. But today there are two different versions of the R107 that have been modified, showing the alternatives to Affalterbach crowd:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 350SL on eBay
1975 MERCEDES 350SL ROADSTER
ONLY 52,585 ORIGINAL MILES
4 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION
2 Tops (Like New)- (1)Black Soft Top and (1) Red Hard Top
Featuring a Lorinser Body Kit
This vehicle was imported to US from Germany. It is a 1975 European Model 350SL Class with 4 speed Manual Transmission and here is its data:
1975 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL
Data for Mercedes-Benz 350 SL, manufactured or sold in 1975, version for Europe with 2-door convertible body type, RWD (rear-wheel drive) and manual 4-speed gearbox. Basic www.automobile-catalog.com specs and characteristics: petrol (gasoline) engine of 3499 cm3 / 213.3 cui displacement with advertised power 147 169 kW / 197 227 hp / 200 230 PS ( DIN SAE ) / 5800 6050 and 286 314 Nm / 211 232 lb-ft / 4000 4200 of torque.
Dimensions: this model outside length is 4390 mm / 172.8 in, it’s 1790 mm / 70.5 in wide and has wheelbase of 2460 mm / 96.9 in. The value of a drag coefficient, estimated by a-c, is Cd = 0.45. Standard wheels were fitted with the tires size: (see standard and alternative tire sizes …). Reference vehicle weights are: official base curb weight 1545 kg / 3406 lbs, gross weight GVWR 1975 kg / 4354 lbs.
How fast is that car. Performance: top speed 210 km/h (131 mph) (declared by factory); accelerations 0- 60 mph 8.5 s, 0- 100 km/h 9 s (declared by factory), 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 15.7 s (a-c simulation) (see detailed performance data review…). Fuel consumption and mileage: official. average estimated by a-c: 13.6 l/100km / 20.8 mpg (imp.) / 17.3 mpg (U.S.) / 7.4 km/l, average estimated combined driving range (km / miles on tank) of this car is 662 km / 410 miles
One of the most admired cars in the world……….
Mercedes-Benz released the iconic SL models in the early seventies. These cars were seen driven by stars, Doctors. Lawyers, Executives, and professionals all over the world and were seen as a symbol of exclusivity, immediately identified by its uniquely robust styling.
The SL had quite a cult following then, and now they are sought after collectibles. The Mercedes-Benz SL roadster is the consummate status symbol. With engine and cosmetic variants, they adapted to any country in the world.
The SL roadster was the second longest running production model in Mercedes-Benz history. These automobiles are as luxurious as they are sporting in a refined manner that only Mercedes-Benz could present.
They were sold as R107 for the SL roadster and manufactured from 1971 through 1989. They are considered one of the best looking designs from Mercedes-Benz to date. The SL is a two-seat roadster with standard soft top and hardtop with optional folding seats for the rear bench.
The SL roadster’s production ran from 1971 through 1989. Production began April 1971 for the SL R107 A variety of engines powered these luxury sport cars: a 2.8L in-line six (SL, SLC), a 3.0L (SL); and in the V8 engine series a 3.5L (SL, SLC), a 3.8L (SL, SLC), a 4.2L (SL), a 4.5L (SL, SLC), a 5.0L (SL, SLC), and a 5.6L (SL). All used mechanical fuel injection systems.
It was the beauty of the SL roadster that won the hearts of sports car fanatics around the world. These automobiles were symbols of power and prestige. They were always a perennial favorite immediately identified at any gathering of fine automobiles.
The sporty two-seat Mercedes-Benz SL roadster are rare enough to make them highly collectible.
Body and chassis
Platform Mercedes-Benz R107
Engine 3.5L V8
Transmission 4-speed manual
Wheelbase 96.7 in (2,456 mm)
Length 180.3 in (4,580 mm)
Width 70.5 in (1,791 mm)
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