It's time to look retro, sophisticated, cool, and unique - all for under $20K. This 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL is a powerful and beautiful droptop that will get you attention immediately upon arrival.
A Mercedes is great for vintage style, and so this shade of yellow seems quite appropriate. Many of these convertibles are trying to be more modern with resprays to black and red, which makes this factory-correct hue a really nice way to stand out without being ostentatious. And beyond just a bold color, no other convertible from this era has the build quality you experience every time the solid door makes its reassuring 'thunk'. This Benz looks great with either the matching hardtop or the well-coordinated black folding roof. And speaking of great appearances, 1973 was the final year before the largest bumper laws were enacted. So these chrome pieces hug the SL's contours better than later US-bound cars.
If you like the way this one looks with the black soft top up, then you'll love it even more with the black interior. The seats have been re-covered to have durable vinyl in the high traffic areas and comfortable cloth for where you sit. That sounds like the kind of convertible that you can hop in at any time – even when you're wearing shorts. Plus, the air conditioning is there to always keep you nice and cool. This is a true luxury cruiser so you get enjoyable features like power windows, and Mercedes fans will be quite happy that the Becker AM/FM radio is still in place and cranking out the tunes.
The 450 SL carried one of Mercedes-Benz's largest engines during its era, and so when you pop the hood, the engine bay looks like it's overflowing with V8 power. The 4.5-liter SOHC motor with Bosch fuel injection is legendary for its durability and smoothness, not to mention a friendly, torquey attitude. This is a sports car for cruising, and Mercedes was a bit more concerned with engine refinement than all-out acceleration. So while this one is not out to give the pined-you-to-you-seat experience, it will always provide a polished and confident drive well above highway speeds. On the road, an R107 has a fully independent chassis that is the perfect balance of elastic comfort in a tight-handling package. This was topped off with power steering, three-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel disc brakes for the best all-around control. The full driving experience lets you know that the Mercedes SL is in a class all of its own.
The sale comes complete with the original warranty card, owner's manual packet, and other paperwork. This early R107 Mercedes SL is a great example of a handsome classic that is a lot of fun to drive. Who knew this kind of distinction could also be so affordable? Call today!!!