1973 Mercedes-Benz SL Class (R107 / W107)SOLD

1973 Mercedes Benz 450 SL For Small, Desirable Small European Bumpers

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ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA OWNER 1973 MERCEDES 450SL WITH DESIRABLE SMALL EUROPEAN CHROME BUMPERS!

Reference Number 118613

as of 3/12/2011

Overview
Car 1973 Mercedes-Benz SL Class (R107 / W107)
VIN 10704412011029 
Exterior / Interior Color      Gold /      Tan 
Condition Very Good 
Mileage 98,100 miles 
Transmission Automatic 
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Known History

West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this original southern California owners 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL roadster; the only year of the 450SL series to be imported into the US with the attractive European small chrome bumpers before the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration enforced bumper regulations incorporating stronger energy absorbing bumpers without regard to aesthetics for safety reasons. Introduced in late 1972, this particular example is an early US specification car and is thus equipped with the significantly more attractive small chrome bumpers that were fitted to all European cars. It is also fitted with the considerably peppier high compression engine making over 60hp more than the equivalent 1980 version (225hp VS 160hp) !

 

Bequeathed to their long time employee and personal assistance in 5/2009 by original southern California owner with all original handbooks, service warranty manual, maintenance booklet, 'Becker Europa' radio manual and original 'New Car Pre-Delivery Inspection' certificate dated 5/3/1973 from 'Lloyd Pearson Mercedes Benz' of Pasadena, California available and always primarily serviced at Mercedes specialists and dealers since new with every indication showing that this car was always well maintained and serviced on schedule. Obviously always garaged with no signs of any accidents or rust!

 

The original beige metallic color paint is in very fine condition with only very minor imperfections noticeable upon close inspection; in particular there are some light scratches on the hood where it seems like a cardboard box or some similar type of item from the garage has been slightly scraped across the paint (see photos below). The original tan color interior is also in gorgeous shape with virtually no signs of wear. The car has it's original factory matching color hard top and its seemingly original dark brown German canvas soft top which is also in excellent condition.

 

The car's factory options include: automatic transmission, power assisted steering, power brakes, tinted glass, cruise control, electric window lifts, electrically heated rear window on hard top, fully independent suspension, power assisted four wheel disc brakes, limited slip differential, Halogen head and fog lamps, automatic air conditioning with climate control, central locking, 'Becker' radio and beautiful factory matching color wheels.

 

The car drives exactly like such a well maintained and serviced Mercedes should and must be seen and driven to be truly appreciated. The engine is extremely strong with no noticeable oil leaks, the transmission shifts smoothly through the gears and the temperature always remains cool.

 

Without doubt, this is one of the finest classically beautiful roadster designs built by Mercedes-Benz, probably the last classically beautiful convertible series they built and now becoming more desirable and collectible than ever before - certainly you will look long and hard to find a finer head-turning example with such low original miles of this only year model available with the attractive European chrome bumpers anywhere else!

 

VIN: 10704412011029