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Mercedes-Benz 500 SL R107 '83

€ 32.950

Reference ch2684
Make Mercedes-Benz
Model 500 SL R107 '83
Type cabrio
Construction year 1983
KM 124265
Cilinder displacement 4973
Gears automatic
Steering left hand drive
Price € 32.950
  • Looks very clean at first glance, even though it needs a little love
  • EU car that has spent some time in the USA
  • Bottle cap rims, a soft and hard top and a clean interior
  • Backseat for two people (2+2) which is rare


The Mercedes-Benz W107 was released in 1971. It was a true status symbol that extrudes performance and prestige. Its price, its specifications, and its performance show that this a a car only the lucky few can afford. The W107 also had the difficult task of succeeding the famous Pagoda, which still shared a strong resemblance to its predecessor, the Gullwing. With the W107, Mercedes-Benz took a leap into the unknown future, without leaving behind its trademarking luxury. Except the G-class, this is the Mercedes-Benz’s car that has been in production for the longest period, the production just stopped in 1989.

The W107 came in two finishes. There was convertible R107 - or SL - with a soft-top, optional hard-top, and optional two-seat rear bench. Also, there was a C107 - or SLC - which was a two-door hard-top coupe with four seats. Both cars were available with a range of engines that all were impressive in their own right. Over the years, fewer engines were available, though each engine was made to perform. In 1981, the successor to the C107 was introduced, and production of it ended. The R107 continued to be sold in large numbers with three different engines until 1989. The total production number is estimated to be around 237,000 unique units.

The aerodynamic and less rounded design was contemporary, compared to its predecessors. Though it was not Mercedes typical at the time, the curves were replaced, in order to fit its decade. The long hood and short rear emphasize class and exude sportiness, while the Mercedes’ star in the grille adds charisma and prestige. The interior is very recognizable as Mercedes, very luxurious, with a classic finish in leather and wood tones. For the US, a number of aesthetic adjustments were made based on their regulations. The square headlights were replaced with round ones, and the bumpers protruded to absorb a collision at five kilometres per hour without damage, as required by US law.

Mercedes-Benz 500 SL R107

The Mercedes 500 SL was built during the second half of the W107 production period. It was introduced in 1980 in both the SL and SLC versions. The coupe version was replaced by the forerunners of the S-Class coupe in 1981. Nevertheless, the convertible SL did very well and remained in production until 1989. Under the hood, there is an outrageous 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 240 horsepower.

The 500 SL is the most powerful, charismatic, and expensive R107 that hit the market. The Mercedes luxury and the coquettish charm of the 80s steal hearts. Its two predecessors the Gullwing and the Pagoda have become unaffordable. The R107 is also on its way to acquire cult status, and at the time of writing, it is still affordable, although it is unsure how long this will remain unchanged.

Technical information:

Body work

  • Length (cm): 439 (173 inch)
  • Width (cm): 179 (70 inch)
  • Height (cm): 130 (51 inch)
  • Wheelbase (cm): 246 (87 inch)
  • Weight (kg): 1540 (3395 lbs) (1580 kg/3483 lbs with hard top)


  • Engine: 4973 cc V8 front-engine
  • Valve gear: 16
  • Fuel system: Bosch K-Jetronic
  • Gear box: 4-speed automatic gearbox
  • Transmission: RWD
  • Left-steered
  • power: 240 hp (177 kW) at 5000 t/m
  • torque: 402 Nm at 3200 t/m
  • Top speed: 215 km/h (134 mph)
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