The Mercedes Benz 450SL is one of the most beautiful convertibles of the 1970s. The car we modify is a model designed for the American market.
Model: R 107 Roadster
Year of manufacture: 1977
Manufacturer: Mercedes Benz
Volume/output: 4,5/160 kW
Transmission: automatic, 3 gears
Wheels: cast aluminum
Interior: brown, leatherette
Number of seats: 2
Mercedes Benz 450 SL
State: Work in progress – Full rebuild
The R107 was the third generation of the SL roadster. A team of designers led by Friedrich Geiger created a truly elegant and timeless body shape, characteristic curved turn signals on the front to the side of the body and rear lights with horizontal lining. This element was used in Mercedes for another 25 years.
Technical development was led by Hans Scherenberg and the project was not built on the foundations of a sedan, but it started all over again. The chassis with a closed tunnel for the installation of the gearbox had a floor frame with partitions and a body welded to it. The steel used in the production had well-thought-out deformation zones as in today’s cars. Mercedes-Benz has always relied on the safety of the crew in its vehicles. A reinforced windshield frame and reinforced pillars were designed for roadsters. The four-spoke steering wheel was equipped with a telescopic shaft and a head with polyurethane foam. The dashboard was also softened with foam. The fuel tank did not puncture in the event of an accident.
There was also a power steering and driving characteristics were superbly luxurious at the time of its creation. The vehicle did not lack stability even at speeds above 200 km / h.
The R107 and C107 were exported to the United States with 4.5-liter, low-compression V8 engines to meet stringent US emissions requirements, yet provided sufficient performance. Models sold from 1976 to 1979 used the Bosch K Jetronic system, a fully mechanical injection system. fuel. They were characterized by protruding bumpers required by American law. The 450 SL was produced until 1980.
Designed for the US market, the Mercedes Benz 450 SL is characterized by tacky bumpers required by US law. These have required tasteless modifications to many European cars.
“Across the generations”.
This project is not like the rest of them, just because it’s not about renovating the historic car, but it’s about modernising it. To beging with, first about people. We will try to realise the imagination of two generations-father and son. Classic appearance and modern technique in one.
We’ll try to skip 26 years of development and build a car that’s gonna be beautiful, sporty, powerful, modern, easily controllable, and also a convertible.
As it regards to our progres and dilligence, we will inform you by words and pictures. 🙂 Most important is; that we are all excited.
You can follow this jurney down in the gallery. The photos are added on an ongoing basis.