This is an unrestored, 46-year-old Mercedes 350 SL. I would say that it looks as good as a brand new car today, but that’s not quite right. This car looks better.
There’s a reason why Bobby Ewing drove an R107 Mercedes SL. It’s because it was the best of the best all the way from 1972 to 1989, thanks to a group of brilliant engineers working hard to come up with elegant solutions for difficult problems set by American politics.
You know you're in the Malaise Era when the best quarter-mile times for the wildest street cars money can buy are barely into the 14s. But still, who doesn't want an '81 Aston Martin Volante or BMW M1?
How often do you see this sequence at a high-turnover self-service junkyard: Jaguar XJ Series III, Mercedes-Benz R107, Jaguar Sovereign, Jaguar XJ Series II?
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. We've seen quite a few late R107s in this series, so now it's time for an early one.
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. It appears that every R107 ever built is still alive today.
All right, maybe you couldn't build a fine race car like the Son Of A Blitzen '86 300E LeMons car, but even the LeMons Supreme Court believes the legitimacy of the team's budget claims.