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Off Topic => Other cars => Topic started by: Neil Thompson on April 24, 2012, 17:24:08

Title: R107
Post by: Neil Thompson on April 24, 2012, 17:24:08
Does anyone have a good source of information for the 107 series on the internet or indeed can recommend a forum, I have googled but can't find anything with good quality info.


Title: Re: R107
Post by: sully on April 24, 2012, 18:52:16
Hi Neil

What kind of info you after?


Title: Re: R107
Post by: jacovdw on April 24, 2012, 19:51:46

If your German is relatively good, then you can have a look here:

Else you can also look at this site:

Not sure if the above 2 links featured in your google search, but worth a look still...
Title: Re: R107
Post by: IXLR8 on April 24, 2012, 20:27:22

Title: Re: R107
Post by: JamesL on April 24, 2012, 20:55:44
Try the SL-shop in Gloucs

Apparently very good and very helpful
Title: Re: R107
Post by: Neil Thompson on April 24, 2012, 21:10:41
Thanks all, I'll have a look at all of these, I'm just after a little knowledge - is there a site similar to our 113 site? English speaking pref

Title: Re: R107
Post by: Jordan on April 24, 2012, 21:59:15
Neil, have you tried out the 107 technical forum with the Mercedes Benz Club of America?  Link is here

The responses aren't blistering fast like they are here but it is pretty active.  It has helped me out with my 114.
Title: Re: R107
Post by: Garry on April 24, 2012, 23:36:29

Whilst a long way from home, these guys can be helpful occasionally

Title: Re: R107
Post by: Benz Dr. on April 25, 2012, 01:51:37
What sort of info are you looking for? Aside from some electrical and heating/AC problems these cars are pretty easy to work on.

Haven't had the spring rush of 107's yet but they're quickly fixed and stay that way for long periods of time. Maybe that's why none have showed yet......

 I did two engine builds over the winter both on cast iron blocks. They're very strong bottom ends and wear slowly. Both had over 100K miles and still had visible honing marks.
Title: Re: R107
Post by: stickandrudderman on April 25, 2012, 15:49:48
Whatever you need to know I probably know it.....
Title: Re: R107
Post by: Neil Thompson on April 25, 2012, 20:27:48
Thanks all, I don't need anything desperately at this stage but no doubt will in the future. I have just added a fairly low mileage one to my small sl collection and just need to feed myself with a little knowledge on the model. I will look at these sites and if (when) I need anything will take up on the kind offers of help.

Thanks again

Title: Re: R107
Post by: J. Huber on April 26, 2012, 17:54:50
What I wonder is of all the 107s, which is the year/model most sought after? not so much for rarity but for reliability. There are always one or two for sale around town -- usually between 7500-9000  US -- always strikes me as reasonable.
Title: Re: R107
Post by: IXLR8 on April 26, 2012, 18:51:35
The demand is a bit bipolar. Many like the early ones with the cast iron blocks. Others prefer the final years with the 5.6 liter V8. The final ones, incidentally, look like the earlier ones, but many body panels are actually unique to those years. Also, the final ones were manufactured with fully galvanized bodies and avoid the rust issues of the earlier ones.

The other Joe
Title: Re: R107
Post by: Jordan on April 26, 2012, 21:23:09
James, I don't know about the year but the most popular Mercedes convertibles insured by Hagerty are the 450SL and the 380SL, at spot numbers 6 and 8, respectively.  Garry may or may not be happy to know that the E-type is at number 10.  In case anyone is interested, the list as compiled by Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car are as follows:

1   MGB (no surprise there)
2   Volkswagon Beetle
3   Triumph TR6
4   MG Midget
5   Triumph Spitfire
6   MB 450SL
7   Alfa Spider
8   MB 380SL
9   MG TD
10 Jag E-type

Keep in mind this is for convertibles only.
Title: Re: R107
Post by: Neil Thompson on April 26, 2012, 21:46:11
knowing me I'll have bought the wrong one!

Title: Re: R107
Post by: Benz Dr. on April 26, 2012, 23:31:31
The 380SL can be a decent car as long as it has the dual row chain. 81 - 83 had the single row chain which will break. The whole front of the engine has to come apart while you either pull the engine or support it in the engine bay while dropping the sub frame. >:(

 I'd think the 560SL should be placed well ahead of the 380. One of the not so desireable 450SLs is the 1975 model year. :( This car had the cat converters on the exhaust manifolds. Every scrap of plastic or rubber in the engine bay will turn into dust due to all of the heat. Only the early 450's seem to be worth anything - i.e. chrome bumper cars.   
Title: Re: R107
Post by: ashley on April 27, 2012, 12:56:32
I have a customer who wants me to find him a 88 or 89 560 SL, he's done lots of reasearch and tells me they were the best years for the 107. I have no idea but any thoughts or leads on these years?
Title: Re: R107
Post by: IXLR8 on April 27, 2012, 15:03:04

Your customer is correct. A 560SL is faster than a Porsche 928.

Fortunately for your customer, Mercedes increased production on the 560SL by 20% in the final two years of production, so there will be many examples but at a likely better price if production had been restricted.

the other Joe