1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL
Here is a pretty nice 450SL. Sometimes they’re hot and sometimes they’re not! No telling what this beauty will go for as the Mercedes market seems to change every day!It seems that this may be a European version that has been upgraded with U.S.-spec bumpers that joined the twin sealed-beam headlamps. The seller may have the original parts which were taken off to meet U.S. standards including the rims.
All 450SLs had a standard removable hardtop that could, with the aid of another person or an optional garage-mounted winch, be removed and stowed in a special rack. Few options were available, one of which was a backseat, if you can call it that. Fitted into the space previously used as a moderately sized carpeted place to toss your Vuitton weekend bags were seats matched to the interior color and seat belts for two. Space limitations made them only useful for transporting small children or people you had a large grudge against. It appears this car may have a rear seat. Hard to tell from the pictures.
Service issues include air conditioners that are expensive to repair and can be prone to failure and no mention if it works or not on this car. Cracked vinyl dashboards and crumbling sun visors are a pricey cosmetic fix! These look very nice from the photos. More importantly, a recall for a sub-frame replacement. A call to a Mercedes dealer with the VIN number should tell you whether this important repair happened. Gas mileage is fairly atrocious at around 12-15 mpg, but that’s the price of style. It’s a good idea to check the timing chain even if the owner insists it’s new to avoid a catastrophic repair bill.
The styling is handsome and the car still looks perfectly at home parked in the hero spot at the most expensive restaurant in town.