1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Convertible
The R107 SL-class was first introduced in 1971 and was produced for some 18 years. During this time it continued to grow the SL-class legend, with its cutting-edge technology, powerful drivetrains, distinctive looks, high accessory levels and price.
Heavier than its predecessor by around 135kg, it was given the nickname 'Panzerwagen' but was a big step forward under the skin. Trailing arms in the rear suspension replaced the antiquated swing axle layout of previous versions.
A key facelift for the 1986 model year saw new models introduced, with the entry level 280 SL being replaced by the 300 SL, powered by a 3.0-litre straight six with a semi-electronic Bosch fuel injection system that replaced the purely mechanical injection unit seen previously. It produced 138kW and drove through a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Though not yet seen as a full-blown classic, the later R107 series cars are technically interesting, with robust build quality, smooth drivelines and comfortable interiors that make them a solid everyday proposition for those who want to drive something more individual than a modern.