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  Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1980 - 1989
Numbers built:11812
Introduced at:1980 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAt the Geneva Motor Show in March 1980, an uprated version of the 107 series roadster and coupe was presented; the equipment of the interior including the steering wheel had been brought up to the standard of the S-Class sedans and the same happended with the technology. The former 3-speed automatic transmission was replaced by a 4-speed version. Moveover the light-alloy engines of the S-Class were built into the 107 series models in slightly modified form.

The new Type 500 SL with its 5.0-liter V8-engine, which had been carried over from the 450 SLC 5.0 replaced the 450 SL. The 350 SL, too, was phased out after a production time of nine years; the 380 SL was the successor, with a 3.8-liter aluminium-alloy engine based on the old 3.5-liter V8 with a cast iron block. Only the 6-cylinder engine of the 280 SLC was unchanged. There were hardly any external differences to the predecessor; all three SL types now had an aluminium bonnet and the 500 SL also had an aluminium boot lid with a black plastic rear spoiler.

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