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  Mercedes-Benz 350 SL
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1971 - 1980
Numbers built:15304
Introduced at:1971 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn spring 1971, a production sports car was presented with the Type 350 SL, replacing the 280 SL, which had been built since January 1968. Technically, this model was a brand new development which had almost nothing in common with its predecessor. However, the same basic components had already been used in other Mercedes-Benz models: Front and rear wheel suspension was basically the same as that of the 'dash-eight' models and the V8-engine was a familiar feature of the sedans, coupes and convertibles of the 280 SE 3.5 Type.

With respect to the general concept the differences were less clear: Like its predecessor, the 350 SL was a two-seater with fully retractable roadster hood and removable hard top. However, the new model, represented a once and for all departure from the uncompromisingly hard sports car, - and, incidentally, even the 'pagoda SL', too, was not a true representation of that type - in favour of a more comfortable yet powerful luxury two-seater.

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