Mercedes-Benz 350 SL
Mercedes-Benz has always reserved the SL designation for its most special vehicles and such was the case when it introduced the R107 in 1972 as a replacement for the iconic W113 Pagoda series. With contemporary styling that would remain fashionable through the end of the next decade, it was powered by a 4.5-liter V-8 engine (despite the 350SL designation in the first year). With fuel injection, an overhead camshaft and bullet-proof reliability, the engine delivered 230 horsepower, enough to motivate the car comfortably in its role as a grand touring legend. This early example features desirable chrome bumpers, much more attractive than the later 5-mph units, and excellent paint. With a thorough mechanical refresh performed and new carpets and seats, this is an investment grade example that can serve as the centerpiece of any serious collection.
Auction Estimate: $24,000-27,000