Nicknamed 'der Panzerwagen' by Mercedes-Benz's own development engineers, the R107 series was the result of an extremely thorough design process. In an attempt to avoid falling foul of threatened American safety legislation, Stuttgart produced an open car whose structural rigidity surpassed that of some contemporary saloons! Indeed, even now some thirty-seven years after its introduction the R107 retains a reassuring air of solidity. Allied to this was sure-footed handling courtesy of all round independent coil sprung suspension, power assisted steering and disc brakes. Always more of a grand tourer than an out and out sports car, the vast majority of R107s were fitted with automatic transmission. Powered by a 4520cc SOHC V8 engine, the 450SL model was quoted as developing some 225bhp and 278lbft of torque. A strong performer, it remained in production until 1980.
Finished in yellow with brown upholstery, this particular example is variously described by the vendor as being in "very good" (electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork, paintwork) or "excellent" (engine, automatic transmission) condition. Reportedly "painted at some time in its life", 'NDW 1P' is further understood to possess an "original service book stamped to the current mileage". Riding on correct type steel wheels, this tempting Mercedes-Benz is offered for sale with hardtop and soft-top roofs and MOT certificate valid until October 2009.