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RealRides of WNY - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL

January 25, 2018

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL

This Mercedes-Benz 350SL was seen a while back parked in Buffalo, even though the tag is from California. The SL series was produced for the North American market from 1972-89. In Benz-speak the numerical prefix indicated engine size — in this case the 350 should have meant there was a 3.5L engine under the hood, but for some reason M-B waivered from their usual naming practices, and this 350SL has a 4.5L V8. That would make this a 1972 model, as the name was changed to 450SL for 1973. In ’74 the bigger bumpers made their debut, not doing any favors to this car’s classic profile.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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