When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the R017 series of SL roadsters in 1971, it quickly became the consummate status symbol, driven by celebrities, doctors and the like. As planned by Mercedes, it was a huge hit in the American market, accounting for nearly 70% of SL sales over its long 18-year production run. Little changed design-wise over that span, allowing these SLs to become burned into our collective memory as exclusivity on four wheels.
The R107 SL came with a standard soft top and were often sold with a color-matched hardtop. However, the rear bench seen on today’s example is an option not as frequently seen. Though tiny, there are no shortage of stories about little kids developing a love for these cars thanks to time spent in those wee thrones. Between this unique feature, the stunning paint condition and ageless design of these classic convertibles, this 450SL continues to show off its long lineage of sophisticated luxury.