The R107 SL was introduced for the 1972 model year, relieving the game changing R113 SLs of 1963-1971. Interestingly, the R107 would be an even bigger game changer than the R113, offered with a variety of engines and transmissions for numerous markets around the world. Largely associated with V8 engines in North America, ranging from 4.5-liter to 3.8-liter to 5.6-liter, the R107 would be one of the most popular Mercedes-Benz models ever, its lengthy production span bettered only by the G-Models, which reach back to World War II. When introduced for the 1972 model year, the R107 was meant to bring more of the grand touring flavor to customers, offering slightly larger interiors and cargo areas, larger engines with more power, unparalleled comfort, and an exclusivity factor that was hard to match. For the 1980 model year, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 380SL with a smaller displacement 3.8-liter V8 engine, but basically everything else was the same, if not improved. Certain changes were implemented to improve crash safety and avoidance, but overall, the 380SL was much like the outgoing 450SL. It would be replaced by the more powerful, visually enhanced 560SL for the 1986 model year. This 1981 380SL offers all the elegance and style people have come to know from an R107 in a stunning metallic blue color with a matching interior and appears to be all original right down to the Becker Europa AM/FM/Cassette stereo.