The Mercedes SL class has always been a value-retaining classic. The 190 SL of the R121 type set the tone, successor W113 'Pagode' did it all over again. The turn is now on the SL-Class of the R107 type, built from 1971 to 1989.
New they cost a small amount of money, those SL'len. After ten to fifteen years they fall to a low point, to stay there for a while. Around 2001, 2002, the time was ripe to buy an R107. For a mille or fifteen you had a copy in put away condition with books and without many kilometers. After that, it quickly went uphill with this series. Anno 2011 you pay quickly for a well-preserved specimen 35 to 40 mille and it is expected that this rising line will continue slightly. After all, they are becoming scarcer and scarcer. It is important to choose the right type: my tips are a six-cylinder 300 SL with automatic transmission, an eight-cylinder 500 SL (after the facelift of 1985) or an eight-cylinder 2.163 SL produced in a limited edition of only 420 . Look and compare and, not unimportantly: take a connoisseur with you when you go out for an R107.
Chris de Raaf.