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MERCEDES SL PRODUCTION AND SPECIFICATIONS
SL Model Chassis Years of
Production
Number
Produced
Engine Horse
Power
Weight lbs 0 to 60 mph
(Seconds)
Top Speed mph
300SL
Racing
194 1952-53 10 6 cyl
tilted
215 DIN 2,888 8 secs 160
300SL
Production
198 I 1954-57 1,374 6 cyl fuel inj
tilted
215 DIN 2,888 8 secs 160
300SL
Roadster
198 II 1957-64 1,858 6 cyl fuel inj
tilted
235 DIN 3,200 8 secs 150
190SL 121 1955-63 25,881 4 cyl 105 DIN
120 SAE
2,600 13 secs 106
230SL 113 1963-66 19,831 6 cyl fuel inj 150DIN
170 SAE
2,866 11 secs 124
250SL 113 1966-68 5,196 6 cyl fuel inj 160 DIN
180 SAE
2,998 12 secs 121
280SL 113 1968-71 23,885 6 cyl fuel inj 170DIN
190 SAE
2,998 9.5 secs 124
450SL 107 1971-80 - 8 cyl fuel inj 180 SAE 3,615 11 secs 112
380SL 107 1981-85 - 8 cyl fuel inj 155 SAE 3,500 11.5 secs 110
560SL 107 1986-89 - 8 cyl fuel inj 227 SAE 3,670 7.5 secs 130
SL500 129 1990-   - 8 cyl fuel inj
dohc
325 SAE 4,165 6.4 secs 149
SL600 129 1993-   - 12 cyl fuel inj
dohc
389 SAE 4,555 5.9 secs 155

Table Notes: All figures are approximate and are for typical cars. Model specifications changed due to running production changes. Weight figures might not include the removeable hardtop. Production figures are not known to the editor of this table for the W107 and later cars. About 237,000 W107 cars were produced with about 66% sold in the US. "DIN" is the measure of horsepower used in Europe. "SAE" is the measure of horsepower used in the US. SAE is the standard developed by the Society of Automobile Engineers and is about 20% higher than DIN. Of course, the power of the engine is the same, it is the number used to describe that power that changes between DIN and SAE.

Information and specifications are from: Illustrated Buyer's Guide Mercedes Benz, 2nd Edition, Frank Barrett, MBI Publishing, 1998; Mercedes -Benz SL, John Heilig, MBI Publishing, 1997; Essential Mercedes SL 190SL & Pagoda Models, Laurence Meredith, Bay View Books, 1997, road test results from various car magazines.

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