Gary Bergenske purchased this 1973 Mercedes 450SL Roadster in January of 1996 in Winter Park Florida. The car is pearl white with a navy blue interior, and included both the hard and soft tops. This classic was in original shape and included all of the original books and even the original window sticker showing the original price in 1973 of $11,815.00. It was originally sold in Orlando Florida.
Since having the car it has been kept it in excellent shape and driven only occasionally. In 2002 a complete new original interior was installed, including Mercedes velour carpeting and Mercedes Tex seats.
This automobile is a true classic. The 1973 450SL model was the last of ones to have the smaller, European type bumpers that give the car a more defined look as it was originally designed to look. The large 4.5 liter engine with electronic fuel injection and an automatic transmission is capable of speeds up to 130 mph.
Even though this body style was used by Mercedes Benz for another 17 years, this particular year has a distinctive look, with the smaller bumpers, and an engine with no pollution controls on it. Today this one drives and handles like a dream.
This car has one of the longest production runs in history, from the early 1970s to 1990. When it exited stage right, it was still generating healthy profits for the company.
The earliest V-8 SLs, the 1972-1973 models. Horsepower steadily declined in subsequent years, reaching a low with the 380SL. Moreover, these earliest car don't have catalytic converters to worry about, and they have the esthetic advantage of smaller European bumpers.
The 450SL came with a hard top and the soft top, both of which are easy to put on and off. The motor is a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that will take the car to an approximate top speed of 130 mph.
|Overall length (in.)||187.0|
|Engine||4.5 liter V-8|
|Horsepower||226 @ 5000 rpm|
|Transmission||Three -speed Automatic|
|Top speed||130 mph|