Market Commentary

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08 Jun, 2021

The SL-Registry Website with Searchable Database is finally live! We narrowed the bug list down to the point where we just decided its best to turn it on! (Link in Bio if you can’t guess what comes after sl-registry in the url.) The Search feature allows searching by VIN (full or last 5) or by year or model. We currently have close to 8,000 R107 in our database including 3K of 450s and 2K of 560s and 1.6K of 380s. We do have a long way to go to catch them all though we are adding records every day! The website still has our well-used Option Decoder and Paint Color listing. We’ve added the searchable database feature, Register Your Car, and our Instagram market commentary feed. Coming soon will be a For Sale section as well as a tuned mobile version. We have a small pay-wall for viewing individual car records but are offering a free membership while we do this ‘soft launch’. Please check out the website and if you have any feedback we’re happy to hear it. If you have a R107 related company and would like to advertise with us, please DM us.

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28 May, 2021

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24 May, 2021

1977 350SL Vin# 10704312013078 is for sale on CL in Detroit Michigan for $18,500. We are covering #13078 simply because it’s a fraternal twin of our favorite SL that the Registry staff owned, 1978 350SL Vin#13432 . (We covered this 13432 in one of our first posts on May 22, 2019.) Both are an underappreciated color that doesn’t photo that well but looks great in person - Brilliant Red Metallic (code 525).We prefer the black interior of our former car to the parchment interior of this one. It’s interesting that #13708 was built in July of 1977 while 13432 was built in January of 1978. It took Mercedes six months to sell another three hundred fifty four 350s. Sales were certainly slowing down with this engine size as the 280 probably cannibalized sales in Europe at the time. Another reason to cover #13078 is that we are very partial to 3.5L cars. The engine is plenty powerful but they don’t feel “heavy” like most of the 4.5L examples we’ve had. We recommend trying one out if you can. As for #13708, the seller is asking a strong $18,500 and they don’t realize it’s a 350 and not a 450. Mileage is indicated to be 74K miles – which is fairly low. We got $15.5 for our car a few years ago but though the mileage was higher at 114K, the condition was much better. Overall, if the price could come down into the lower teens it seems like a very interesting car. Assuming its good mechanically, remove the fender skirts, polish the paint, replace the radio antenna and drop the square turn signals - you are done. We hope it sells to a good home.

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12 May, 2021

BAT mints another high R107 price! This time 1971 350SL Manual VIN# 10704310002466 sold for $42,000 on April 30th. This was certainly $10K too high for the car but there were two bidders that really wanted that transmission. The under bidder’s only other BAT bids were on 350 manual VIN# 10704310007720 back in April of 2020. (We covered #7720 back at that time.) On #2466, the winning bidder had just joined BAT in March and had bid on a couple of manual Pagodas and a manual E-type. So the manual transmission was really what got these two fired up. #2466 was being sold by @automotionclassics so we believe it to have been in good running order and not needing anything mechanical. On the cosmetic side, the car is in the driver category with a deflated driver seat, missing seat trim and a number of other minor cosmetic issues. It does have good eyeball though with the astral silver exterior and the attractive early black/grey interior. We really like these early black interiors more than the other two tones that were available. Now the winner has bought it, what to do with it? It will take some work if you want to show it. Certainly for that price, normally the cosmetics would have been a few notches higher. So in our eyes, this makes it a great car to put some miles on and enjoy. Its nice enough to impress but not so precious that one is afraid to use it. We hope the buyer gets a lot of pleasure out of it. One other thing that caught our eye was the Italian market clear/orange front turn signals. We’d never seen that before on a R107. We are now on the lookout for a set. How cool are they?! One thing the registry staff was also on the lookout for is/was another manual 3.5L … this result may have made us do something we would not normally have done… more on that next week!

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29 Apr, 2021

1973 450SLC Vin# 10702412002604 is on CL in Colorado Springs, Colorado for $20K. A one owner car, it looks to be in nice condition, has a rebuilt and highly tuned engine, nice interior, euro headlights and a good stance with a set of 16” @maxilitewheels Penta Replicas. Considering the rebuilt engine with extensive tuning work, $20K seems like a fair price. The engine work described in the ad is probably $15-20K by itself. Given all that, the $20K ask compares well with silver on black 1973 450SLC #10702412000339 sold on BAT back in October 2020. #339 sold for $17.8K and its main positives were recent maintenance, nice driver condition, a great stance and its @macarbonfiber 16” Bundt wheels. Only things we could say are negatives on #2604 is the strange wood in the interior, constant claims in the ad its a euro, the butt-ugly 560SL 3rd brake light wart and the MASSIVE BLUE FLAMES!!!!! BLUE FLAMES!!!! WHO PAINTS BLUE FLAMES DOWN THE ENTIRE SIDE OF THEIR SLC? We think the reason the flames are blue is not to match the interior but because blue is the color of $100 bills when they go up in flames! Actually, we made that up. $100 bills make nice yellow light we hear. But wow! The blue flame design goes from the tip of the headlight to the taillights. Its obviously not vinyl or they would have been removed already. Question would be if the flames could carefully be sanded off or if the car has to have at least a repaint on the sides. Although the previous owner obviously liked the flames, we think that person is a singular individual. Some might say ‘that’s cool’ but few would have any interest in driving it with them on there. Maybe the best use is to turn it into a Rally replica considering the engine work? Or buy it cheap enough that the cost of the repaint is absorbed mostly by the seller. Wow.

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