The classic 1972 – 1989 Mercedes SL spanned 18 model years without one body panel change

small Mercedes 560SL aero bumper

Spy photos such as this one circulated in mid-1980s car magazines prior to the 560SLs introduction showed 107s desert testing with one-piece, integrated plastic bumpers in place of the 1974 design units.  For whatever reasons, they never made production and the classic style bumpers were retained through 1989.

Spy photos such as this one circulated in mid-1980s car magazines prior to the 560SLs introduction showed 107s desert testing with one-piece, integrated plastic bumpers in place of the 1974 design units. For whatever reasons, they never made production and the classic style bumpers were retained through 1989.

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