The C107 model is a CoupÃ© car manufactured by Mercedes Benz, with 2 doors and - seats, sold new from year 1980 to 1981, and available after that as a used car. . Other notable participation in competition included the Rally of Argentina, Rally of New Zealand, Acropolis Rally and Portugal Rally. Lubrication : Wet sump Coolant : Water Engine Alignment : Longitudinal Engine size - Displacement - Engine capacity : 4973 cm3 or 303. They were manufactured by Mercedes Benz to homologate make competition race worthy the 5 litre for road rally purposes.
The is superbly preserved and gives testimony to many years spent in a dry desert climate. Philip Manuell of Indian Wells California sold the car to Abbey Silverstone of Palm Springs California in Feb. Matching, date-coded spare resides below trunk floor; oversized battery--in its original compartment--is strategically located in right rear corner. The example be offered here is certainly in the upper echelon of those Mr. I always thought that that change in displacement, and corresponding lower bore 87 mm and later 86.
The combination of the lighter weight and higher horsepower made for a quick and competitive car that raced successfully with the introduction of the 5 litre engine in the World Rally Championship Series including First Place finishes in 1979 and 1980 at the Ivory Coast Rally. Massive factory support under the leadership of Eric Waxenberger backed the effort behind several entries in the 1979 World Rally Championship. They state for all of them that their production figures were not documented separately. This precision instrument svivels to increase legibility for the co-pilot. Headlight stone guards Stuttgart license plate Competition hood pins German Tech sticker. The cars were given massive factory support under the leadership of Eric Waxenberger.
The hood and trunk lids are made from aluminum for significant weight savings. The displacement of the original 5. Charcoal gray velour carpeting looks new. The 107 series had been released in 1971 with the 200 horsepower 147 kW 3. It is not a replica; it's the real thing! All Modern Amenities including air conditioning, power windows and power steering.
The following year the 280E of Zasada and Krupa finished sixth in the African Safari Rally. For a more incognito look, all the authentic numbers and decals could be removed, but wouldn't that be a sin?! For example, the ash tray has been relocated to the rear of the center console to make room for the working vintage Rallye Counter. Rear seat assembly easily removes for competition. Following the 1978 and 1979 successes, an even greater effort went into the 1980 season. A period of around twelve years then elapsed before Mercedes-Benz cars were again seen in rallies. In the same event Cowan suffered rear brake problems. A small handful of homologation specials were made and sold the European market.
Here's a race car with a carpeted trunk spacious enough to handle the vacation luggage of an entire family! In the Rally of New Zealand Mikkola finished third and Waldegard fifth. The ultra-comfy front chairs are actually very nicely contoured and provide ample support during fast, swervaceous road trips. About chassis details responsible for road holding, handling behaviour and ride confort, the C107 has Coil springs. But, does the sight of a big, luxurious Mercedes elevate a sports car enthusiast's heartbeat? Not entering every event for the 1980 season resulted in Mercedes finishing fourth overall in the championship. We went the extra mile and spent almost two years to lovingly restore this perfectly rust free car to its former competition glory, with the goal of running Brock Yates' coast-to-coast Cannonball Rallye and the Colorado Grand. This was never to eventuate and the 1980 champion was left without a drive for 1981. The rate of attrition across all entrants was huge including Cowan who crashed.
Both these models are sought by collectors today. Mercedes recruited winning driver Walter Rohrl who had been driving for Fiat in preparation for the following year. Jean Pierre Ganier and Patrick Depailler of the Tyrrell Formula 1 team also chose the 500 as their daily drivers. The car was acquired by Scott Grundfor Co. Daimler-Benz realised that its cars had the necessary durability for rallies and that with more power they could achieve further success.
For the Rally of Argentina engine output increased to 340 hp 250 kW despite a slight reduction in displacement to 4,975 cc. While other manufacturers were rallying small to medium sized cars, Daimler-Benz decided that following their experiences with the 280E, the coupe version of their 107 series was the car to use. They were also only available as 4-door sedans. Petrol Fuel System : Bosch K-Jetronic fuel inj. A legal California resident ever since, it remained in a private collection in Palm Springs until early 2000, when we were fortunate to acquire the car.
Previously all 107 models used engines with alloy cylinder heads on cast iron cylinder blocks. Hatch was speaking of due to its meticulous care over the years. Keeping the car's dual-purpose nature in mind, we opted for a factory suspension set up and softer brake pads. Fewer than 100 cars were imported into the United States. Reportedly, just 40 '79 5. Engine 117-960-12-001097 is as healthy as Leni Riefenstahl at the height of her career.