The Ockhuisen Collection:

Mercedes-Benz cars from the seventies

107 series SL-Class Roadsters, 1971 - 1985

In spring 1971, another production sports car was presented with the Type 350 SL, replacing the 280 SL, which had been built since January 1968. Technically, this model was a brand new development which had almost nothing in common with its predecessor. However, the same basic components had already been used in other Mercedes-Benz models: Front and rear wheel suspension was basically the same as that of the ” Stroke Eight” models and the V8-engine was a familiar feature of the saloons, coupés and convertibles of the 280 SE 3.5 Type.

The R107 Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz R107 series was produced from 1971 until 1989.

237,287 cars were built.

107 series SLC Coupés, 1971 - 1981

Type 350 SLC, presented at the Paris Motor Show in October 1971, became the successor of the coupé models 280 SE and 280 SE 3.5. They had not been produced any more since June and August 1971 respectively. In February 1972, four months after the premiere, the series production of the newcomer – internally called C 107 – began. In contrast to its predecessors, the new coupé was not based on a limousine of the upper class, but rather was a sister model of the 350 SL, presented six months ago. Except for the hard roof of the SLC, both variants were identical up to the door rear edge. The differences showed themselves in the rear half of the car. The wheelbase, prolonged by 360 mm in comparison to the SL, allowed a larger interior and four full-sized seats.

Mercedes-Benz 500 SLC 

Flagship model of the luxury-class coupés based on the SL Roadster of model series 107, produced from 1980 to 1981. The 450 SLC 5.0 was built from 1978 to 1980 with the same engine.

116 series S-Class Saloons, 1972 - 1980

In September 1972 a totally new car generation of the upper class was presented to the public. For the first time the name “Mercedes-Benz S-Class” was officially used. It replaced model series 108/109 and at that time consisted of Types 280 S, 280 SE and 350 SE. Six months later the S-Class saloon was also available with a larger displacement capacity in the 4.5-liter V8-engine, parallel to the 450 SL and the 450 SLC. At the same time Type 450 SEL was launched with a wheelbase extended by 100 mm. As with its predecessors the rear passengers thus benefitted from the newly gained leg room. Since November 1973 the prolonged version was also available as 350 SEL, since April 1974 finally also as 280 SEL.

The Mercedes-Benz W116

The Mercedes-Benz W116 is a series of flagship luxury sedans produced from September 1972 until 1980. The W116 automobiles were the first Mercedes-Benz models to be officially called S-Class, although earlier sedan models had already unofficially been designated with the letter ‘S’ – for Sonderklasse or “special class.”

123 series saloons, 1975 - 1985

In January 1976 the W 114/115 series “Stroke Eight” models were replaced by a totally reconstructed type range with the internal designation W 123. The model family ranged from the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Diesel with 55 hp to the 2.8-liter 6-cylinder injection engine with 185 hp.

Baureihe W123 1976/1985.

This was a vehicle that belonged to the higher middle segment. The car became so popular that in the early production years there was a waiting list, in some cases longer than two years, and in extreme cases well over two years.

126 series S-Class Saloons, 1979 - 1985 (first generation)

In September 1979 a new generation of the S-Class was presented at the Frankfurt International Motor Show IAA. The range of series 126 first comprised seven models. There was a choice of four engines – from the 2.8-liter six-cylinder carburettor engine with 156 hp to the 5.0-liter all-aluminium V8-engine with petrol injection and 240 hp. Furthermore, one could decide between two body variants. Beside the normal version there was a prolonged variant as had been offered for generations in the upper-class saloons. This time the enlargement of the wheelbase with 140 mm was more remarkable than usual. As always it all was of benefit to the passenger leg room and the entrance width of the rear doors