What Are Some Standard Items on a Mercedes-Benz 380 SL?


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Standard features of a Mercedes-Benz 380 SL include a front-mounted V8 engine, four-speed automatic gearbox and independent suspension. Imports in the U.S. included changes to the headlight and front and rear bumpers.

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The Mercedes-Benz 380 SL is part of a collection of SL and SLC models forming the second-longest single series of cars produced by Mercedes-Benz. Introduced in Europe in 1980, the 380 SL was continually manufactured until 1985.

The original model, the 280 SL was introduced to the American market in 1974, with some changes to its standard appearance. To comply with National Highway Traffic Regulations, 8-inch rubber was added to both bumpers, and the headlights were changed to quad lights.

The 380 SL was imported into the U.S. between 1981 and 1985. This model was the least powerful of the roadsters in the SL series. All SL variants are two-seat roadsters with a soft top as standard. Optional features included folding seats for the rear bench and hardtop.

Standard features depend on the year of manufacture because Mercedes-Benz was continually fixing problems with the timing chain, cooling system and other features. If the 380 SL was manufactured between 1981 and 1983, it would have been fitted with a single-row timing chain. Early vehicles were plagued with timing chain problems and often corrected by Mercedes-Benz free of charge. After 1983, vehicles were fitted with a double timing chain as a standard feature.

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