KNOWING YOUR R107 AND THE WHEEL OPTIONS
The R107 SL was produced over 18 years, with very few cosmetic changes taking place to the car over this period. Only the door handles were changed, the front valance extended, the track widened and alternate standard Mercedes R107 wheels formed the major updates. Instead, many of the changes were focused on mechanics and comfort – improving power delivery, handling, stopping and driver conveniences. New technology included heated seats, electric mirrors, and adjustable headlamps, to name a few. Engine capacity changes occurred regularly to meet the regulations of different markets and improve the economy, while gearbox options were slimmed down with the removal of the 5-speed manual in 1976. This is just a snapshot of mechanical alterations to the model.
Almost consistent for its full production span, was the option of three different Mercedes R107 wheels, each marking a certain trajectory for the Mercedes brand and the SL design. This article outlines the different Mercedes R107 Wheels available with each model, also guiding you towards alternatives available on the market today.
14” STEEL WHEELS WITH A CHROME PAINTED HUBCAP
As the R107 took over the reins from the W113 Pagoda, designers retained the same wheel options found with its predecessor before offering an additional factory alternative alloy wheel from 1985 until 1989.
The steel wheels featured a chrome painted hubcap, finished in a colour usually that usually matched the main body of the car; with some choosing a contrasting colour for their hubs and hard top.
14” LIGHT-ALLOY WHEEL, ALSO KNOWN AS THE MEXICAN HAT BUNDT ALLOY
NA = North America and applies to models sold from 1978 – 1985.
This variation of wheel was optional with the following models:
280 SL/SLC | 350 SL/SLC | 380 SL/SLC | 450 SL/SLC
15” LIGHT-ALLOY WHEEL, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE FLAT FACE ALLOY WHEEL
First appearing on the W124 E-class in 1984, this style of wheel has become synonymous with the Mercedes-Benz models of the 1980s and 1990s. So much so, because locals nicknamed the wheel ‘gullideckel’ because they mirror the manhole covers found around Germany. These covers mimic the 15 or 16 holes around the outer edge, just like Sacco’s wheels.
Mercedes R107 Wheel Alternatives
So, what are the options for owners of this wonderful vehicle? SLSHOP stocks a variety of wheels to cater for those looking to return their vehicle to original specification, or even enhance their car with more of a performance profile. The following Mercedes r107 wheels are alternatives available on the market today to alter the aesthetics and stance of your car.
This alternative Mexican Hat Mercedes r107 wheel is 2” larger than the standard wheel found with early models, enhancing the stance of the car by reducing rubber and increasing the presence of your wheels within the arch space. The wheel has been designed with the bolts on the inward-facing side, ensuring it matches as close to the original as possible.
These are also available for 300 SL, 420 SL, 500 SL and 560 SL models built from 1986 – 1989.
Also available for pre-facelift cars (1971-1985), are these original Lorinser rims. Lorinser has been producing light-alloy wheels since the first half of the 20th century, and they are no stranger to performance-orientated style. This high-quality product will reduce the weight of your car while offering a sporty and comfortable drive. This product comes with the original TUV certificate.
Suitable for SL & SLC 107, 108, 109, 116, 123 & 126 Models, these premium Mercedes R107 Wheels are significantly lighter than original steel wheels and will improve the handling, stopping and economy of your R107 SL. In addition, the more robust composition means that these wheels are more resistant to the elements, lasting much longer than steel. You will require alternative bolts for these wheels but worth it for the enhanced aesthetic?
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