USA to Euro Cosmetic Conversion
When the SL was exported to the USA it lost some of the elegance and class to oversized bumpers and quad headlamps. This service removes the export specification parts and puts the car back to European specification.
Why do I need it?
In the 1970s and 80s the thriving economy of the United States made it the perfect export market for an expensive, luxurious open car. The USA also enjoyed the large displacement 560SL, the biggest engine fitted to an R107. These dry climate cars have become highly desirable in Europe – but the USA regulation ‘impact bumpers’ and quad headlights are not to everyone’s taste.
What does it do for the car?
Large ‘pre-impact’ bumpers and left-handed headlights aren’t ideal for British roads. This conversion ensures your car complies with all relevant regulations and gives you the best possible driving experience. Whether you do the complete conversion, just the headlights or just the bumpers is entirely up to you.
What does it do for me?
Many customers who import cars from the USA or elsewhere wish to convert them to European specification. Park a late model USA specification R107 next to its European cousin and the aesthetic difference is stark. European cars have a more sophisticated look, thanks to the smaller bumpers and cleaner headlights. It’s not just the desirability that goes up with a European conversion – we know from experience that the full European conversion increases the value of the car.
Why Choose SLSHOP?
Converting a car from USA to European cosmetic specification is more than just unbolting the headlights. The structure of the bumper mounts need to be changed, along with changes to the wiring. Many cars also have a high level brake light, which can be removed, the hole filled and the paint matched. When it comes to presenting show quality SLs, we know a thing or two. Who else would you entrust to improve the look of your SL? We have the skill, the expertise and the parts department to cater for the most demanding scenarios.
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