The R107-generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL, built from 1971 to 1989, was like any new Mercedes at its introduction: a technological tour de force. Yes, even when festooned with leering quad headlights. Yes, even with period-correct battering ram bumpers that could knock down the . Yes, even when driven straight from to . But a slab-sided luxo-barge with rock-solid unflappability and cushy calmness just might be what we fondly remember about Benzes before the first Bush regime.
Now, this period-correct archival footage—complete with not-so-period-correct Discovery Channel-esque peppy voiceover—shows the R107 in its finest state: bravely maintaining its composure through a series of slaloms, bumps, and suspension-torturing nasties, squatting and diving and transferring its prodigious weight (for its time, anyway) with the greatest of ease.
Boing. Boing. Boing. Boing. Boing.