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Cheshire Classic Benz

Supplying the highest quality examples of classic Mercedes-Benz cars from the 1960s to 1990s

R107 Power Soft Tops

R107th Heaven! – a Power Roof Installation for your SL

The R107 SL is rightly regarded as the iconic classic Mercedes of the 1970’s and 80’s. It has the style, character and content to appeal to just about everybody. Having the longest production run of any Mercedes car at 18 years it was inevitable that updates would be made during its life, and Daimler-Benz succeeded very well in keeping it abreast of technical innovation right to the end in 1989. Except it never had a power operated soft top!

The manual soft top is superbly engineered, and if kept well adjusted is easy to operate. It is fairly heavy however, and is the one thing which puts some people off the car. Many R107s have their hardtops permanently in place for this reason, which is a criminal waste of the car’s best feature.


An American company spotted the need in the early 80’s, and created a superbly engineered electro-hydraulic installation to add power operation to the factory soft top. Two British companies became approved agents and successfully installed the system to thousands of SLs throughout the UK and Europe, in many cases for Mercedes-Benz dealers.

The system was so well designed that Daimler-Benz themselves are thought to have examined one prior to designing the power roof mechanism for the R107’s successor, and the similarities are most apparent. We occasionally manage to purchase cars with original systems in place, and they have always lasted the course very well, however the systems have been unavailable for many years.

In conjunction with one of the original installation engineers we have now found suppliers for the hydraulic, electrical and electronic components required to match the original spec. The result is that Cheshire Classic Benz can now fit power operated soft top mechanisms to R107 SL’s. The system comes with a two year guarantee.


The system is visually undetectable except for an extra switch on the console and a small box in the boot. The driver is still required to latch/unlatch the front catches, but all other operations including latching/unlatching and raising/lowering the back of the hood, opening/closing the hood compartment and raising/lowering the hood itself are automatic and sequential.

The whole operation takes about 25 seconds, and can be completed without leaving the driver’s seat.






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A power soft top being fitted in our workshop for a customer from Hamburg, Germany

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Stock in Preparation, Coronavirus Precautions and Wheels for SaleUpdated 20 September 2021

Stock in Preparation

Due to various staffing and supply issues outside our control it is currently taking much longer to prepare cars, and as a result there are very few for sale on the website at present. Many cars are being reserved prior to being prepared for sale and are selling before they are listed on the website. Models currently awaiting preparation but available for viewing are: R107 300SL roadster, W111 280SE 3.5 coupe, W123 230CE Coupe, W124 300TE estate, W124 230CE coupe, W124 300CE Coupe, W124 E320 Coupe, W124 E320 Sportline cabriolet. Any of them can be viewed and reserved pending preparation, and as soon as you have secured your chosen car by payment of a deposit it will be brought to the head of the queue for immediate attention.

Coronavirus Precautions

We are now open for car viewings by appointment. We are applying recommended social distancing measures, with contact surfaces on cars being sanitised before and after viewings. Accompanied test drives can now be offered once again to customers who have had two vaccinations at least three weeks prior to their visit. Masks must be worn during test drives.



We have been clearing out our stock room and have many wheels, trims and hubcaps for disposal. From the 1960s to 2000s, sizes 13 to 18 inch, alloy and steel, AMG, Lorinser, Carat Duchatelet, Sportline, with and without tyres, full sets and one-offs, for models R107, W108, W111, W113, W123, W124, W126, R129, W140, W201, W202, W220 and others. Call or email with your requirements. We probably have what you need.