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Old 08-31-2005, 02:48 PM
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Why Panzer?

Probably a dumb question, but I've seen these cars referred to as Panzers. Why is that?

Mine certainly doesn't drive like a tank.
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Old 08-31-2005, 03:02 PM
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why?

The sl is supposed to stand for sport LIGHT. Before 1972 they were but after 1972 they were rather heavy. Anything but sport light. Built more like a tank. Like a german Panzer to be exact.Hope thi clarifys it for you
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Old 08-31-2005, 03:27 PM
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Armoured vehicles!!
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Old 08-31-2005, 05:46 PM
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Mercedes actually designed and engineered the Panzer tank in WWII
At least according to the History channel
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Old 08-31-2005, 05:55 PM
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"They called it der Panzerwagen. The "armored car", as it translated from the Teutonic tongue, wouldn't seem to be a very dignified name for an automobile that's become one of the most coveted status symbols of our times. But those in Mercedes-Benz engineering who coined the moniker for the new 350SL had a point. Compared with the lovely, svelte 280SL that it was to replace, the 350SL did indeed look brutishly impregnable. "

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Old 08-31-2005, 06:59 PM
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interesting..


i never knew what SL stood for? and I never thought to ask!


sport light? is that true?
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"According to the Stuttgart code, the letter S might stand for either Sport or Super, and the L stood for Leicht (meaning light in weight) more often than it stood for Luxus (which, of course, stands for everything imaginable and nothing that can hurt)..."

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Mercedes-Benz SL & SLC by LJK Setright published by Osprey AutoHistory, Osprey Publishing Limited, 1986
As published in OurSL newsletter, Issue#4, March 10, 2005
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