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1959 Ford 17M vs. 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK

To start off, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK is newer by 48 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1959 Ford 17M. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1959 Ford 17M would be higher. At 2,996 cc (6 cylinders), 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK (228 HP @ 6100 RPM) has 169 more horse power than 1959 Ford 17M. (59 HP @ 4250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK should accelerate faster than 1959 Ford 17M.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK (300 Nm @ 2700 RPM) has 180 more torque (in Nm) than 1959 Ford 17M. (120 Nm @ 2200 RPM). This means 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1959 Ford 17M.

Compare all specifications:

1959 Ford 17M 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK
Make Ford Mercedes-Benz
Model 17M SLK
Year Released 1959 2007
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1697 cc 2996 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 59 HP 228 HP
Engine RPM 4250 RPM 6100 RPM
Torque 120 Nm 300 Nm
Torque RPM 2200 RPM 2700 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Length 4380 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1680 mm 1790 mm
Vehicle Height 1510 mm 1300 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2440 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L 70 L


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