1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC with 54k miles

While the R107 Mercedes-Benz is fast becoming the quintessential classic Mercedes-Benz, it’s hardtop sibling, the C107 SLC coupe has been relegated to a bit of obscurity in the annals of automotive history. It was a curious offering, a large Mercedes coupe based off the smaller SL roadster. I always wondered what would have became of the SLC if Mercedes developed it fully to the end of the R107 run, but with the introduction of the SEC coupe in 1982, it was not to be. This 1976 450SLC is a one family owned car and smack dab in the middle of the production run. With just over 54,000 miles on the clock, this is one to watch.

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Year: 1976
Model: 450SLC
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 54,888 mi
Price: Reserve auction

1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC
U.S. Model
Serial Number 4147

Details:

-54,888 original miles
-owned by the same Florida family since new
-absolutely no accidents of mishaps of any kind
-superbly maintained
-always garaged
-absolutely no rust anywhere
-original Becker Mexico cassette stereo
-sunroof works great
-air conditioning works great
-suspension is firm ~ no noises
-excellent transmission ~ shifts smoothly through all gears ~ no lag into reverse
-strong engine ~ very well tuned
-the tires are closer to new than to replacement

This 450SLC came out of an estate in Orlando, Florida. Unfortunatly, because the owner passed away the family members who received the car in the estate settlement were not careful with keeping the service records. This is very common here in Florida whereby the elderly owners of these special cars pass away and the family comes in and throws everything away to quickly clean the estate and sell it. Terrible. Hence I unfortunately do not have any service records. I realize that’s important for all of you buyers ~ especially those in Europe. It is what it is ~ I can’t change this.

I’ve been selling these old Mercedes since 1988 when I lived in Germany and sent them back to the U.S. It was referred to as the “Gray Market Days” ~ the US Dollar was strong and cars in Germany were cheap for us. The reason I say this is because I remember when these cars were only 10-12 years old. I drove them on the autobahns at speeds up to 150 mph. So, my point is this: in my opinion this 450SLC has the true miles, has good pedigree, very straight with no weirdness, no aftermarket anything, tight steering, tight suspension, smooth running powerful engine, and a smooth shifting transmission that comes with a true low-mile Mercedes from that era.

You are welcome to have the car inspected. Please have any inspections done prior to bidding. If you want me to do a walk-around telephone call with you then please simply ask and we’ll set that up. I waited a few days for our lift to free up so I could take underbelly photos, but the Ferrari on there cannot be taken off. So, I need to post this now on eBay and will add underbelly shots as soon as I can. I have seen the underbelly and it’s beautifully clean and rust free.

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This is one of the nicer SLCs I’ve come across lately, although the parchment interior isn’t the greatest when it comes to complimenting the silver paintwork. Dark blue would be my preference for the inside, or perhaps a burgundy or black. Prices for these hardtops lag a bit behind their open-roofed siblings, but find a good one and it will command a bit of a premium. Hagerty is listing a top condition SLC at just over $20,000, and I’d suspect this one should fetch somewhere in the $14,000 to $16,000 range as a realistic estimate.

-Paul