About a month again I looked at a 1980 280SLC which I found intriguing for two reasons: the relatively low cost and its rare color. Today’s 1974 450SLC for sale in Virginia is a car along those same lines. It is presented in a nice color and, surprisingly, at an even lower cost. It has its flaws but that is probably to be expected for a Mercedes as cheap as this one is. Like I mentioned before, the C107 surely isn’t my favorite Mercedes ever, but deals like this one have me softening my stance on them.
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Classic and rare 450SLC 4 passenger coupe.
Engine Type: M117
275.8 V-8 with overhead cam shafts, electronic fuel injection, 5 main bearings, positive valve rotators & transistorized ignition.
3 speed automatic transmission with torque converter, disk brakes on 4 wheels with power assist, power assist steering, 2.7 turns lock to lock.
Body: Welded unitized construction
Halogen fog lights
Power sliding sunroof
Center rear seat armrest
Needs: AC repair (or replace) and new radio or sound system. The AM/FM original system only works well on the AM setting. The paint and trim are in good shape, two small “bubbles” near the tire wells. See the photos for clarity.
Work done: We have replaced the radiator, hoses, and clamps, (2) front headlight systems, front bucket seats to match original rear leather seats, battery is recent. The car runs well and has been garaged in Virginia. We’re downsizing and won’t have the space to keep it.
I must admit I am a sucker for dark green cars. I’d buy all my cars in dark green if I could, but sadly when dealing with the cars I personally buy (old Mercedes), color is usually the last thing I can be picky about.…