1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

One of my favorite configurations of cars is ‘business on the outside, party on the inside’. A reverse mullet of sorts. What I mean is, a car that has a standard appearance on the exterior, usually a subdued color, but a totally bright and wild interior. Usually you can just peak inside the windows to see something happening in there and it is all the more interesting once you finally get a full look inside. Today’s car, a 1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SL up for sale in California, is exactly that.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Imagine walking into a Mercedes-Benz dealer today and saying “Yes, I’m in the market for a new SL. Do you have one in yellow?” The sales representative would probably look at you a little strange then come to realize he or she could talk you into plopping down an extreme amount for a custom color — granted that dealer had enough pull to fulfill the request. But roughly 38 years ago, you could grab a SL right off the lot in yellow. No one batted an eye at this because after all, it was 1979 and yellow was also a color that people painted their homes. Not everyone is now lining up to buy a yellow house (unless it’s at a beach) but this 1979 450SL up for sale in Tennessee? It’s garnering bids because it is not ugly, but period correct.

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Year: 1979
Model: 450SL
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 102,627 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

You are bidding on a very desirable highly optioned 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible finished in maple yellow with saddle interior. Between 2013 and 2017, this classic was painted back to the original color, base coat/clear coat including the removable hard top. A brake job was completed including resurfaced rotors and drums, new pads, hone wheel cylinders. New plugs, wires, distributor cap, and battery were installed and tires replaced as well as a complete tune-up. A new set of Jaspe (Black-Tan-Rust) floor mats were installed. Reserve is less than restoration receipts alone. Winning bidder will also receive a new hard top rolling stand with cover to store the hardtop when not on car. Vehicle will need a new convertible top installed and you can pick your favorite color.

Mileage may vary slightly from photo as this car is driven occasionally. Clear Mississippi title will be provided. Reserve is very low (less than recent restoration receipts) so bid with confidence. This car runs and drives great with no smoke or leaks. Tracks down the road straight with plenty of power. Chrome is in good condition with one minor scratch shown in photo and black bumper trim is in good shape. All gauges work (speedometer, odometer, tach, temp, gas gauge, oil pressure, etc. )including the clock. Lights and blinkers work perfectly. Even the original AM/FM Becker radio and speakers work properly. Among the many factory options include power electric windows, folding armrest, auto antenna (works), heat insulating glass, bumper guards, central locking system and others. Headliner on hard top is in good condition. Some small pieces of carpet have been removed when car was painted but are in trunk and can be reinstalled or you can inexpensively install these small pieces with new carpet. Two pieces of chrome trim missing on side of seats but these are available and do not affect the functioning of the seats. Dash pad is good with one small crack shown in photos. ACC unit works intermittently.

VERY LOW RESERVE, less than restoration receipts provided with sale of car. Local pick up available but buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping. Car is being sold for a friend and is located in Memphis, Tennessee. $1,000 deposit required within 48 hours (cash, certified check, or PayPal. Balance due within three days. I can assist with loading if car is being shipped.

This R107 is far from a cream puff or garage queen. It has been painted once, it needs a new convertible top, the wood is cracking, some of the carpet is missing, it has a dash cap that even has a large split in it and under the hood is some serious oxidation. Despite all this, the seller says that mechanically the car up to snuff and everything is working fine. I’d still be wary of everything on this car but it doesn’t seem like it is a total lost cause. 1979 wasn’t a great year by any means for the R107 as you still were saddled with the 3-speed automatic, single-row timing chain M117 V8 and god forsaken automatic climate control system. But for whatever reason, these things still have a fair amount of demand.

Where this auction ends will be interesting. This is no doubt a real work in progress car that can still be driven, but you would think anyone buying one of these in yellow wants to show it off. The haggard interior will need some effort and I would think the price would reflect that. It still amazes that R107s like these will bring a higher price than a decent R129 that is in much better shape. If this thing tops $10,000 I’ll be beside myself, but then again nothing in this inflated market really shocks me anymore.

– Andrew

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Over the past few weeks, we’ve covered pretty much the range of SL products from the awesome 300SL Roadster Andrew found through yesterday’s Mineral Green R129 500SL. When it comes to the R107 model, the second longest production cycle for Mercedes-Benz (only outdone by the stone-age G), generally we spend most of our time looking at the more prevalent and popular 560 models. Seemingly synonymous with the 1980s, Signal Red SLs are often flanked by black and white models. But let’s not forget that the R107 was a child of the 1970s, and when you head back to the beginning of the production cycle the colors become fittingly bell-bottomed. Suddenly, the red, black and whites are replaced by cream, browns, and greens – and while the colors can really date the chassis, occasionally they look pretty spectacular. Such is the case with today’s unique U.S. specification 450SL from 1973, only the second year of R107 production. Presented in DB-860 Green with green MB Tex and dash, the only thing missing is Carly Simon’s “You’re so vain” playing in the background:

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1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL with 6,600 miles

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Probably one of the most clichéd cars ever, the R107 was everywhere in the 1970s and 1980s. Probably it is because it lived a long enough life that a child could be conceived in it, then sent off to college and Mercedes-Benz were still selling them on their showroom floors. From Magnum, P.I., to Dallas, to Knight Rider – even Wonder Woman drove one of these. I’m still trying to piece together how she afforded a $32,000 car (over $140,000 in today’s dollars) on a government salary. What that left us with today is a market full of used R107s that are harder to get rid of than free kittens. Go jump on Craiglist and search ‘Mercedes SL’ and you’ll find listing after listing of these parked in front of nice but clearly dated homes with phrases like ”time to let her go” and ”I have the original hardtop too!!” I usually don’t even bother looking at R107 ads anymore but this one caught my eye. The rare color of Cayenne Orange and a sparse 6,600 miles had me curious. So if you aren’t tired enough of seeing R107s for sale, let’s check this 1977 450SL out in North Carolina.

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1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

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The 1970s were generally seen as a pretty harsh time for the automobile. It was the end of the era for large American sedans with big V8s under the hood and muscle cars. Consumers in the US turned to a myriad of imported subcompact cars to combat ever rising fuel prices. Things stayed fairly consistent at Mercedes-Benz, with exception of some larger bumpers and lighting differences as compared to their European market counterparts. Through it all, from 1972 to 1989, there was one car that defined the brand, the R107 SL roadster. Whether it was cruising the Sunset Strip or going on a weekend jaunt to The Hamptons, the SL was the car to be seen in during that era. I generally prefer the later 300SL and 560SL variants, but this 1977 450SL for sale in California has caught my attention. For the mileage, the car presents very well and the Anthracite Grey over black MB-tex livery gives it an almost timeless vibe.

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Mercedes-Benz R107 SL Extravaganza

It’s no secret that the Mercedes-Benz R107 SL is riding a popularity wave at the present time. With an almost 20 year production run, there’s a version for pretty much everyone. But which to choose? Today we’ll look at four very different R107s, from a mid-seventies example right up to the final 560SL that appeared on these shores. We’ll start with this low mileage 560SL for sale in Florida.

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1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

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The problem with classic cars at times is they aren’t that agreeable to live with on a regular basis. Whether its adjusting carburetors, leaky convertible tops or dealing with less than adequate braking capabilities, there’s always going to be a bit of compromise. Of all the classics, however, older Mercedes-Benzes are some of the best that can blend in with modern motoring. Timeless looks with safety and performance to keep up with modern times makes cars like this 450SL from the mid 1970s an attractive piece. This one for sale in Florida has just under 60,000 miles and wears it’s original paint over a restored interior.

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1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

I’ll confess, I’m a huge fan of 1970s culture. A lot of this enthusiasm boils down to the music I listen to, whether it be disco, punk or the grand orchestral arrangements mixed with soul and funk overtones that epitomized the Philly Sound. While the automotive scene in the 1970s was a bit of a wasteland, there were a few bright spots. Key of which was the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL, which lasted a full decade longer after the seventies came to a close. We’ve featured many R107 SL roadsters and C107 SLC coupes on GCFSB, but this 1975 450SL in Cayenne Orange is an eye-opener and brings you right back to the period of lava lamps, leisure suits and Led Zeppelin.

Year: 1975
Model: 450SL
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 142,000 mi
Price: $15,750

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1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SL R107 Roadster. The W107 chassis of the 280, 350, 380, 450 and 560SLs was one of the longest running production bodies in the Daimler-Benz AG’s line, and W107s are extremely well built and collectable. It is also the first V8 powered two-seater to be built at the Stuttgart, Germany factory. 450SL’s are plentiful, but it’s very hard to find one with this rare and highly desirable color combination, that is unmolested, and has been meticulously maintained, and documented!

Only 142,000 original and documented miles. That is only 3,700 miles per year! You will see there are some “low mileage” SL’s out there, but do they have records supporting the stated mileage, how long ago odometer stopped working (big problem with older Mercedes), is it original cluster??!! Truth is, many will have no records supporting their mileage! In this case mileage is correct and documented including all stampings and service records (in excess of $28,000!)

This beauty also comes with all original books and manuals as well as its original data card and its tool kit. It’s original and highly desirable and rare Cayenne Orange Paint shines beautifully and combined with Parchment Interior this Classic German roadster looks stunning! Its original Cayenne Orange (#406H) paint has a beautiful shine and luster and it makes this German roadster look timeless! Chrome is in beautiful condition, complete with healthy luster and this beautiful roadster is a head turner and conversation piece everywhere it goes.

This Mercedes is only a two owner car and it was California Vehicle its whole life. Current owner purchased this beauty from his best friend in 1983 and owned it and cherished it until this day! Being California car its whole life, it is very solid and its undercarriage is all original, unmolested and most importantly it is rust free! Body is also straight and solid and all doors, hood and trunk are operating with ease, with everything lining up as it should. It has been always garaged, pampered and kept away from rain and bad weather. Factory VIN # stamping on the front radiator support is another sign of originality of this car. (please see pictures)

There is not a lot of 450SL’s out there in this solid and amazingly kept and preserved condition. It comes with both soft top and the hard top! Chocolate Brown Canvas Soft top is like brand new, in excellent condition and it is very easy to operate. Back Plastic windows are crystal clear. Hard top is also in excellent condition, including all original Sekurit glass and the headliner which is clean and rips and tears free! Another sign of originality of this beautiful car is stamping mark on the Hard Top (7284) which reflects the last four digits of the vehicles data card number.

-Interior

Its original and elegant Parchment interior is in wonderful condition. MB-Tex seats are in excellent condition, new looking and they are very supportive and comfortable. This Mercedes comes with power windows and they are working as they should. Just take a look at the pictures and you will get an idea about the condition of this car, how nicely it is kept and how beautiful it is.

-Engine & Transmission

4.5 Liter V8 Engine is strong and powerful as ever with only 142,000 original and documented miles. All of its maintenance and mileage is documented and there is over $28,000 in documents and receipts, as it owner wanted to make sure that his baby runs just as good as it looks. Whatever this car needed, it was always addressed without a wait or expenses spared. Automatic transmission shifts smoothly and effortlessly through every gear. This German roadster handles great at the high speeds and it is very comfortable. Air conditioning works as it should and this car is ready for some topless fun! There is nothing better than driving down the road with the top down and the wind in your hair!

This beautiful roadster comes all complete with its original maintenance books and manuals, original tool set, and its original production data card. Original spare tire is still in the trunk, and when you take a look at it, you will notice ORIGINAL green dot on the Wheel (please see pictures), which indicates that this spare tire NEVER touched the road. With its rare and desirable color combination, being only two owner California car (current owner owned it for over 30 years!!!), plus documented maintenance (over $28,000 in receipts) there is not a lot of 450SL’s like this one on the road!

-Values

Value of this car is increasing from day to day, and unlike stocks, this is only investment that can be your investment and your “toy” at the same time! Just checkout NADA (www.nada.com) values below and the best thing is, value of this car will only continue to appreciate, as cars in this condition are getting harder and harder to come by!

http://www.nadaguides.com/Classic-Cars/1975/Mercedes-Benz/450SL/2-Door-Roadster/Values

High Retail Price: $23,100

The seller has been pretty reasonable with the Buy it Now figure. Top prices for SLs of this vintage can land anywhere in the $20,000 to $25,000 range. While this car does have high mileage, the continuous record keeping and extensive maintenance performed by the previous owners adds a lot of value to the equation here. If the car looks as fresh in person as it does in these photos, this would be a car I would put at the top of the list for those in the market.

-Paul

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Almost 40 years on from its introduction, the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL is still turning heads. If one had to write a list of the most important Mercedes-Benz models of the 20th century, this roadster surely would be included. It has always been a personal favorite of mine, but aside from late model examples from 1986 through 1989, my favorite has to be the early models with the slim non-federalized bumpers. It lends an air of simplicity to an iconic design. Here’s an early, two owner 450SL with a nice patina for sale in Indiana with no reserve.

The seller states:

1973 Mercedes Benz 450SL, VIN: 10704412007462

NO RESERVE!!!! I Highly argue to come see this car!!!

Up for auction is well documented piece of machinery. This 450sl has all documentation since 1973-2011. It has original sticker. ALL service records done by mercedes. It has the data plate for the original owner. Has every book brochure and invoice attached to this car.This Benz has been garaged its whole life. It has been sitting for the past 6 years with less than 400 miles per year.

The car is in pristine condition. All chrome pieces are a 10 out of 10… NO dents. ALL is perfect. The undercarriage has no coating and it looks like it just came out of the factory. I have both hard and soft tops. Both tops are in mint condition. The hard top is all black. ALL wheels are in mint condition. leather there is no rips or tears. This car drives straight and extremely a smooth ride. NO problems at all.

The car is 2nd owner vehicle. Car was purchased brand new from Automaster Motor Co. inc. 1835 shelburne rd. South Burlington, Vermont. The car was ported from new york and shipped to Vermont.

The first owner owned it from 1973-2002. The second owner from 2002-2011 and current owner. This car is truly a unbelievable and rare oppurtunity to own this masterpiece. It is truly a must see.

The one good thing about the 450SL is that it is a rather understressed engine with the all important dual timing chains. The later, all aluminum 3.8 liter V8 in the 380SL had single timing chains, leading to a not so nice marriage of the valves with the pistons if not properly cared for. With a popular shade of resale silver and a few days left in the auction, I’d wager to say this example probably will fetch around the $15k mark. Then again, with over 20 bids already, it may reach higher. Hopefully this SL finds a good home and the third owner appreciates it as much as the first two.

-Paul

1973 Mercedes 450SL LT1 One Of a Kind, sorta crazy

This oddity is being offered with no reserve. The seller offers very little description, which you really would wan with a car this modified. What is known is it looks fairly nuts, has a 1994 Camaro Z28 suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes, a 3.23 posi rear end, LT1 engine, and a 6 speed manual. The mileage is listed as 1500, which I am certain is just since the new engine and not total mileage, which is unknown. The seller says to give him a call if you want more info, but I’m sure he would get more bids if he just listed more description.
The custom body work and two tone paint make this stand out. Probably would look even more modern if the front U.S. spec roundies were replaced with Euro spec headlights. I’m really not sure what to think, but the shaved bumpers do make the R107 body look good. The car comes with he factory hard top. The interior looks empty, with most of the stock items removed.
No reserve with bids to $7,600. We’ll see what the market says about this creation.

~Evan