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1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SLC Euro-Spec

The SLC is really one of those cars that most of the time I ignore, but occasionally a really neat one pops up and grabs my attention. Sometimes that’s a cool 5.0 WRC homologation model, but I also like the base cars in European specification:

1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SLC Euro-Spec

Today we have another of these Euro models to consider, though this one decidedly looks more a child of the early 70s than the previous few I’ve looked at:

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Year: 1980
Model: 280SLC
VIN: WDB10702212009032
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 66,000 mi (TMU)
Location: Jacksonville , Florida
Price: $26,999 Buy It Now

Make Mercedes-Benz
Model 280SLC
Year 1980
VIN WDB10702212009032
Exterior Lapis Blue
Interior Blue Plaid
Engine 2.8L I6
Transmission Automatic
Miles 66562
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– Up For Sale is Our 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SLC Euro
– 1980 Model Year Mercedes-benz SLC280 Euro Model
– C107 2.8L Inline 6 cylinder
– Four speed automatic transmission
– Fuel system cleaned in October of 2020
– New distributor in 2020
– New lines and fuel tank installed in 2020
– Seller reports a recent repaint
– Factory tool kit
– Manufacturers literature included
– Three keys reported

This SLC was first delivered to Belgium, and the Lapis Blue paint sure looks great at a distance. Get a bit closer and it looks like there’s some corrosion hiding for sure and it’s been repainted, but it still looks decent I like the early-style hubcaps, which help to complete the simple look of the slimmer European version. Inside is equally awesome plaid fabric, and you can just see that this car was imported in the 80s most likely and then semi-Federalized; this explains the MPH cluster, but thankfully it kept the Euro-spec headlights and bumpers. The seller claims there was some fuel system work, but little else is disclosed. Are these $27,000 today? Probably not. A 4-speed car sold in March for $15,500, and a US-market example sold for half that amount in February. Not to mention the last example I looked at before the break, which hit the market at $11k. These are compelling cars in that price range, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be excited to pay a lot more for one. Over $20,000, it feels like there are more interesting cars to consider.


One Comment

  1. Greg
    Greg April 11, 2022

    I do agree the 5.0 cars are pretty cool, they were produced to compete with the BMW 635csi before the SEC coupes came out. Unfortunately these look awkward to me, probably the extended wheelbase over the SL roadster.

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