1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

I’ve always admired the Mercedes-Benz C107 SLC. It’s one of those cars that doesn’t get a lot of attention and as a result, has turned into an affordable classic. If you caught a glimpse from the front, you’d be mistaken to think this was another seventies or eighties era SL, but look a little more closely, and you’ll notice a windscreen that is a bit more vertical. Then take a walk around the side and the extra length and louvers in the rear quarter windows are readily apparent. The C107 and open roofed R107 SL sibling have been called some of the prettiest Mercedes-Benzes ever made.

This SLC for sale in Connecticut has been restored and has the euro spec headlamps and slim bumpers which add to the lithe appearance. But don’t be fooled by its grace. These are robust machines with plenty of power on tap.

Year: 1974
Model: 450SLC
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 141,000 miles
Price: Reserve auction

1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC on eBay

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This classic Benz has been my personal vehicle for the past 19 years. It’s in amazing condition. About 3 years ago I had the body completely stripped and refinished in a stunning burgundy PPG metallic, and exceptional attention was paid to the detail as can be seen in the pictures. The interior was meticulously restored in the original colors and looks as good as it did when it came from the showroom. The bumpers and headlights were converted to the Euro style which restores the original classic look. Many mechanical upgrades have been made including a complete new exhaust system, brakes, new radial tires, Pertronix electronic ignition and fresh tune up, new battery and new water pump. All hoses, belts, fuel and brake lines and main sub frame bushings have been replaced. The A/C blows cold. It drives great and always gets plenty of compliments wherever I go. A beautiful example of these classic luxury sports coupes, which are just starting to take off in value.

Please call or email with questions at 860-463-8026, ebharris1@comcast.net. I also have many spare parts for 450SL/SLC’s. Thanks for looking!

Even though it’s a car hailing from the Northeastern US, the refresh has done wonders for this car. The color combination is very tasteful and doesn’t date the car in the way some of the other colors on offer at the time do. Around $15,000 to $20,000 can buy you the best 450SLC out there these days. Given the condition, long ownership and work done to this car, I’d suspect somewhere around $12,000 to $14,000 would be a realistic figure for this coupe.

-Paul

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

After the W111 coupe faded into the sunset in the early 1970s, Mercedes-Benz decided to replace the S class coupe with a new coupe based not on the new W116 S class sedan, but the smaller R107 roadster. With a stretched wheelbase and rear quarter windows with their distinctive louvers, this car had a lower, sportier stance than its predecessor, but it was still every inch a Mercedes touring coupe. Just under 63,000 SLCs were produced over a nine year time span, during which time they campaigned a 500SLC and won the 3,300 mile Bandama Rally in the Ivory Coast in 1980. This would be the last rally car to be campaigned officially by Mercedes-Benz.

Today, the SLC is a bit lesser known when it comes to classic Mercedes-Benzes, not sharing the same popularity as its open roofed sibling, the SL. But this obscurity does make for a more affordable classic. This 450SLC for sale in Philadelphia is a good driver quality vehicle and still looks sharp in basic black.

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC on eBay

The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate. This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission. All power equipment is functioning properly. This is a smoke-free automobile. The engine on this vehicle is running properly. Overall, this vehicle’s exterior is clean. The interior is clean and in good condition. There is 50% of tire life left on this auto.

This car looks fairly straight on the outside, but the mismatched interior is a glaring fault. It appears as if the front upholstery was replaced, leaving the worn out leather on the back bench. This prompts me to question where other shortcuts were made in the care and upkeep of this vehicle. If in fact the mileage is correct and mechanically it is sound, I’d say it might be worth taking a flyer on this car. The Buy it Now price is not terribly high, but with the bit of freshening up the interior needs, along with other cosmetic issues like the rear window lamination failing, an offer of somewhere between $5,000 to $6,000 would represent a decent buy.

-Paul

1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0

When the R107 SL replaced the W113 SL in 1972, many enthusiasts derided the new car as more boulevard cruiser than “sport light,” as the SL moniker suggests. Mercedes sought to bring back a little bit of the sporting magic in 1977 with the introduction of an all aluminium 5.0 liter V8 in the hardtop SLC variant. Dubbed the 450SLC 5.0, this model was different than the standard SLC models in that the hood and doors were aluminium, as well as the trunklid, which came with a black lip spoiler. These were very limited production cars, as 1,636 450SLC 5.0 were produced, along with 1,133 500SLCs manufactured in 1980 and 1981. These luxury touring cars were even campaigned on the World Rally Circuit, winning the Ivory Coast Rally in 1979 and 1980. This example for sale in California was an early build, and was imported to the US early in its life.

1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0 on eBay

Special, limited production cars are always exciting, more so when they are fast and have race or rally pedigrees. This 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0 has all of that and more. A total production of this model is 1470, according to numerous sources, and the World Rally Championship history of the 450SLC 5.0 is well documented. This particular car #300, chassis number 107.026-12-000300 has all of the European specification horsepower, integrated bumpers, covered headlights etc, with NONE of the associated worldwide rust issues, due to early importation to California.

The car is equipped with 450SLC 5.0 specific front air dam and rear trunk spoiler. These aerodynamic aids were first used on this car and then subsequently carried over to the 1980 500SL/500SLC cars, and also later models. Beautiful Mercedes-Benz original alloy wheels remain in excellent condition, with tires that have substantial tread remaining. Brake and chassis maintenance are up to date, giving this car an extremely rewarding driving sensation. It is easily as fast as any SL/SLC we have owned, numbering in the hundreds. It definitely ranks in the top several cars owned/driven/tested for speed, agility, and overall driving feel.

The car was imported to California within the first year or so, as evidenced by it’s license plate nomenclature: this series of plates dates to approximately 1980. The condition of the car has some very important high points, including a rust free chassis and bodywork, as well as really beautiful original paint. The Euro velour interior is in 99% perfect condition, with only a thread or two showing at the absolutely highest wear point in the car: the seat bolster on the driver’s side–contacted every time one slides into the car.

Overall, the interior shows careful long term use with a perfect dashboard, above excellent wood, fully functioning gauges etc. The center of the rear seat has a bit of fraying on the strap (see photos), but that’s about it. The all important engine: up to date tuneup services, fluid maintenance, etc. The odometer reading of 83,000 + miles is accurate, and it all feels right. Alternator voltage, fuel pressure and various other parameters are all tested good. The car is ready to enjoy, right now. The previous long term care, the low miles, and our expert stewardship of the car will provide the next owner with a wonderful driving experience of a very limited production high performance car.

While these are rare cars, they aren’t the most high profile Mercedes-Benzes with collectors, so values have stayed rather reasonable to the point where ordinary enthusiasts can afford them. This is a good thing and a bad thing, as more people can enjoy the awesomeness of this car, but then, they may fall prey to less than careful owners. I’ve seen some SLC 5.0s sell as low as $6,000 to $8,000 in recent times, so if I had to peg a value on this car, it would probably be anywhere from $11,000 to $15,000 on the high side.

-Paul

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Following on to the brutish 1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 featured a few days ago here, I stumbled across one of its ancestors this week. This amazingly original 1978 450SLC coupe. I have to admit that when I was a teenager, it was my dream to own one of these SLCs. I’m not sure why, but I still long after one of these coupes. While Mercedes of this era came in some colors that look a bit dated, the Orient Red with brand new Bamboo interior add to the sheer elegance of this machine.

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC for sale on eBay

You are looking at the best and most beautiful SLC for sale plus she has a brand new factory leather interior and all new carpet that smells brand new.

When the world’s most renowned automobile manufacturer presents the world with an instant classic, maintaining the expectations of enthusiasts can be a rather difficult challenge. Admirers of the 450SLC will feel as if they went back in time when sitting in this car which runs and feels as if it were locked in a time capsule. The new owner of this beautifully preserved SLC will feel as if they have taken a step back in time when sitting in this car which has the feeling of being brand new and still today is in “Showroom Condition” with its brand new factory carpeting and supple Mercedes all leather interior.

The Mercedes 450SLC is a car that stands amongst its peers as an icon and although there were many other style of cars made around this model it is difficult to associate this decade with any other car. The styling of this 450SLC still remains classic, and its interior, while always dignified, was decidedly luxurious. The 450SLC had two doors, a true pillarless hardtop, and seating for four. It was similar to the 450SL but with a longer wheelbase which increased the weight slightly. The rear passengers window is actually a 1/4 window with a louvered panel which provides extra privacy. Production lasted from 1970 through 1981. The 450SLC is renowned for its performance and was constructed by the manufacturer to compete in marathon rallies.

The power comes from a 4.5L V8 engine and an automatic transmission. This car is very well equipped with AM/FM stereo radio w optional cassette which has been updated and restored with the iPhone hook up that is hardwired through glove box. It has climate controlled electronic air conditioning not offered before 1978, cruise control, power steering, power locks, power sunroof, seat belts, leather, chrome wheels, and Michelin MXV radial tires.

The first thing that anyone comments on when noticing this car is the striking color combination of its Orient Red exterior over its Bamboo interior. The paint is gorgeous along with the Mercedes all leather factory interior and brand new Mercedes factory carpeting. If you are reading this, you most likely already know how rare the SLCs are, combine the very few SLCs that are left combined with this striking color combination and you have a very rare car. Most color combinations found for this car are silver, brown or blue. Besides the vehicle looking like it’s in just out of the showroom condition. The vehicle runs and drives absolutely beautiful maintaining its essence of luxury.

A few weeks ago I drove the car from Treasure Island to South Beach a 500 mile round trip get away. I used the cruise control all the way down to Miami and back. Staying cool with the air conditioning on while listening to the stereo, the trip was a breeze to make. The faster I drove the smoother she drove. Quiet and steady. While in south beach I literally could not drive anywhere without a comment or people just continually staring at the car admiring its beauty….

There are two age related items that are very difficult to see even in these pictures, there is a slight hazing at the bottom of the rear window that is approximately 1” wide by 15” long and a slight hazing on the dash both of these items are very difficult to see in the photos.

I have the service records where the car was dealer serviced. It just had a major service and new brakes installed at MB authorized dealer. We all know having a MB dealer serviced is much more expensive because the dealer does preventative maintenance or proactive service, replacing everything and anything before it needs to be. That’s why most vintage MB cars are not serviced by the dealer. I can tell you though it makes a world of difference after years and years when a vintage MB has been serviced by the dealer. Being dealer serviced this car has been maintained as required, that is why there are no issues with this car and everything looks and operates like it should.

This SLC is absolutely amazing given its age and mileage. The seller is wrong in saying production started in 1970, rather, it was two years later when the first SLC appeared. Still, this is another one of those cars that if I had the space and funds, it would be in my collection. The asking price is reasonable given the history, stunning condition and the fact that Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles always command a higher price than their sedan counterparts.

-Paul

1975 Mercedes Benz 450SLC Euro

The difference between Euro and U.S. Domestic market Mercedes can be dramatic or subtle depending on how you look at cars. 70s Mercedes headlights look pretty different with the U.S. cars having circle sealed beams in vertical or horizontal quads and Euros having single lens flat face lights. This Euro 450SLC has the complete Euro package, minus the KPH speedo.

What sets this apart outside of it being Euro and in very clean all around shape, is that it is a no reserve auction with a reasonable start price, our favorite type of sale here on GCFSB. The 90,437 car sits at just under $3,500 as of now.

The mileage shouldn’t be a big deterrent. The seller doesn’t say much about service history, but it looks like they cared for it well. I’d rather take a good looking, well maintained high mileage Benz then one with lower miles that has had deferred maintenance and is being sold just as the shop bills are about to stack up. The inside looks very nice, white is hard to keep looking that clean after 36 years, I suspect it may have been redone at some point.

The car has some modern add-ons. The newer AMG chrome rims don’t look too out of place as the 450SLC does have a lot of shiny chrome. I could take it or leave it on them. The previous owner has also added chrome door sills, a popular after market choice on SLs of this era, but these are etched with the AMG logo. The trunk lid also has a modern AMG logo that looks a bit out of place. The rear spoiler could be factory or a later add-on. It is period correct. These are minor nitpicks overall this car presents very well. I’ve said this before I’m not a convertible guy so I always prefer the look of the SLC models over the open top SL models, particularly SLs with only a soft-top.

A nice piece of machinery that will sell at fair market value.

 

~Evan