Lot 344 - 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Lot 344 - 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Lot 344 - 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Lot Number 344
Registration 6811 YB 06
Chassis Number WDB107024-12-024476 9
Engine Number 117985-12-036282
Odometer reading 87,848 km
Estimate £9,500 - £11,500
Result Sold - £9,800

The R107 and C107 took the chassis components of the mid size Mercedes-Benz W114 model and mated them to the larger engines from the W116 S-Class. The SL version was a 2-seat roadster with standard soft top and hardtop with optional folding seats for the rear bench. The SLC (C107) derivative was a 2 door hardtop coupé with normal rear seats. The SLC is commonly referred to as an 'SL coupé', but in reality it was an S-class coupé, replacing the former saloon-based 280/300 SE coupé in the Mercedes-Benz line-up. The SLC was replaced earlier than the SL, in 1981, with a much larger model, the 380SEC, based on the new S class. Volume production of the first R107 car, the 350SL, started in April 1971 alongside the last of the W113 cars; the 350SLC followed in October. Sales in North America began in 1972, with the name 350SL, but with a larger 4.5 litre V8 engine and were renamed 450SL/SLC for model year 1973; the big V8 engine became available in other markets with the official introduction of the 450SL/SLC in March 1973. US cars sold from 1972 until 1975. From July 1974 both SL and SLC could also be ordered with a fuel-injected 2.8 litre straight-6 as 280SL and SLC. September 1977 saw the introduction of the 450SLC 5 litre featuring a new all-aluminium five-litre V8 engine, aluminium alloy doors, bonnet and boot lid - and a black rubber rear spoiler.

This left-hand drive, French registered, two owner Mercedes-Benz 450SLC was supplied new in Monaco in 1978 with all the usual extras including sunroof, leather interior, cruise control, alloy wheels and Becker radio/cassette player. Finished in Mercedes 861 Silver Green with black interior, this low mileage car has been looked after all of its life. The second owner, a Canadian who has homes in France, UK and the USA, had this Mercedes gone through at a cost exceeding €20,000 around 2005. This completely rust free 450SLC is supplied with a French registration document, a new UK MoT test certificate, English and French handbooks, invoices showing the works carried out and a service book stamped up to 1989. This is fast becoming regarded as a very usable, stylish classic which still looks at home parked outside the Casino in Monte Carlo.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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