Lot 114 - 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC
|Odometer reading||72,938 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,848|
- In very good condition throughout
- Maintained by marque specialists
- Modest mileage
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 two-seat roadster with standard soft top and hardtop with optional folding seats for the rear bench. The SLC (C107) derivative was a two-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. Volume production of the first R107 car, the 350 SL, started in April 1971 alongside the last of the W113 cars; the 350 SLC followed in October. Sales in North America began in 1972, with the name 350 SL, but with a larger 4.5 litre V8 engine and were renamed 450 SL/SLC for model year 1973; the big V8 engine became available in other markets with the official introduction of the 450 SL/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-six as 280 SL and SLC. September 1977 saw the introduction of the 450 SLC five litre featuring a new all-aluminium five-litre V8 engine, aluminium alloy doors, bonnet and boot lid and a black rubber rear spoiler.
These handsome C107 coupés are becoming quite rare in such condition. Well presented in silver with a superb Olive Green velour interior, this example has had just five owners. The current vendor reports that the paintwork is in largely very good condition with just a few minor blemishes as is the interior which is very good for its age. Offered with a sizeable history file detailing previous maintenance work and MoT tests certificates, the Mercedes-Benz service booklet and the UK registration document. With all the qualities of the convertible R107 and two extra seats these SLCs are really starting to come of age. This wonderful example is in very good order and is imminently usable for the new owner.
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