Lot 216 - 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380 SLC
|Sold - £41,000
- Full ‘nut and bolt’ restoration by SLSHOP
- Described as the best SLC in Europe
- Optioned with air conditioning and LSD
The R107 and C107 were built to exacting engineering standards, unsurprisingly, and with a more than subtle air of sophistication. What marks these streamlined sports cars out from the rest is the comfortable rear two seats, sublime power delivery from the larger engined models and of course, the legendary Stuttgart build-quality. These imposing pillarless coupés have now become rare and prices are rising.
This truly stunning SLC presented in a period correct blue-green metallic with full beige leather trim has been subject to a full ‘nut and bolt’ restoration by the foremost R107 specialists in Europe the SLSHOP. This example boasts air conditioning, sunroof, cruise control and a limited slip differential. As part of the restoration the car was stripped back to a shell to deal with any rust and corrosion issues. The bulkhead was rectified with all new metal, as were the floor pans, inner and outer sills, boot floor and front crossmember. Every small imperfection that was found along the way was seen to, with all fabrication and rust repair done by the SLSHOP’s expert team in-house. Once the body was ready it was fully prepared and painted in Blue Green Metallic (877), a colour that was correct for the year having been introduced to the Mercedes-Benz range in March of 1980. The decision was then made to change the interior from the dark moody black to the much lighter beige to improve the cabin ambience, and the original Mexican hat alloy wheels complete the picture.
When putting this car back together, it was done with new parts where possible, meaning the exhaust system, braking, suspension (including all bushes) and throttle linkage is all new. The interior is all new, finished in beige with every component and piece of the puzzle carefully reinstalled to create an as new R107 SLC. Sifting through bills and given the time and cost of the original car, we can give a conservative estimate that this example would have cost circa. £100,000 to re-create. A better than new SLSHOP example in truly amazing condition – possibly the best SLC in Europe.
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