For Sale: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL in Parker, Colorado

$14,500

Vehicle Description

We are pleased to present this 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL which I have owned since 1996 (third owner). The ride in this luxury roadster is smooth and zippy and it still looks as elegant and is as much of a head-turner as it was almost 40 years ago. It provides a very comfortable ride while instilling the driver with confidence in its handling ability, especially at higher speeds. The interior appointments are simply beautiful, and compliment the graceful lines of the exterior. This car is one of the cleanest 450’s you will find and it is completely rust-free. You will feel like million bucks cruising with the top down in this beauty. It was and still is the ultimate iconic luxury sports roadster. You can’t park in front of a restaurant or stop for gas without someone invariably asking you, “What year is that Mercedes?” This roadster was built in Stuttgart, Germany during the era when Mercedes-Benz was truly “Engineered like no other car in the world.”

 


HISTORY

The R107 chassis 2-seat convertible roadster with standard soft top and optional hardtop was first manufactured in 1971 with sales commencing in North America beginning in 1972 and was continuously produced with minor variations and various drivetrains until the model year 1989. In September 1977 the 450 SL 5.0 joined the line, featuring a new all-aluminum five-liter V8, aluminum alloy bonnet and boot-lid, with a small front-lip spoiler. The 450 5.0 was produced in order to homologate the SLC for the 1978 World Rally Championship. Starting in 1980, the 350, 450 and 450 SLC 5.0 models (like the 350 and 450 SL) were discontinued in 1980 with the introduction of the 380 and 500 in March 1980. At the same time, the cars received a very mild makeover; the 3-speed automatic was replaced by a four-speed unit. SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

SPECIFIC BUILD INFORMATION

EXTERIOR

Paint is original color (Silver). Body is completely original and was Ziebart rust protected in December of 1979 immediately after it was purchased. This body is solid with no rattles and has absolutely no rust, which is hard to find on a nearly 40-year-old car of this vintage. This vehicle has been pampered, always garaged and never driven in the rain or snow.

  • Hardtop and soft-top look brand new today (both rarely used). Soft-top was replaced in 1996 and rarely used since.
  • Chromed 15” 1997 Mercedes alloy wheels added in 1999 (original 14" OEM alloys available, but not included in the sale).
  • Mercedes Windschott windscreen added in 1999.
  • Mercedes Euro headlamps added in 2003.
  • Four brand NEW Bridgestone Turanzas, top of the line tires, have less than 200 miles on them.

INTERIOR

  • Interior has adjustable leather bucket seats (Burgundy), NOT MB-Tex, that are in excellent condition.
  • The dash and both leather seats were replaced in 1996.
  • A matching leather jump seat was added in 1996.
  • Air Conditioning blows nice and cold, which is unusual for a vehicle of this age.
  • Original stereo AM FM radio with selective height adjustment power antenna.
  • Power windows.
  • Cruise control (works when it wants to).
  • Power steering.
  • Power assisted four wheel disc brakes.
  • Electrically heated rear window on the hardtop.
  • 2-speed windshield wipers with 5-second interval mist control
  • Tachometer
  • Dual outside mirrors.
  • Halogen Fog Lamps
  • Color coordinated velour trunk carpeting
  • Mercedes-Benz first aid kit in trunk
     

MECHANICAL

  • Engine is the original, fuel injected, all aluminum 5.0 liter 4 stroke V8 generating 225 HP. This engine is bullet proof and is one of the best, most reliable engines ever produced by Mercedes-Benz and it runs fantastic.
  • 3-speed automatic transmission runs smooth.
  • Recently replaced the Catalytic Converter and had the fuel mixture adjusted to specs to pass emissions tests.
  • The 4-wheel independent suspension is in great shape. Has a very nice ride.
  • The Vin number, with little Mercedes-Benz Star Logos on each side of the number, is engraved into the front frame cross member, indicating that this car was never in a collision. If that front frame member is replaced it would not have the vin number engraved into it, but they would unscrew the vin plate and transfer it.

 

EXTRAS

  • Extras include; hardtop with castered dolly storage rack.
  • A canvas tonneau car cover. This was used in lieu of both tops when stored in my garage or parked out in the sun to preserve the leather seats.
  • Two matching OEM Mercedes 450SL floor mats with Mercedes carpet clips (showing some wear) are included.
  • Two sets of original keys.
  • One soft/hard top removal tool.
  • One Haynes Mercedes-Benz Repair Manual, for 350 & 450 1971-1980.
  • Owner’s manual, Maintenance booklet, Engine/Chasis Catalog and all maintenance & repair records, and receipts for last 21 years, etc.


DISCLOSURES

  • There are a few chips/imperfections in the paint. (See detailed pictures)
  • Left front fender panel near the headlight has been repaired from parking lot incident, and as a result, I had the whole car repainted the original color in 2003 because could not exactly match 24-year-old slightly faded silver metallic paint.
  • Odometer quit working approximately 6 years ago. Had it fixed twice before that, but it kept reverting to not working, so I gave up on that aspect. The car odometer shows 64K, it had 50K on it when I bought it, but has less than 85K miles on it, as I put a new set of Michelins on it shortly after I purchased it in 1996, and just recently replaced them.

 

For more information please contact owner at 314-409-7766.

The cost of parts and restoration of these vehicles are increasing daily. They are not making any more and, therefore, they are becoming rarer by the day. Buy one complete and ensure your investment for the future. An excellent investment and something you can enjoy daily. Collectible vintage vehicles have historically appreciated at a rate greater than that stock market, gold and other arts and collectibles as documented by many articles and auction result tracking.

 

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1019807
  • Price:$14,500
  • Location:Parker, Colorado
  • Year:1979
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:450SL
  • Exterior Color:Silver
  • Interior Color:Burgundy
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:64047
  • Convertible:Yes
  • Trim Level:Leather
  • VIN:10704412054602
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Aftermarket Wheels:Yes
  • Restoration History:Partially Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Seat Material:Leather
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Tinted Windows:Yes
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Cruise Control:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Power Locks:Yes
  • Power Windows:Yes
  • Fuel Injection:Yes
  • Electronic Ignition:Yes
  • Engine History:Original
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive