For Sale: 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

The Mercedes-Benz SL is a staple of the automotive world, and the day they go out of production is probably the day that the self-driving car becomes mandatory. This 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL is a refreshingly classic alternative to all the dated yellow and brown '70s SLs that seem to litter the market these days, and with a clean bill of health, loads of maintenance records, and only 2-owners since new, it's ready to enjoy right now.

Silver over black is a combination that will never go out of style and transforms the SL from "cute" to serious without changing its personality. The silver paint is original and in good, survivor-grade shape, only showing a few signs of age and the great assembly and build quality for which these cars were justifiably famous. Living life as a celebrity has its perks, so this car has always been properly maintained and stored indoors, so there's a nice, authentic original shine to the paint and crisp pinstripes that stretch from nose to tail. There are a few areas that have been touched up over the years, and some nicks and minor scratches remain here and there, but you probably won't be able to spot them on a cursory inspection, again suggesting that the owners of this car were especially fastidious about its care. Slam one of the doors, even with the top down, and you get a nice, solid THUNK and panel alignment on these cars has never, ever been an issue. The US-spec bumpers were derided at the time, but given the passage of the years and the familiarity of the look, it's passed into being a non-issue for buyers today simply because there's no way to make these cars look bad.

The black interior is a pleasing contrast to the silver bodywork and offers both a more sophisticated look and a cooler ride than, say, the more dated tans and browns from this era. The seats are MB-Tex vinyl, which was standard equipment that wears like iron, the carpets are plush, and the dash and center console are blacked-out, not adorned with wood, giving this roadster a very sporty look inside. There are definitely signs of use, after all it is all-original and just had its 45th birthday, but for a car with over 200K miles it's been nicely preserved and still reeks of quality and luxury from behind the wheel. That big steering wheel is original equipment, and it sure looks good with a pleasing heft to the steering that initially feels slow but really balances itself as speeds build. The big, round gauges are the archetype for legible dials and because this is a Benz after all, it comes with great options, including A/C, power windows, and an upgraded Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit that was installed in the center of the dash. The carpeted package shelf behind the seats is good for an overnight bag or two, but this car is strictly a two-seater, but if it's more storage space you seek the trunk is actually much more spacious than you might expect. There's a black convertible top stowed under the hard shell tonneau cover, although if we're honest it's all-original and has certainly seen better days, whereas the matching hardtop is so nice it looks like it was repainted.

The SL's namesake 4.5-liter SOHC V8 engine was the main powerplant for most US-bound Mercedes-Benz models, and for good reasons: it's reliable, powerful, and smooth, all things that you'd expect from your top-of-the-line German luxury car. Parts are still easy to find and relatively inexpensive, and it's obvious that the two previous owners have kept up on maintenance so it's ready to enjoy for years to come. The 3-speed automatic transmission is unobtrusive and smooth, the suspension is just the right combination of sporting and supple, and the brakes are, as you'd expect, quite powerful. A life in the warm south has resulted in a clean undercarriage, which seems to sport a brand new reproduction exhaust system that surely cost thousands. The flashy chrome alloys are a Mercedes-Benz trademark look and carry 205/70/14 BFGoodrich blackwall radials with lots of life left in them.

One of the most popular cars we sell, the R107 SL remains a staple in the collector car hobby. Find out about what quality means and call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL
  • Listing ID: CC-1573376
  • Price: $10,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1977
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:450SL
  • Exterior Color:Silver
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:212523
  • Stock Number:5355-DFW
  • VIN:10704412040256

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