1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC
As Mercedes-Benz's flagship model, the 450 SLC cost an eye-opening
$16,498, (roughly $95,176 in today's money), in its first full
model year, a notable $1,893, ($10,921), more than the
long-wheelbase 450 SEL sedan, and $3,725, ($21,489), more than the
450 SL. The SLC would prove itself exceedingly well-rounded, being
surprisingly capable in competition with AMG-modified examples
raced in the European Touring Car Championship, and factory-prepped
SLCs tackling international rallies, including the 1979 and 1980
World Rally Championships. The final examples sold here in 1981
were badged 380 SL C, denoting a new, emissions-compliant 3.8-liter
V-8. Out of a total 62,888 SLCs built, 35,528 were powered by the
4.5- and 3.8-liter V-8s; an unspecified number of those were
U.S.-spec models. The C107 would be replaced by the breathtaking
new W126-chassis 380 SEC, returning the S-class hardtop coupe to a
sedan base, and setting this car forever apart.
For consignment, a classic sports car from the 70's and sporting
the moniker Mercedes-Benz. This 450 SLC was well taken care of and
it shows with a fairly rust free body, a clean interior, and a
plethora of conveniences. The mid '70's brought plenty of over
engineered cars that were built like panzer tanks, and this one can
be driven around, and doing so a bit sportingly all of which
translates to gl�ckliches Autofahren!!!
Bathed in Red Metallic, the straight steel panels, are showing well
minded gaps all around but do have areas of rust, particularly
around the trunk and in the drip channel above the driver's door.
Chrome is good and all badging is looking good and original, and in
all the right places. Nice brite work in the form of the iconic
tri-pointed star centered grille, window surrounds, and a black
spear running along the side midline, as well as shiny trimmings
which run between the metal of the hardtop, give the car a solid
and expensive look. 14" Bundt wheels give this Autobahn cruiser a
great look, ready to conquer the high speeds as the world whips by.
Noted are the fog lights on the front, wrap around bumpers on both
ends, a power sunroof to let Mother Nature shine in and also, a
louvered silver insert is put in just aft of the back glass prior
to the beginning of the B pillar. Wheel well chrome top trimmings
also add to the mix. Einfach atemberaubend!
Opening and closing the solid doors on this car yields the
sought-after thud sound upon the close. No other manufacturer can
achieve this, and what makes it unique to Mercedes Benz, is the
quality and thickness of the steel they use in these cars. Looking
inside we are met with plenty of leather and MB Tex coverings on
the lightly worn bucket seats, door panels and headliner, all
presenting nicely and showing years of loving care in a warm
saddle. The same saddle tan is covering the floors and rear
compartment in nicely preserved carpet. Plastic covered tan
carpeted floor mats are above the golden saddle carpets and are
definitely keeping it in clean condition. Power windows, air
conditioning, power steering and power brakes are noted. The dash,
fronted by the original steering wheel, is excellent and very
clean. The factory Becker Mexico AM/FM/Cassette radio sits in its
factory designated position and works well. A series of eyeball
vents for heat and A/C run along the dash top which is padded and
showing no cracking or marring.
An original and nicely patinaed 4.5 Liter V8 engine graces the
engine bay, which shows like new. Supple hoses and wiring are
shoehorned into this wonderful looking engine bay. Bosch Jetronic
EFI is on. A 3-speed automatic is attached to the back of the V8
and shifts smoothly. 3.07 is the rear axle designation.
As noted with the topside, well cared for, only surface rust on the
usual suspects, with even the exhaust piping and mufflers now
blackened. A structurally sound frame with clean floor pans, and
surfaces underneath, and we have a very nice 450 SLC which includes
independent coil springs and power disc braking all around.
This beautiful 4.5 fired right up and on the test track it is a
thriller. GREAT acceleration, good handling and looking smooth all
this German sport luxury. All functions are working just swimmingly
save for the rear power windows not going down, the sunroof, while
working, is a tad slow, and the passengers front seat belt must
remain buckled or the buzzer will go off.
New Mercedes Benz sports cars are nice with their bells and
whistles, but lately, a return to the classic look from this German
Manufacturer is becoming more desirable. It is probably harkening
back to an era when the cars were all steel, no plastic, and
weighed a ton. Sporty, with luxury, great lines with class, this
iconic Mercedes sports car fixed hardtop sedan 2 seater is yours
for the taking here at Classic Auto Mall. Let's just say you could
have a ton of fun with this German Classic! Can you say Panzer
Tank, that you can roll through the burbs and turn heads?
12-Left Hand Drive Automatic
003495-Sequential Unit Number
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