1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC
Less than 40k original mile SLC
*Striking Manganese Brown Metallic with Palomino Leather
*Less than 40k original miles
*Long term original ownership
*Available for immediate inspection at our Charlotte, NC office
The R107 and C107 took the chassis components of the midsize Mercedes-Benz W114 model and mated them initially to the M116 and M117 V8 engines used in the W108, W109 and W111 series.
The SL variant was a 2-seat convertible/roadster with standard soft top and optional hardtop and optional folding seats for the rear bench. The SLC (C107) derivative was a 2-door hardtop coupe with normal rear seats. The SLC is commonly referred to as an 'SL coupe', and this was the first time that Mercedes-Benz had based a coupe on an SL roadster platform rather than on a saloon, replacing the former saloon-based 280/300 SE coupe in Mercedes lineup. The SLC was replaced earlier than the SL, with the model run ending in 1981, with a much larger model, the 380 SEC and 500SEC based on the new S class.
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. US models sold from 1976 through 1979 used the Bosch K Jetronic system, an entirely mechanical fuel injection system. All US models used the 4.5 liter engine, and were called 450 SL/SLC.
Sold new at Steve White Mercedes-Benz in Hickory, NC in October 10, 1980, this SLC lived with the same family for the next 33 years until being sold to the current owner in 2013. The original ownership was only shortly interrupted by a rather comical course of events that involved the well-intentioned husband taking it upon himself to trade the then couple year old 450SLC on a new car, only to be scolded by his wife when the new car showed up and she realized her beloved SLC was traded. As the story goes, he would then go back to the dealer with his tail between his legs to then repurchase this very 450 SLC!
As the odometer indicates, the car saw minimal use following the untimely passing of the original owner's wife and would spend much of its life in their airplane hangar. Following the purchase in 2013, the seller more regularly exercised the car and performed regular maintenance.
Today the car shows impressively, with most of the finishes gleaming like they did in 1980. The exceptions include the chrome wheel finish, which has began delaminating, and the brake booster, which shows superficial corrosion. The interior is also remarkably nice, corresponding to the low indicated miles, while its dashboard show no cracks, as is common on R107 and C107 models of the time.
410 SLIDING ROOF, ELECTRICALLY OPERATED
440 TEMPOMAT (CRUISE CONTROL)
467 CENTRAL LOCKING MECHANISM AND INSTRUMENTS WITH ENGLISH LETTERING
491 U.S. VERSION
502 OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR, ON THE RIGHT
518 BECKER RADIO MEXICO CASSETTE FULL STEREO (AM/FM, USA)
524 PAINTWORK - PRESERVATION
531 AUTOMATIC ANTENNA
570 FOLDING ARMREST, FRONT
588 AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL AND ELECTRIC WINDOW LIFTERS (FRONT AND REAR DOORS)
592 HEAT-INSULATING GLASS, ALL-AROUND, HEATED REAR WINDOW PANE, BAND FILTER
639 ELIMINATION OF FIRST-AID BOX AND WARNING TRIANGLE
640 15-HOLE LIGHT ALLOY RIMS
668 MODE OF PACKING VE III WITH STYROPOR BUMPER RAILS
- 450 SLC
- Center Console