Fewer than 26,000 original miles, one family ownership from new
1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC
First introduced as the 350 SL/SLC in 1971, the V8-engined 450SL convertible and 450SLC coupe were outwardly identical to their '350' (3.5-litre) sister models, though endowed with superior performance courtesy of a more-powerful 4.5-liter engine. Built on a longer wheelbase, the SLC accommodated two rear-seat passengers and provided greater trunk space than its open-topped sibling. The latter was vastly more popular, outselling the coupe more by than 2 to 1 before production ceased in 1980. The running gear followed Mercedes-Benz's established pattern, comprising all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes with the option of either manual or automatic transmission. Its makers' increasing preoccupation with safety was evident in the design of the 450SL's interior, which boasted a padded dash top, recessed or flexibly mounted switchgear and padded steering wheel on a 'collapsible' column. Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection was standardized for 1975, electronic ignition and self-adjusting hydraulic tappets being introduced at the same time. Maximum speed of this superbly equipped top-of-the-range coupe was in excess of 130mph.
The example offered here, from the final year of 450 SLC production, is a superb low-mileage original California 'blue plate' example. It has been in the same family since being purchased new in downtown Los Angeles and has remained in Southern California all its life. It is an exceptionally clean example presented in its original color scheme of Manganese Brown Metallic with tan leather interior, and has racked up fewer than 26,000 miles from new. Having been serviced within the last 200 miles, this SLC is complete with its original books and manuals and is ready to offer its new owner the cosseting lap of luxury that defines the Mercedes SL driving experience.
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Please note that the chassis number for this vehicle is WDB10702412030003.