1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC (C107)
Pretty coupe in desirable colour scheme from long-term, 21 year ownership; recent spend on new sills; appreciating investment opportunity
Supplied new by B&K Thomas Mercedes-Benz of Nottingham in October 1979 this impressive C107 generation 450SLC is finished in Gold and sits upon its original 14” Mexican Hat alloy wheels and absolutely looks the Bees-Knees (we think).
Under the bonnet, we find the 4,520cc SOHC fuel injected (Bosch K-Jetronic) V8 petrol engine which developed c.222bhp and useful 322NM of torque (considerable figures at the time) driving the rear wheels via three-speed automatic transmission.
Inside this four-seat coupe we find brown velour interior (which was a more expensive option than leather), walnut trim, electric front AND rear windows, electric sunroof with perforated head-lining, original radio/cassette player and oodles of style and comfort.
In uncommonly smart orde,r the interior has worn its c.121,712 miles well and even the ever-so-cool rear window louvres have remained intact and not-flaked. Outside, we find few marks and only a few small, minor corrosion blisters coming through in the usual R/C107 places and one cracked blister as pictured above the rear bumper corner to the NSR panel.
The history file includes the V5C revealing the car to have been with our long term owner for the last 21 years with seven former keepers, the owner’s manuals and service book recording an impressive 25 stamps, including a recorded speedo change in March 2009 at c.83,467 miles, the last in October 2017 at 31,356 miles. The book also records a further five stamps for brake fluid changes.
With the speedo change in mind, the car currently shows 38,245 miles which combined with the figure of 83,467 miles at the time of change suggests a total recorded mileage of c.121,712 miles which is just 2,830 miles per annum – not much at all.
Furthermore, the history file also includes a MB warranty booklet from the supplying main dealer B&K Thomas for the sale of the car in 1996 at for £15,000 at 34,316 miles, original period sales brochure and selection of bills for parts and maintenance including new inner sills in January 2019 by a Subaru main dealer at a cost of £1,643, new battery in June 2018, new washer pump in Feb-18, fitment of an overhauled throttle body and bespoke oil cooler in October-17 costing £1,059, last major service in 2017 plus supply of hi-tension ignition lead set at a cost of £1,144 and fitment of new rear callipers in June-16.
In addition to the above, we also note some 22 old MOTs on file – the car is of course now MOT exempt, the last MOT expiring in January 2020 which recorded four minor advisories.
This sleek four-seat grand tourer is a most usable example and set to do big things with values rising in line with its convertible brother, the R107 SL.
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Reg No: KNN51V
Chassis Number: 10702422028062
Engine Number: 11798522046163
Engine Size: 4520cc
Docs: V5C; owner's manuals; service book with 25 stamps + 5 further; invoices; period sales brochure; 22 old MOTs; MOT exempt
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