West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this one original southern California owner 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 2 door hardtop coupe with only 58K miles, the most expensive model of the legendary 450 series, at an original MSRP of $32,600 (over $137K according to the CPI adjusted for inflation for 2018!) compared to $26,777 for the same year 450SL roadster, in absolutely beautiful & quite exceptional condition throughout!
Mercedes Benz released two iconic models in the early seventies, the 450SL two seater roadster and the 450SLC two door coupe and these cars were the ultimate status symbol of their day, symbolic for their era of exclusivity and immediately identifiable by their uniquely original styling. They were to create a cult following which has continued to this day. They were sold as the R107 SL roadster and the C107 SLC coupe with the coupe model wheelbase lengthened by 14" to make room for the rear seat passengers in a fixed pillarless superstructure above the 2+2 cabin, whilst still incorporating its sports car dynamics. The 450SLC was built in very limited numbers and was one of the most exclusive coupes ever made, offering the sensations of a true sports car but with the refinements of a four seater grand touring coupe!
The particular example is a documented one southern California owner car since new and will be sold with all its original handbooks and owners manuals, original Protecto-plate and it is quite obvious that this particular example was always garaged with no accidents or rust and never smoked in! All options are working as they should including the air conditioning.
The original and very striking and rare factory 'Gray-Blue Metallic' (color code 906) paint is in superb condition and the matching and all original 'Dark Blue' leather interior is also in gorgeous shape with the leather seats having always been covered since new with sheepskins and with virtually no signs of any wear whatsoever! The car has its original chrome Mercedes optional wire wheels with real knock offs which are also in exceptional condition and new tires.
The car's factory options include: automatic transmission, power assisted steering, power brakes, tinted glass, cruise control, electric window lifts, electrically heated rear window on hard top, fully independent suspension, power assisted four wheel disc brakes, limited slip differential, automatic antenna, Halogen head and fog lamps, working automatic air conditioning with automatic climate control and central locking. Please also note that the car is an original California ordered car with it's original 'Becker' radio/cassette and the optional electric sunroof and leather interior.
The car was originally sold new on 8/25/1978 at 'Beverly Hills Mercedes' of Beverly Hills, CA to it's original and only southern California owner and primarily initially serviced under warranty at 'Beverly Hills Mercedes' of Beverly Hills, CA and later at 'Slavich Bros' of Fresno, CA and drives exactly like such a well maintained and serviced Mercedes should and must be seen and driven to be truly appreciated. The engine is extremely strong, the transmission shifts smoothly through the gears and the temperature always remains cool. All the options are working as they should. The car has a recent California smog certificate.
Without doubt, this is one of the finest classically beautiful designs built by Mercedes-Benz, probably the last classically beautiful series they built which are now at long last becoming more desirable and collectible than ever before - certainly you will look long and hard to find a finer head-turning example of a one southern California owner and always garaged example with only 58K original miles available anywhere else!