Wed, 15th Nov 2017 13:15

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 12

1974 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC

Sold for £10,575

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: KCH178N
Chassis No: 10702412003026
Mot Expiry: July 2018

- LHD example registering c.44,000 miles only, Black coachwork with cloth interior

- Previously registered to Island Trading Co and Palm Pictures with licence plate 'HYD 1'

- Understood to have possibly been used by Bob Marley when visiting the UK

Sharing the same basic (R107) platform architecture as its convertible sibling, the Mercedes-Benz 450SLC fixed head coupe was introduced in 1972. A full four-seater, equipped with independent suspension, power steering and disc brakes, it proved a refined grand tourer. Predominantly allied to automatic transmission, its 4520cc SOHC V8 engine developed a quoted 217bhp and 265lbft of torque.

This LHD example was previously registered to Island Trading Co and Palm Pictures (V5 on file) under licence plate 'HYD 1' and the vendor informs us it is believed to have been used by reggae legend Bob Marley when visiting the UK. Chris Blackwell, record producer and businessman, had helped forge Marley's career and was the founder of Palm Pictures and Island Records. Finished in black with grey / black cloth interior, the vendor now rates the bodywork, paintwork, engine, gearbox and interior as "very good". Currently registering just c.44,150 miles, the car is accompanied by a Swansea V5c document, MoT to July 2018 and a quantity of expired MoTs back to 1992.

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