Wed, 20th Jun 2007 0:00

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 12

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC

Sold for £1,912

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: CLZ 4856
Chassis No: 10702422027232
Mot Expiry: Nov 2007

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, the model's stretched wheelbase was disguised by various ingenious styling cues such as the louvered sail panels that adorned its rear three-quarter windows. Equipped with all round coil-sprung independent suspension, power steering and four wheel disc brakes, it proved a comfortable and refined grand tourer. Predominantly allied to automatic transmission, its 4520cc SOHC V8 engine developed a quoted 217bhp and 265lbft of torque. Reputedly capable of over 130mph in standard tune, Mercedes' flagship coupe enjoyed a highly successful second career as a rally car including up two Bandama wins and a second place on the East African Safari.

Finished in metallic green with fawn velour / brown leather upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "good" condition with regard to its 4520cc engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, paintwork and wheels / tyres (while, he considers the bodywork to be "good / fair"). Believed to have covered some 88,528 miles from new, it sports a badge bar, front fog / spotlights and the cherished registration number 'CLZ 4856'. Riding on correct-type alloy wheels, this stylish coupe is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until November 2007.

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