Forty three years ago, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the C107 SLC at the Paris Motor Show. The launch signalled a shift in thinking at Stuttgart about what made a successful luxury coupe. The C107’s extra 360mm in the wheelbase over the R107 allowed for a rear seat bench whereas the SL offered little more than a shelf. Born from the R107 SL chassis which was in turn built with parts carried over from the W114 platform, the long version of the SL emerged as a highly popular and extremely long running car. Sporting a longer wheelbase and sufficient interior room for four, the SLC was a sleek two door coupe that combined the seating advantages of a four door sedan with the sportiness of a coupe.
This original example of the range-topping 450SLC was shipped from new to Australia, and has resided there until recently being brought back to Europe. As a result it has never seen damp conditions, so unlike many European survivors has been well preserved, which shows even in the original factory finish to the car’s suspension.
Finished in sand gold metallic with a complementing tan interior, this is a stylish slice of the 1970s which is equally happy on short trips, or long distance touring holidays.