With its longer wheelbase and, consequently, full four seater status, the 450SLC is the continent-crosser of choice from the esteemed C107 range.
A total of 62,888 SLCs were manufactured, hardly an inconsequential number, yet they are very rarely seen for some while having lived in the shadow of its more ubiquitous SL siblings. Things have changed significantly in the past decade or so with the rarity, understated style and true four seater capability of the SLC becoming apparent. Today, in the UK, there are less than 150 in use.
The 450SLC didn't appear in Europe until February 1973 making this example quite an early model. With its move to Europe and the deletion of its stifling US specification emissions equipment, the power of the relaxed V8 jumped from 192BHP to 222BHP. Plentiful torque makes the V8 great cruisers, the in-line six not quite as effortless, and the spacious and comfortable interior makes for a beguiling combination.
This auction listing was written from information supplied by Andrew after meeting Mohammed the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
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