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The Mercedes-Benz C107 SLC was unveiled at the 1971 Paris Auto Show several months after the R107 SL Roadster, from which it was developed. The SLC added a pillarless, fixed roofline with distinctive quarter-window slats forward of the C-pillars, and stretched the wheelbase by 14" to make room for a pair of small but usable rear seats. Updated periodically, a total of 62,888 SLCs were manufactured at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen factory through 1981.
This 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC is finished in Graublau (DB 906G) – or Grey Blue – over a blue interior. Equipped with the 4.5-liter fuel-injected V-8 engine paired with a three-speed automatic transmission, this example was well-appointed from the factory with a sunroof, automatic climate control, Tempomat cruise control, Bundt-style alloy wheels, and a Becker Mexico radio. Remarkably registering less than 32,000 miles from new, this SLC’s appearance belies its age with its unrestored and well-preserved factory-applied finishes, including its paintwork, upholstery, brightwork, and engine compartment, appearing more akin to a two-year-old example than one nearly 40 years old.
Accompanied by a tool roll, jack, safety triangle, spare, and books, this well cared-for example is an exceptional testament to Mercedes-Benz engineering. Accounting for about a quarter of third-generation SL production, these hardtop C107 SLC coupes are increasingly hard to find in good order, let alone the exceptional condition of this example.