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Estimate: £35,000 - £45,000
+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%
The Mercedes Benz SLC, built for a decade until October 1981, was the car the classic market overlooked until it was almost too late. While the R107 SL roadster, on which the SLC was based, has been collectable ever since its production ceased, and hence survives in substantial numbers, the C107 coded coupe became forgotten and unloved once the striking 126-Series coupe arrived to replace it. A total of 62,888 SLCs were manufactured, hardly an inconsequential number, yet they are rarely seen, most having been sent to the scrapheap. Perhaps people felt the SLC, 360mm longer in wheelbase and length than the SL, and with awkward rear window trims (there to disguise the fact that the rear windows could not be fully lowered), lacked the SL's graceful lines. Values stayed low, but things are now changing as it has become apparent just how scarce these big pillarless coupes have become, collectors are having second thoughts and prices are rising.
This UK-supplied 450 SLC was the top of the Mercedes-Benz range back in 1980 when supplied to Colonel W.R.A. Fetherstonhaugh. The service history suggests it was originally owned by Mercedes-Benz UK who, in those days, were based in Brentford, Middlesex and it may well have been their official press car or demonstrator, prior to being purchased by Colonel Fetherstonhaugh, who was its first private owner.
Bought by our private UK collector and added to his collection in 2011 it has been professionally stored ever since. The mileage today is exceptionally low at just 33,000 and this is supported by the early service history and further documentation in the accompanying owner's file. Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected.
This is a very fine and highly collectable example of a rare and original 450 SLC.