Posts Tagged ‘c107’

German GT – 1973 Mercedes 450 SLC

February 5, 2016

If you’re looking for that classic European GT experience at an affordable price of entry, without facing the complexity of say, a Jaguar V12, there aren’t many choices out there. Contemporaries of the C107 Mercedes coupes included the E9 BMW coupes, Jaguar XJ-S and XJ6C, Citroen SM, Alfa Romeo Montreal, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Coupe, or Maserati Indy, but none are as accessible as the Mercedes. What’s more is, thanks to the 8-year run of the C107 and the epic 16-year run of the R107, many parts are plentiful, even in junkyards if you are persistent. That said, don’t kid yourself into thinking this will be cheap, but that’s not reason enough to disregard this 1973 Mercedes 450 SLC for sale for $2000 in Lynnwood, WA.

1973 Mercedes 450 SLC front

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Single Generation – 1979 Mercedes 450 SLC

June 3, 2015

So to those of you who think traditional European luxury GTs are moving out of reach, look again. Sure, if you constrain yourself to the Italians, E9 BMWs, or Porsche 911s, you might as well give up. But if you broaden your horizons just a little, you’ll find an affordable V8 powered hardtop 2-seater with two occasional rear seats and a usable trunk – namely, the one-generation-only coupe version of the Mercedes SL, the C107. Often dismissed for their somewhat clunky styling, they look much less clunky with the home-market slim bumpers; that said, you’ll find that when you’re inside the car, blowing down the interstate, you won’t see those. Check out this 1979 Mercedes 450 SLC for sale for $3950 in Canby, OR.

1979 Mercedes 450 SLC left front

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Fuel Crisis Coupe – 1973 Mercedes 450 SLC

October 17, 2014

The early 1970s is an interesting period for GT cars – many were built in the idiom of the golden age of postwar GTs, but most weren’t anywhere near as successful due to all those 1970s factors – fuel crises, emissions regulations, and in a way, safety regulations. Some pretty interesting cars were built in that period, including the Jensen Interceptor, Citroen SM, Triumph Stag, BMW E9 coupes, and Mercedes C107 coupes. The latter car remains the most affordable option today, and you can get a pretty decent car for short money compared to the others. What’s more is, parts are readily available due to the long life of their R107 roadster siblings, if not exactly cheap, and if you get an early-build (1972-3) car, you can get slim chrome bumpers instead of the ridiculous diving boards that did a lot to deface what was actually a fairly elegant design. You can find this 1973 Mercedes 450 SLC for sale for $4000 in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, CA.

1973 Mercedes 450 SLC right front

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