1981 Mercedes 380SLC Automatic - 17,138 Miles Only For Sale
Peter Vardy Heritage present what is undoubtedly the rarest and most original, low mileage Mercedes Benz 380 SLC (C107) on sale today.
Produced for only 1 year of production (1980 to 1981) and with a world wide production run of only 3789 units only, we are unaware of any other example in the UK with such low mileage, or indeed, of any other remaining in existence anywhere. Subsequently, the rarity, desirability and collectability of this one example is guaranteed.
Built in an era where the manufacturer were renowned for exacting engineering standards and a solidity as if they were hewn from stone, this example is finished in magnificent Thistle Green Metallic with Full olive Leather Upholstery. Having covered just over 17200miles, it retains the look and feel of the period without compromise.
Registered on 15th January 1981 and supplied By Long Rock Mercedes Benz of Penzance, the vehicle has been owned by some distinguished characters including the hotelier Ivor Anthony Start of The Windsor Hotel in Newquay as well as Mr Michael Howard Redfern QC, who enjoyed it as part of his car collection.
Launched at the Paris Motor Show, the SLC signalled a shift in management thinking at Stuttgart about what made a successful luxury coupe. The Mercedes SLC was surely never intended as a sports car. Voted as "European Car Of The Year 1974, it is elegant, so superbly balanced in line and form, so exquisitely contoured to look beautiful from any viewpoint that to subject it to the gross indignities of any kind of track would be sheer vandalism. Yet, the car begs to be driven in a sporting way, positively solicits the fast corner, the fine balancing of foot and hand, of centripetal and centrifugal accelerations. It is surely the best Mercedes-Benz ever to have been built for common sale.
Unique in its conception, the SLC is the only Mercedes coupe ever to be adapted from a soft-top rather than a saloon. In essence, the SLC was basically a W107 Series convertible stretched by ten inches to give room for two rear seats and given a fixed steel roof. Launched in 1972 and remaining in production until 1980, it came in four engine sizes, the car you see here being fitted with the creamy smooth 3.8 litre all alloy V8 engine delivering 215BHP mated to a 4 speed automatic gearbox and capable of propelling it from 0 to 60mph in just 8.9 seconds and on to a Top Speed of 134MPH. Fantastically strong and stable at speed, the SLC was iconic and one of the original grand touring icons delivering grace with pace, being a two door car that provided the seating advantages of a four door saloon, with the pizazz of a sporty coupe. These virtues saw it win many accolades as a great long distance rally car, winning the South America Rally in 1978 and coming second on the East Africa Safari.
This example comes with the original owners manual and service book, an abundance of Historical MOT certificates and a history file containing numerous bills for maintenance over the years carried out by both Mercedes Benz and marque specialists
Superb C107 SLCs are extremely hard, if not impossible to find. The ravages of time, corrosion and being in the shadows of its roadster sibling finished off most. However, the SLC has enjoyed a profound resurgence in interest over the last few years as enthusiasts and collectors recognise the coupé’s qualities – tighter to drive than a R107 SL, thanks to the stiffening effect of the roof, with elegant pillar-less lines and a true four-seater.
A truly magnificent example in every way, with condition, rarity and low mileage making this a superb addition to any collection, or investment opportunity, if the unprecedented increase in values over the last few years are anything to go by.
This example will be sold with a full service using manufacturer correct fluids and filters, in addition to 12 months MOT and a warranty before delivery to its new owner.
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At Peter Vardy Heritage we have a passion for motor vehicles born out of an enduring history spanning more than 90 years, with the Vardy name being synonymous for excellence. We offer the finest selection of classic and modern day classic vehicles from immaculately presented sales & workshop facilities. Warranty, Finance & Part Exchange all available.
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