This 1980 Mercedes-Benz B 450 SLC 5.0 was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island where it was expected to fetch $30,000-$40,000. It is finished in silver paint, officially it is color code 735G which is Glasurit Astral Silver, and has the number '55' on the door. It has a competition history that includes being raced in the Middle East, Monte Carlo, and throughout Europe by a European privateer. It was the 1,071st 450 SLC produced and spent most of its earlier life in Europe before being exported to the United States. At the conclusion of the auction, this vehicle was left unsold.By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006
Sold for $16,500 at 2016 RM Auctions
First introduced in 1971/1972, the 450 SL roadster and 450 SLC coupe were outwardly identical to their '350' (3.5-liter) sister models, but under the bonnet lurked a more powerful 4.5-liter V8 engine. The interior highlighted Mercedes-Benz's increasing preoccupation with safety, which boasted a padded dash top, recessed or flexibility mounted switch gear, and a padded steering wheel on a 'collapsible' column.
Designated in-house as C107 for the coupe and R107 for the sports models, they wore modern styling courtesy of Paul Bracq and used the chassis components of the W114 sedans. In addition to the roadster model, a coupe version available, the SLC (identified by its 'C' suffix). The SLC was distinguished by its fluted rear quarter 'sail panels.'
Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection became standard in 1975, with electronic ignition and self-adjusting hydraulic tappets being introduced at the same time.
Production of the 450 SLC continued through 1981, which the roadster model would continue in the offering through 1989. Of the 62,888 examples built, just 1,636 were the 450 SLC.
This particular 450 SLC is an original Japan-delivery model. It left the factory finished in Astral Silver over Black fabric interior, which it still wears today. It resided in the Netherlands until recently and still has all of the distinctive European-specification features still intact, such as the 'Euro' headlights and small bumpers. The interior sports automatic climate control, cruise control, fully tinted windows all around, a front seat armrest, and a Becker stereo radio and cassette player, among other options. Additionally, the car is equipped with a sunroof, which it has had since new.By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2016
The 450 SLC had two-doors, hard-top, and seating for four. It was similar to the 450 SL but with a longer wheelbase which increased the weight slightly. The rear passengers window is actually a 1/4 window with a louvered panel which provided extra privacy. Production lasted from 1977 through 1981. The 450 SLC is renowned for its performance and was constructed by the manufacturer as a homologation special to compete in marathon rallies. Another purpose was to act as an experimental car, a test vehicles which would gather data for use in the construction of their next generation aluminum engines. The competition cars were similar to the production cars with the most visual difference being the safety components such as roll-cages.
The 450 SLC 5.0 was built in limited numbers with 1470 being created for road use which was enough to satisfy ONS/FIA homologation requirements. Only a few were used for motor-sports events. It is believed that 40 were sold to the United States. The all-aluminum 5.0 liter V8 engine produced 240 horsepower which was similar to the one that had been used in competition.
The Rallye cars were similar to the production vehicles. There were only slight changes such as the alloy wheels are .5 inch wider and there are special center caps with three-pointed star emblem. On the interior the ash tray has been moved to rear of the center console to accommodate a Rallye Counter. There is a roll-bar and an oversized batter located in the right rear corner of the trunk floor. Special lightweight materials were used throughout the competition cars to decrease weight. This included alloy door skins, alloy wheels, and alloy hood.
In 1978 Mr. Andrew Cowan and Colin Makin won a marathon race which covered most of the South American Countries, a distance of 18,000 miles.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006