1981 Mercedes-Benz R107 380 SLC with Beige Leather (265)
Petrol Blue (Blue-Green Metallic) with Beige Leather (265) / 380 SLC
1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SLC (C107)
Blue Green Metallic (877) with Beige Leather (275) Note, this colour is also known as Petrol Blue
About the Mercedes-Benz 107 SLC
History has shown us that if 2+2 = 4, it doesn’t always mean that four can travel in comfort – which is where we introduce the SLC.
Arriving in 1972, the SLC was an elongated hardtop coupe version of the popular SL. With it’s sleek body, pillarless windows and gigantic sunroof, it offered the very best of top down motoring with room enough for four. The V8 powered 450SLC was the first to arrive, with the 6 cylinder 280SLC arriving two years later in 1974. In 1979 the 450SLC was replaced by the 500SLC, and the 280SLC by the 380SLC. These more refined engines would enjoy a very short production run until the SLC was discontinued in 1981, the point at which the new W126 SEC took over carrying the torch as the flagship luxury coupe in the Mercedes-Benz range.
Today an SLC is an exciting proposition for classic Mercedes-Benz and classic car enthusiasts. It represents a more unusual choice, the connoisseurs coupe for people that understand the value of build quality and understated luxury. The sturdy build quality and solid German dependability gives this car a real place in the Practical Classics stable, being a car that with care and attention, can be enjoyed on a daily basis, rain or shine.
For our two pence on these cars, we’d much rather hop in an SLC for a trip to Le Mans than any British alternative, but then again, we really are rather biased….
About this Mercedes-Benz 107 SLC
Built from 1979 until 1981, a 380SLC is a rare car in any specification. Mercedes-Benz own production figures state just 3,789 built from 1980 to 1981.
The SLC shown here has to be one of the finest currently available. Built on the 29th June 1981, this car left the factory in Blue-Green Metallic (877) with Black Leather Interior (231), wearing 15 inch ‘light’ (640) Mexican Hat alloy wheels. It first arrived at SLSHOP in 2014, wearing black paintwork and in need of some improvement.
In recent years this car has been the the subject of a comprehensive, engine out restoration. The details on works that have been undertaken to turn this car into what it is today run to more than 18 pages, with the parts bill alone standing at more than £25,000. It goes without saying that to build an SLC of this calibre from the ground up would cost significantly more than the asking price.
As part of the restoration the car was stripped back to a shell to deal with any rust and corrosion issues. The bulkhead was rectified with all new metal, a were the floor pans, inner and outer sills, boot floor and front crossmember. Every small imperfection that was found along the way was seen to, with all fabrication and rust repair done by our expert team in-house. Once the body was ready it was fully prepared and painted in Blue Green Metallic (877), a colour that was correct for the year having been introduced to the Mercedes-Benz range in March of 1980. The decision was then made to change the interior from the dark moody black to the much lighter beige to improve the cabin ambience, and the colour-coded steel wheels with period correct painted chrome wheel trims complete the picture.
When putting this car back together, it was done with new parts where possible, meaning the exhaust system, braking, suspension (including all bushes) and throttle linkage is all new. The interior is all new, finished in Beige with every component and piece of the puzzle carefully reinstalled to create an as new R107 SLC.
The details of the restoration can be read on request, but to summarise, this car was taken back to a shell, repaired everywhere that was necessary and then rebuilt to it’s former glory with a huge amount of new parts replaced at the same time.
What we have here is an opportunity to buy a rare and superb SLC upon which the previous owner has spared no expense. A chance to buy an ‘as new’ car, ready to be enjoyed and one of the best currently available – if not THE best.
A shining example of the SLC, an interesting car in its own right and one that is well deserving of a place in the classic car hall of fame.
These SLCs are not going to remain so affordable for long, now that the market is finally starting to appreciate what excellent all-rounders they make.
Not to be missed.
- Petrol Blue (Blue-Green Metallic)
- Beige Leather (265)