1978 Mercedes 450SLC 5.0
● 114 thousand original miles. Very clean outside and in.
● Starts and runs beautiful, smooth like a Learjet, handles like a sportscar.
Hits 100mph before it feels like you are on the Autobahn.
● Always easily passes CA smog with flying colors.
● Power windows, locks, AC, heated seats, power sunroof all work great.
● Brand new performance Firestone touring radials
● Custom sound system includes Alpine MP3/CD player with Phoenix Gold 5 channel
600 watt amp and a single 10" subwoofer neatly installed in the trunk. The
original vintage Becker Stereo is also included.
● Garaged and meticulously maintained by a Mercedes master mechanics while in my
ownership for the last 7 years. All service records available. These cars routinely get 500k-750k thousand miles. Some have passed the
million mile mark. This is undoubtedly a fantastic investment and will only increase in value as
it is said to be the rarest postwar Mercedes in existence. One of these sold to a German Museum for $350,000 dollars!
The car is registered as 1979 but according to the VIN it is a 1978, the rarest
It is fully insured and you will be amazed how a car that looks like this can
handle like a Porsche and outrun a Camaro.
The Only problem that I am aware of is the Cruise control is not working, but
can be upgraded.
Serious buyers only please. We can take the car for a test drive in a safe
location if you are considering buying.
Email me for details and high resolution photos.
Details from Mercedes-Benz Club of America:
The most collectible version is the 450 SLC 5.0, the first
Mercedes-Benz car with the new light alloy 5.0-litre engine and hood (bonnet)
and trunk (boot) lid both made of aluminum, recalling the 1972 'Batmobile' BMW
The 450SLC 5.0/500SLC coupes were produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1978 to 1981
and are the rarest post-war models ever produced by Mercedes Benz. They were
manufactured by Mercedes Benz to homologate the 450SLC for road rally purposes.
Some cars were campaigned with factory support, but the rest of the production
was sold to the European market to meet homologation guidelines. Fewer than 100
cars were imported into the United States during production.
A few more cars were brought into the USA during the 1980's as a one time
"personal" exemption. No one really knows how many of these cars still actually
exist, but most estimates are that less than 100 road worthy 450SLC 5.0 and
500SLC's still exist in the United States at this time.
The cars differed from the stock 450SLC's in several ways. The hood and trunk
lids were made from aluminum for significant weight savings. The cars also had
front and rear spoilers from the factory that resulted in a 9 --10% reduction in
wind resistance and a higher top speed. Top speed exceeded 142 mph. The motor
was among the first aluminum V-8 production motors produced by Mercedes-Benz. It
was lighter than the 4.5 liter iron block counterpart and produced 240 (DIN)
horsepower (over 300 HP in SAE HP terms commonly used today). The chassis
numbers for the 450SLC cars started with 107026 and the motor numbers started
with 117960 indicating the 5.0 aluminum block motor.
The combination of the rigid chassis, lighter weight and higher horsepower made
for a quick, reliable and competitive car that won or placed in several
international road rally events, such as the Paris to Dakar and Mexican Road
Rally events. An original 450SLC 5.0 car was sold recently for $ 350,000.00 and
another example resides in the Mercedes Museum in Germany.