Price: US $8,995.00 Item location: Local pick-up only
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Model: SL-Class
  • Type: Coupe
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1978
  • Mileage: 60,817
  • Color: Blue
  • Engine size: 4.5 Liter V8
  • Power options: Air conditioning, Power windows
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: Blue
  • Options: Leather seats, Cassette player
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1978 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Everyone is familiar with the Mercedes SL roadsters of the 1970s and early '80s. But not everyone realizes that at the same time they were also building a hardtop 4-seater SL called the SLC. Built on a slightly longer wheelbase, hese handsome coupes were luxurious sport-touring cars with admirable performance and typical Mercedes luxury. If you need a little practicality with your sporty performance, his 1978 450SLC is a great choice.This is a lot of Mercedes style and performance for not a lot of cash. The dark blue finish is sophisticated and entirely appropriate on the sleek 4-seater, nd while the paint is showing signs of age, t still looks good from 10 feet away. There's a distinct lack of ornamentation, nd the muscular shape seems stretched taut over the chassis for a classic look that will never go out of style. This one sports the smaller Euro-spec bumpers, hich make a big difference in the overall look, s well as European headlights that were how the car was always supposed to look but the Feds insisted on old-style sealed beams for our domestic versions. A bit of chrome here and there, ncluding window surrounds and fender arches dress it up without being garish.The matching blue interior has obviously received some attention in the not too distant past, ith attractive seat covers and a dash pad that really brighten up the driver's compartment. But the condition of the original carpets and door panels suggest that this car was nicely maintained all its life. That giant Mercedes steering wheel connects to a nicely weighted power steering system that makes this coupe track like a cruise missile at highly illegal speeds, nd gauges are big, old, nd highly legible. Power windows, 3-speed automatic, ce cold A/C, nd an AM/FM/cassette stereo system make it a very comfortable place to spend some time. Even today, t would be a great daily driver that requires no sacrifices compared to a new car. There's also a good-sized trunk with a full-sized spare, aking this a great vehicle for long-distance, igh-speed touring.The 450SLC is powered by a single overhead cam 4.5-liter V8 making 222 horsepower and 278 pounds of torque, hich were impressive figures in 1978. With Bosch fuel injection, he engine has a bubbly, riendly idle, nd smooth power delivery that feels like the engine will pull forever. A dual exhaust system with a single muffler and resonator delivers a pleasant, ubbly idle and a rich full-throttle growl that is perfectly appropriate to the sport/luxury mission of the SLC. The 4.5-liter engines are typically Mercedes reliable, nd with a long production run, arts are still plentiful and easy to find. Underneath, t's clean even though it remains completely unrestored, ut you can see how nice it is just in the photos. Braking is via 4-wheel discs and it wears a set of vintage 15-inch BBS alloy wheels, hich are perhaps the period's most distinctive look and they carry 225/50/15 Goodyear radials all around.These remain great-driving, un, omfortable cars, ven thirty years later. If you're looking for something a little out-of-the-ordinary that can still be driven and enjoyed like a modern car, ry this 450SLC on for size. Call today!