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Homologation Special: 1979 Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0 in Newnan, GA
Found here on Craigslist
This 1979 Mercedes Benz 450SLC 5.0 is a rare beast on these shores. It was built to homologate the SLC for the FIA World Rally Championship and featured an all aluminum 5.0liter V8 along with an aluminum hood and trunk. Production of these special edition cars ran from 1977 through to 1981 with roughly 2700 being produced. This particular model is shown to be the 1477th of the run. The owner claims that it was originally painted Champagne Metallic but it now wears an Astral Silver paint job which is correct to the period. The original “gas-burner” wheels come with it as do a set of Ronals which look particularly good on the C107 chassis. There aren’t any pictures of the front provided but we hope that it retained the larger Euro-spec headlights which also complement this body well. The seller claims that it needs some TLC but that you can drive it home.
Find it above on Craigslist in Newnan, Georgia with a modest asking price of $4999.
Early SLC in Athens, GA: 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450
On eBay in Athens, GA this Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC ticks all the right boxes. Seventy-three marked the last year of import for the smaller and much better looking Euro bumpers. Add that to a massive for it’s day 4.5 liter V8 and what we think is the best looking of the W107 body styles and you’ve got a real grand tourer. With the windows down the B-pillarless design looks great and is similar to its main competition of the era, the e9, BMW CS and CSi. This car spent its life in the South where corrosion is minimal and it shows as there’s no rust to speak of. We’ve seen this car in person and the Feuerrot-red paint is old with some cracking but it still shines. This would make a fantastic vintage rally car. Add some period Bosch driving lights, a blacked-out hood and a 500 rear fin and you’ll look as though you just came out of the East-African rally. Find it above on eBay with a no-reserve starting price of $2,500.