1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC Coupé

In 1971/72, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 450 SL roadster and 450 SLC coupé, which appeared nearly identical to their 350 models but featured enhanced performance thanks to a robust 4.5-liter V8 engine. The coupé, with a longer wheelbase, offered rear seating and more cargo space compared to the roadster. Safety was a priority, reflected in the padded dash, flexible switchgear, and collapsible steering column in the interior design.

Starting in 1975, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection became standard, alongside electronic ignition and self-adjusting hydraulic tappets. This top-tier coupé could reach speeds of approximately 133 mph. Production continued until October/November 1980, with 31,739 SLC coupés and 66,298 SL roadsters sold. The 450 SL/SLC’s timeless design remains as captivating today as it was in 1971, contributing to its enduring appeal among collectors.

Source: Bonhams