Serial No. 10702212004020
The 280SLC model was first introduced to the public at the 1971 Brussels Auto Show. The 14 inches longer than the SL model. The SLC has rear passenger seats and larger trunk space than its SL cousin, but its’ long, low sporty lines do not convey the appearance of a larger car. The newly designed luxury coupe had the sporty characteristics of the SL model, giving “superior performance, exclusive comfort and elegant styling to the discriminating owner”.
Many items were standard equipment, such as factory air conditioning, automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering, central locking system, leather upholstery, interior wood trim, etc.
Only 1,553 Mercedes 280SLCs were produced in 1978 making this example a very rare collector car.
This dual over head cam six cylinder SLC version originally sold new in Germany. It is quicker than its V-8 cousins. I acquired it from the original Mercedes-Benz executive owner in 1982 while vacationing in Germany. His expanding family dictated a larger car, so I talked him out of it.
Before restoration, the SLC participated in the prestigious invitation-only Mercedes Benz Club of America Show at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California and it received more attention than my 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet parked next to it. It was basically original except for my addition of Centra wheels and tinted windows.
In 2006 the SLC was stripped to the bare metal and professionally repainted in deep ruby red also receiving new leather scived ruby red Wilton carpets, and new factory black leather seats. New Dunlop radial tires replaced the less efficient Michelins.
During restoration, the engine was professionally rebuilt. It was otherwise in excellent running condition at the time, however, my concern over a failed oil seal and possible bearing damage as well as my intent for continued long term ownership made a complete engine rebuild a sensible investment. It has traveled only a few thousand miles since restoration. Also rebuilt, replaced or renewed were the front and rear suspension, steering, shock absorbers, brakes, radiator, air conditioning compressor, and most every other mechanical component.
This is an excellent no-rust Mercedes SLC that is as at home on a Concours field as it is driving at highway speeds for daily transportation.
Since the original acquisition cost, over $45,000 has been invested in the restoration of this present day classic Mercedes-Benz, and it looks like it.