Mercedes C107 SLC springs from the shad­ows

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

Maybe the sun is fi­nally shin­ing on the ’71 to ‘81 C107 Merc SLC. Left lan­guish­ing in the gloom for decades by the more fash­ion­able R107 SL, low-mileage ex­am­ples of the tin-top coupé are now ris­ing sig­nif­i­cantly. Per­haps the Dutch seller with a 35,000km 450 SLC is be­ing a lit­tle op­ti­mistic at £70k but canny deal­ers like Howard Wise clearly see the grow­ing potential too. He’s pitch­ing a mint 18k-mile 450 at £50k. Rarer than the SL (the DVLA lists only 257 ex­am­ples on the road) and of­ten in much bet­ter nick, the SLC is start­ing to ra­di­ate a chic Seventies glow with trendy velour in­te­ri­ors and colours like Icon Gold and This­tle Green.

While the lines aren’t as well pro­por­tioned as the con­vert­ible, those 14 ex­tra inches of wheel­base make it a full four-seater and it ac­tu­ally drives bet­ter than the SL, plus the V8s are good for 120mph. In July Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions dis­patched a lovely 17k mile 380 SLC for £17,780, which may be the last of the re­ally cheap low-mil­ers. Ed­ward Hall in Buck­ing­hamshire has a ’78 380 in Icon Gold with 79k, long his­tory and £7k of re­cent bills for £25,950 while a private man in Soli­hull has a ’77 450 in As­tral Sil­ver with blue hide, three own­ers, FMBSH and 78k for only £17,250. Th­ese wide price vari­a­tions be­tween private and trade sell­ers won’t con­tinue for long – and to show how prices have moved re­cently, back in 2014 Sil­ver­stone knocked down an ’81 380 SLC with just 20k and broad his­tory for a bar­gain £9450.

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