Bargain of the Week:

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC
Sunroof Coupe

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The most expensive Mercedes automobile of its time, the 450SLC combines all the luxury one can hope for, combined with Vee-Eight-powered performance.



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The 1980 Mercedes 450SLC presented here is a documented 2-owner California blue license plate car.

The car never had any rust or rust repair and wears most, perhaps all, of its factory original paint, which has faded heavily under the merciless California sun.

Built date is July 1980, so 39 years ago. Unlike most of its European brethren, this US delivery car comes factory equipped with automatica air conditioning, cruise control, power sunroof, windows, and door locks.

The four-and-a-half-liter cast iron Vee Eight might be of German descent, but it behaves much like a good ol' American muscle car engine, certainly aided by its advanced single overhead camshaft design. It's a torque monster, loafing happily along at any speed, from its 550rpm idle up to its 6,000rpm redline.

The engine is healthy and has reportedly received a recent time chain/tensioner service.

There are no leaks of any kind evident.

Since this is an original paint car that has never been hit and never been apart, all of the body lines and gaps are factory perfect.

A special treat are the chromed wire wheels with genuine knock off center locks. That means there are no lug nuts, not even hidden ones, but you'll use a lead hammer (included) to bang 'em on and off, like it's done on classic British roadsters, among other cars.

This "Sport Light Coupe" carries most, perhaps all, of its factory original "Silverbluemetallic" (code 930G) paint. Thanks to the merciless California sun, the paint is now heavily faded, but there's no rust anywhere, not even a hint of it. The vertical window blinds, often damaged, are flawless here.

Original headliner and sunvisors are undamaged.

Blue dash top has been recovered, walnut burlwood veneer is beautifully preserved.

All of the gauges work.

This Mercedes came from the factory with a full leather interior.

The original leather is beautifully preserved. There are no rips or tears here.

Rear bench seat is also leather-clad.

All of the lights work, including the backup lights. Note the original, early 6-digit California blue-and-yellow license plate.

Trunk is rather spacious for a luxury Coupe. Velour carpeting shows some minor signs of use/aging. Shown on the right is the lead hammer for the knock-off wheel ears.

Rear parcel shelf is rust free as well. The large battery, safely stored in a separate box in the right corner of the trunk, looks fairly new.

The spare sits in a partition under the trunk floor. The latter shows just some superficial signs of surface corrosion.


As you would expect from a lifelong California car, there are no signs of corrosion or damage on this car's undercarriage. All factory finishes appear to be intact and factory original.

Clean, original floors.

We've test drove this car, and it runs and drives very well, with no glaring issues to report.

We've priced this car to sell quickly. Invest in a decent paint job, and you'll be way ahead of the game, financially.


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You are most welcome to inspect this fine automobile at our location in Ventura, by appointment, or have someone inspect it for you.
Please, direct all inquiries to bill@californiaclassix.com or call us at 805-653-5551.