Junkyard Treasure: 1976 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC

One of the most prestigious cars you could drive in 1976 California, now fallen back to earth in California.

The interior doesn’t look too bad.

That MB-Tex fake-leather upholstery will outlive the metal components of the car, regardless of how much California sun it gets.

This isn’t a particularly high mileage reading for a Mercedes-Benz of the 1970s.











When roaming the junkyards of coastal California, you won’t have much problem finding discarded Mercedes-Benz R107/C107 two-seaters. I run across them often enough, though most of them are mid-to-late-1980s convertibles. Today’s Junkyard Treasure is a rarer bird: a mid-1970s hardtop coupe in reasonably solid condition.

This isn’t a particularly high mileage reading for a Mercedes-Benz of the 1970s.

Mercedes-Benz gauge clusters of this era tend to get grabbed right away due to high eBay resale value, so I don’t always know how many miles are on the clock with these cars. Just over 200,000 miles in this case, which is respectable but not very impressive for a 1970s Mercedes-Benz.

This was the most expensive Mercedes-Benz available to American car shoppers in 1976, with a list price of $22,053 (about $101,500 in inflation-adjusted 2019 dollars). This 4.5-liter SOHC V8 made 180 horsepower, and every one of those horses was necessary to move the 3,680-pound 450SLC’s bulk.

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