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Newbie: 1980 380SLC

I've been reading/looking up/learning onthis forum for a while. Looked at many different cars (w107, w123, w126, w201), and finally found something that I will be happy turning wrenches on, when time permits.
Its a 380 SLC, Imported by a Navy guy last year. A little rusty in usual Mercedes fashion. Snapped a quick picture to show, when we got it home today.
So look out for all my newbie questions, I will use search first, .
Thanks fo reading/viewing.


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I've been reading/looking up/learning onthis forum for a while. Looked at many different cars (w107, w123, w126, w201), and finally found something that I will be happy turning wrenches on, when time permits.
Its a 380 SLC, Imported by a Navy guy last year. A little rusty in usual Mercedes fashion. Snapped a quick picture to show, when we got it home today.
So look out for all my newbie questions, I will use search first, .
Thanks fo reading/viewing.


Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on your acquisition!

Post away, we dare ya!


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Welcome to the fold. We are the few...the proud...the broke! Just kidding, well maybe some of us are anyway.

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Nice going.

Looking forward to some more pics and hearing your plans.

Lovin' them bumpers and lamps too.

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Thanks for the Welcome! I got the following info back on the car from a link in another thread.
Engine #- 116960-12-000504
Gearbox- 02017749
735- Paintwork, Astral Silver
931- Interior Trim, Black Velour
466- Central locking system
470- Fan clutch
502- Outside rear view mirror on the right
532- Automatic antenna without radio set
570- Front folding armrest
587- Automatic climate control and electric window lifters (front doors)
590- Heat-insulating glass
600- Trim strips on hardtop
640- 15-hole light alloy rims
682- Fire extinguisher Where would this have been in the car
256- Rear axle with limited-slip differential
260- Elimination of model designation on rear lid

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Interesting options- fire extinguisher and model trim elimination. No idea on the fire extinguisher, but somwhere it could be easily retrieved? Anyway, SLC's are not often seen. Have fun with it!

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The whole reason to buy a 107 is to get a convertable! That said I have a 1980 450slc and I love it! I would not trade my slc for a convertable.

My take on the SLC's is Mercedes started with an incrediably rigid convertable body and made a coupe out of it. The things are just tanks! I have never been in any other coupe that is as rigid as a slc (That doesn't mean they don't exist).

There are three major issues with the 107's that I am aware of.
1) AirConditioneer servo is a very poor design. But this can be fixed with an aftermarket digital replacement.
2) Cruise Control electronics. I am on my third CC module and it is currently bad.
3) K-Jetronic fuel injection. The K-Jetronic is kind of complex especially on the 1980 and up with the lambda feedback. It is hard to find mechanics that have a clue on how to diagnose and repair a K-Jetronic system. Most mechanics are just parts swappers which can add up to a lot of $$$$$ quickly.

My advice is if you are at all mechanically inclined learn your car. The engineering is pretty top notch (with the above exceptions) in my opinion and it is actually one of the easier cars I have worked on (Sans - 67 Ford PU). On the three problems spots listed above my advice is to upgrade to better aftermarket alternatives and you should never have to mess around with them again.

1980 450slc converted to MegaSquirt electronic fuel injection and couldn't be happier!

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quick questions
I have a reciept showing th timing chaine was replaced last yr. It lists it as a double chain! Would that be correct? is this a Euro 380 thing?

Also all these cars have an Alloy hood?

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