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Found a 1974 450 SLC coupe that was restored with 138,000 miles. They want $19,990. It looks like it in pretty good condition but I would have to say not in showroom condition. No rust, seats look good but not perfect, and the dash is about the same quality. The owner spent 50,000 to restore from the bare metal up. Is that a good price for it?

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A convertable would be worth more, doesn't sound like it was a good restore, when was it restored?

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The SLC is not a particularly desirable version of the 107 chassis. A 1974 edition is relatively early in the model run (begun in 1971) so it has all the potential "new model" problems. An excellent condition late 80's 560SL (the most desirable) sells for less.

The fact that $50k was spent on a mediocre restoration is irrelevant. I'd bet real money the resto didn't include original quality repainting. The restoration may be a cosmetic mask for some serious sheet metal problems.

The early 70's V-8s were weak-kneed at best. They were crippled with the "new" smog regs in the US, so they put out very few horsepower compared to the Euro (non-cat) versions. The 107 was heavy, and that made the low power even worse.

The 107 is probably the worst roadster MB ever made. The US versions with their scaffold-like bumpers and smog-pump-crippled motors were even worse. The 560s are relatively likable because they have a big enough motor to overcome some of the weaknesses of the 4.5 drivetrain.

If you have a genuine need for a coupe version of the 107, maybe this is the car for you. If you're thinking it is an investment that will be worth more than you paid, I think you are mistaken. It is considerably overpriced as it stands. A lot of people bought low mileage 560s in the 1990s thinking they would appreciate over time. They haven't. This is neither a desirable version nor a low-mileage one, so you do the math.

Like I say, if you have a burning desire to have a coupe version of the 107, this might make some sense. I'd guess there are better versions available for less if you look.

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The owner of the vehicle was the CEO of Dow and he had the car for over 30 years. He took it to car shows and drove it very little. He died in 2004 and the family I guess restored it in 2005 for 50k. So as I was driving down the road this car was on the lot. I found it funny a restored car would be outside for a year in Montana weather. Wheres the best place to look for 70 and 80's models because autotrader and ebay dont have a lot to pick from?
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I have a friend who has an unrestored SoCal perfect 450SLC DB904 blue / blue leather under 100k mileage who would sell it at that price, beautiful running and performing car.

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I've got a 74 MB 450slc in good condition with all the papers for sale or trade in Houston. Looking for a 4x4 dependable truck w/back seat for hauling a boat.
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I've got a 74 MB 450slc in good condition with all the papers for sale or trade in Houston. Looking for a 4x4 dependable truck w/back seat for hauling a boat.
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Hi Bruce. Bring it to our Sunday morning classic Mercedes Meetup and show it off. You can also take it to Niftee 50ee's in Spring on Saturday nights. You never know who's eye it may catch. We had 4 107's at Niftee 50ee's last Saturday night and two of them were SLC's. PM me if you need more information.
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