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Hi All,

My brother had been an active member of this forum for a while (I don't remember his username unfortunately). He died last month (Lung Cancer - aged only 42!) and I inherited his 1979 107 450 SLC with original documents, handbook, extensive service history with nice blue leather interior, aircon and cruise contol etc. It has the original extras of AMG alloys and front/rear spoilers etc.

Today was the first time the key had been turned for months (my brother stopped driving in July) and I was expecting the battery to be flat and many gremlins to be present - and it was only 2 degrees C. In fact, it burst into life...and the engine purred smoothly. I shifted the box into 'D' and gently pressed the throttle. I have had many classic cars of my own in the past - some with big engines..but not as big as a 4.5L V8! On pressing the throttle, it moved forwards and in a few seconds I realised I was doing nearly 50MPH...but the lack of noise and soothing smell of leather made it feel more sedate. On the nearby main motorway (highway) I realised I could move up to 80...100MPH just by moving the throttle a little bit but the radio could be heard perfectly clearly and the comfortable seats tend to cosset and protect unlike any other car I have driven. I was secretly pleased to see people turn and look as I cruised though the nearby town (at a more sensible 30MPH) and people over 35 obviously appreciated a classic car with a style and shape as recognisable as a Porsche 944 or BMW 635 - other cars my Brother had owned.

I sometimes wondered why my Brother paid top price for an independent Mercedes specialist to service, MOT and generally look after a car that had not cost more than a few thousand pounds originally. Now I see why...and I pledge to keep the servicing and pampering he had paid for from now on. In fact I would rather lose all my other classics I have than compromise on the 450 which now takes pride of place on my driveway.....just as Nick would have wanted!

Not sure about the Kate Bush CDs though !!
 

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Welcome, glad to hear you appreciate the car,and intend to keep her in shape. If you don't work on them yourself, a good quality mechanic is good to know. Do you intend to keep using the shop your brother used? stick arround and you will learn alot about it. Tom

Everyone here likes pictures, alot of pictures... :)
 

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welcome to the boards GingerPuss!

sorry for your loss.. my dearest condolences.

some pictures would definitely put a smile on everyone's faces :)
 

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Sorry for your loss. We shall miss him. I believe his user name was Nick450 (do a search to find his posts). I think once he wanted to install the rear spoiler of the 5.0 and 500SL. Welcome to the forum. This might be his car
 

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My condolences as well. Your brother would be happy to know you're enjoying the car.

I've been really looking for a 450SLC. Most of my MB club friends tell me to just get an SL, the SLC is saleproof (if I ever want to get rid of it) etc.

I read the Road and Track review of the 450SLC from teh mid seventies, they couldn't say enough good things about the way the cars drives, although they weren't real kind regarding the outside lines of the car.

They're just such a great value, precisely because most people seem to want convertibles, I am having a hard time figuring out why I shouldn't have one!
 

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Welcome to the forum. I am sorry for your loss and the loss of a forum member. Please look at the picture and tell us if it was indeed Nick450.

Picture added after confirmation. Credit goes to Elrick
 

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As others have said, glad to have you aboard.
You do your brother's memory well to exercise and enjoy his car... and share it with others.
 

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Hi Guys..and thanks for the kind comments.
Yes..that is Nick's car. I remember he never drove it when the council gritters were putting salt on the roads at this time of year...but presumably it would be OK if I used a pressure washer with warm water after a winter drive to keep salt off the chassis underneath? I'm not too sure of driving it on ice/snow though...looks like a lot of power going through the rear wheels. Luckily I have an old Land Rover for days like that!

Thanks again.
 

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hi gp and welcome, im very sorry to hear of your tragic loss. nick and i got our cars at about the same time and spoke on forum a few times we also made similar upgrades to our cars ie pentas, front spoiler etc. your right these cars are great to drive so enjoy it, he will be missed. all the best at this sad time. norm
 

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My sincerest condolences. Welcome to the forum, keep the car up in the same manner as your brother did, as a tribute and remembrance. The time spent will be worth it to you.
 

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Hi All,

My brother ...died last month (Lung Cancer - aged only 42!) and I inherited his 1979 107 450 SLC with original documents, handbook, extensive service history with nice blue leather interior, aircon and cruise contol etc. {Nick450 was his user name}
Mods,

How about updating the dearly departed register to include GP's brother?
 

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Condolences from me as well, it is sad to lose a close family member, very tough.

Nick450 posted a thread about what he did to his car, he said his inspiration was your father.

It's a nice read, with lots of compliments on his good taste:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c107-sl-slc-class/1491584-ive-made-few-changes-my-slc.html#post3900325

Enjoy your brother's SLC, take care of it and drive it with with pride!

To answer your question, don't drive it in the snow nor after the salters (gritters) have been through, wait until it's all that has been washed away in the spring, or you will get rust and then that will be the beginning of the end.
 

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Welcome to the forum, sorry for your loss.

I remember he never drove it when the council gritters were putting salt on the roads at this time of year...but presumably it would be OK if I used a pressure washer with warm water after a winter drive to keep salt off the chassis underneath?
I'd advise against driving with any presence of salt, esp. if you have the Land Rover. It's hard to get all the salt off the bottom; it tends to hide in various cracks and crevices. Your brother was right about this.

Glad you've joined up with us, keep in touch!
 

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Sorry for you lost. Such a beautiful car. I have the same year same color US version SLC but yours definitely looked better.
 

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Such a precious family heirloom...

The SLC was the top of the line benz in price and exclusivity during it's production... $15,000 US in the earliest years up to over $40,000 US by the last year of production(1981)

Myself, upon realizing that my larger frame will never be comfortable in a 450SL, the SLC is becoming my new desire

Enjoy your brother's legacy often.
 
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