5 litre SLC RALLY PICTURES

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  1. grober

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    Came across this EXCELLENT set of colour pictures of the SLC in rallye action on the Mercedes-Benz Clubs Australia & Pacific website. :rock: Scroll down towards the end of thread to see them. You dont need to be a member to see them despite what it says.
    http://www.mbcnsw.org.au/forum/index.php/topic,186.0.html
     
  2. Rasputin

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    Mercedes 450SLC 5.0


    Thank you Grober for posting that link. It is always delightful to read about the exploits of these Teutonic Panzerwagens. As owner of one of these 1,470 Deutch Barges since 1990 I can attest and concur with much of what has been written about this car.

    I have owned the 450SL, 450SLC, 380SLC and currently a 450SLC 5.0 limited edition. The 380 having less CC outputs higher BHP due to the fact that the hood, trunk lid and underbumpers are aluminium, together with the engine block being also alloy and lacking the cylinder liners which all reduces weight to the tune of over 280lbs. The bores are treated "a la vega" with silicon cristals and the valves are sodium-filled as the aircrafts. Funny thing these valves, despite being 0.9 mm thinner at the stem they are 2mm wider at the head. This with the 4-speed auto gearbox makes the 380 a superior car (except the 5.0).

    This article by L.J.K. Setright sums up a deserving description of this car:-


    "The SLCs are undoubtedly the most elegant of the Mercs and one the sweetest things in swervery, beautifully balanced handling, phenomenal grip on corners and most reliable.

    When you floor the accelerator pedal the most gorgeous growl issues from somewhere deep in the tiger bay and when it does, the car seems to leap- except that the leap is soon over, while this goes on and on, a great surge that seems to tip the road down the car's gullet and turn the horizon bluer, as though a contracting universe were the essence of some new Daimler-Benz cosmological theory.

    Of all the many fine models made by the Benz the SLC is undeniably glamorous - it whispers of soft summer evenings, of diner jackets and flowing gowns, of candle-lit supper parties and pleasant conversation. It speaks of affluence, certainly indulgence. It has panache and it is as heady as the best Champagne. But Healthy engines have healthy appetite. - L.J.K. Setright "


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    Last year there was on Ebay one of these for sale, and I quote:


    This auction is for a 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0.
    Built as a test platform to collect data for the next generation of aluminum engines, the 1980 450 SLC 5.0 was manufactured in limited numbers and was an obviously expensive venture for the factory. 1,470 examples were built for road use, just enough for ONS/FIA homologation. Only a fraction were used as competition coupes in various motorsport arenas. Reportedly, only 40 examples were sold new in the United Sates.

    Primarily a factory experimental car, this 450 SLC 5.0 was exclusively equipped with the brand new "one year only, all aluminum" 5.0 power plant, delivering 240 Horsepower to the rear wheels. Using the feedback and date received through competition use, an aluminum alloy 5.0 Liter V8 made it into production in 1980, albiet in slightly modified abd with one additional cubic inch of displacement. A stock 450 SLC 5.0 Lightweight Coupe will outperform most contemporary Mercedes, including the 450 SEL 6.9 and even the newer generation's fastest contenders, the 560 SEC and SL.

    The factory plate identifies all of the options that the car was delivered new with, including the colour code
    735G (Glasurit Astral Silver), and upholstery code
    201 (Black Leather 9028). The codes translate like this:
    404: Single seats with orthopaedic front seat backrest, left
    405: Single seats with orthopaedic front seat backrest, right
    440: Tempomat (cruise control)
    466: Central locking mechanism
    480: Self-levelling device
    502: Outside rearview mirror, on the right
    511: Becker Radio Set
    581: Automatic Climate Control
    584: Window regulators, electric
    590: Heat-absorbing glass, wrap-around, heated rear window pane
    600: Headlamp cleaning system
    682: Fire extinguisher
    256: Rear axle with limited-slip differential
    355: Antenna used for telephone, on left rear fender

    1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 Factory Lightweight Rally Competition Coupe.

    This example features alloy hoods, alloy wheels, alloy engine, lightened
    alloy door skins, and many vintage competition parts. Being an older
    restoration, this competition coupe still shows very well. The undercarriage is preserved and gives testimony to many years spent in a desert climate. Approximately 763 miles have accumulated on the refurbished odometer since the restoration was complete. This rare Mercedes coupe is ready for the club events, Vintage Rallye, or to be enjoyed as a daily driver.
    Mercedes-Benz Quality Second To None!

    Here are a few pics;
     

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  3. VB123

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    So am right in thinking the 450SLC 5.0 is a rare car, I know not many were made, but are they sought after? What are these vehicles worth?
     
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    grober

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    If you read the thread I linked to in my first post there's a good summary there. Briefly A total of 62,888 SLCs had been manufactured over a ten year period of which just 1,636 were the 450SLC-5.0 and 1,133 were the 500SLC. Both these models are sought by collectors today since they have the lighter alloy block engines and the competition background. The 280 twin cam sixes were rallied also so they are a possible resto project but don't have the same power obviously. Sadly they are very prone to rust so the chances of finding a sound one are slim, The good ones tend to be treasured by their owners who may have spent considerable money restoring them. A well restored model properly set up for classic rally competition will fetch good money if and when it ever comes on the market.
     
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    Only, I know of one for sale..........for next to nothing.
     
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    It will probably be a basket case body wise,:eek: :eek: but with petrol prices the way they are you never know? If you want a "frequent flyer" then the twin cam 6 is a possibility, but if you want it for the odd competition event, the V8 is the only way to go IMHO. They drink petrol like there's no tomorrow by the way but make a lovely sound.:rock:
     

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