Byzantine Beauty: 1973 Mercedes-Benz C107 350SLC – Sold?
September 17th Update – While preparing for our latest Free For All Friday feature, we confirmed the original Craigslist ad for this ’73 C107 Mercedes expired earlier this week. With no other fresh listing found, we’re assuming this classic SLC sold.
While we come across R107 Mercedes SL roadster by the dozen on any given day, rare is a sighting of its C107 Coupe brethren such as this 1973 Byzantine Gold example listed recently on Craigslist in New Milford, Connecticut with only 74,000 original miles and an asking price of $18,000. Stacking the price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool validates this private seller has his 350SLC priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $21,800 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $11,600.
Mercedes-Benz launched the R107 SL Roaster and C107 SLC Coupe in North America for the 1972 model year. Replacing its “Pagoda Roof” W113 predecessor, the R107 remained in production in various forms (based mainly on the power plant under hood) through 1989. The R107 and C107 took the chassis components of the midsize Mercedes-Benz W114 model and mated them initially to the M116 and M117 V8 engines used in the W108, W109 and W111 series to make a wonderfully luxurious and adequately powered roadster. When sales commenced in North America for 1972, the SL coupes such as this example carried “350SLC” badging, however they were actually equipped with Mercedes’ larger 4.5L V8 mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. U.S. cars sold from 1972 through 1975 used the Bosch D Jetronic fuel injection system, an early electronic engine management system.
This CarJam TV video found on YouTube provides a great overview of the R107:
The private seller’s brief description relies more on the pictures to sell this rare Mercedes. With only 74K original miles on a car originally from California, its no surprise of how clean the engine compartment and undercarriage remain. As long as the seller can provide some sort of proof of scheduled maintenance completion on this car and your in-person inspection does not reveal any major repaired collision damage, you’ll be purchasing one of Mercedes greatest Grand Touring cars of all time. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1973 Mercedes Benz 350 SLC Coupe Very Nice California car. Sunroof.74,000 miles. These are very rare to find especially in this condition.”
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