1981 Mercedes-Benz 280 SLC Auto


  • Rare coupe variant of the beloved SL
  • Largely complete in desirable colour scheme
  • Excellent potential. An ideal project car

The Appeal

Born in the absolute golden era of Mercedes Benz, the C107 generation SLC really personifies what made the marque so great during the 1970s and 80s. Timeless, elegant styling, robust drivelines and of course untold levels of engineering quality. The SL fell perfectly for buyers looking for an effortlessly classy luxury sports coupe that lacked the brash, imposing nature of many of its market competitors.

Hailing from the final year of SLC production, this 280 SLC is a rather interesting car that presents buyers with a wonderful opportunity to acquire an undoubtedly rare classic coupe with great scope for improvement. Largely complete and in good order, this icon of the 1970s and 80s lends itself perfectly towards a restoration to make it into a truly special car.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in the UK 07/05/1981
  • Not much is known about the car’s history prior to its current acquisition
  • It was purchased by the vendor in 2021 however the are looking to move it on to a new loving owner who can reinvigorate the car and bring it up to show standard
  • The car has been sat under cover at the vendor’s home for around a year
  • Car has been MOT’d up until 2021
  • Due to its age the Mercedes now classes as historic and thus is Tax exempt
  • V5 registration document present with the car

The Interior

  • Rare brown upholstery throughout, a marvellous compliment to the exterior paintwork
  • Some signs of wear and blemishing in areas of the cabin but in an entirely presentable and usable in its current state
  • Most of the carpets and mats have been taken up to highlight the solidity of the floors. The carpets now reside in the rear of the car
  • Seating is in good form, some notable signs of wear to the driver’s seat however these are in good overall shape, with protective coverings attached to the lower sections
  • Leather and chequered upholstery on both door panels in great order, with quality chrome door furniture and trim
  • Large carpeted rear boot area, currently storing some of the aforementioned carpets and mats
  • Two tone black and brown dash panel appears to be in fine form, notably lacking in sun fading, damage or cracking
  • Wood finish trim throughout the cabin presents in aa good clean standard
  • Brown headliner is of a great standard and houses the factory sunroof
  • Would of course benefit from some refurbishment and freshening but overall is a good highly original SLC interior

The Exterior

  • Iconic Mercedes roadster styling paired with coupe convenience
  • One of the most iconic and notable Mercedes designs
  • Excellent, rare green paint scheme
  • Paint is presentable but there are some areas of blemishing which have been touched in throughout the years, notably around the headlight and on the bonnet
  • Some areas of rust bubbling making themselves known in small patches around the car
  • Chrome trim presents well and appears to be of a high quality, exhibiting just a general patina in places
  • Panel gaps appear consistent throughout
  • Glass is understood to be original with the correct and current registration mark still etched into many of the panels
  • Four Mercedes 14” alloy wheels sit at ground level, in good shape but would benefit from new tyres and a refresh if one was to restore the car

The Mechanics

  • Driveline from the golden era of Mercedes engineering
  • DOHC 2.8 litre straight six resides under the bonnet
  • Engine and engine bay present cleanly, with many Mercedes stamped factory parts still present
  • 2.8 litre straight six famed for its longevity and smoothness
  • Whilst it couldn’t be started at the time of the photo shoot, the vendor assures that the car does run and drive
  • Underside appears clean and solid
  • Vendor advises that when it was last run and driven there was a blow coming from the exhaust
  • Paired to an automatic transmission ideal for touring
  • Naturally as the car has been sat for some time, it will likely need a general mechanical refurbishment and refresh prior to any extended use


Seen by many as one of the most stylish and well built models in the marques impressive history, the C107 era Mercedes are undoubtedly great cars. Confidently ticking all the boxes one looks for in a classic coupe, the beautifully styled, endlessly reliable machine has behind it a dedicated following of enthusiasts and parts supply both from aftermarket and Mercedes themselves, and for good reason.

With demand for good quality examples soaring, this 1981 SLC presents one with an excellent opportunity to get into the world of C107 ownership and restore a truly special and undeniably rare car without the eye watering price tag of an already finished show piece.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1981
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 280 SLC
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 139,688 Miles
  • Engine size 2746
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
21 bids
  • fqsuper•••• £7,200 01/06/23
  • mir-fri £7,100 01/06/23
  • fqsuper•••• £7,000 01/06/23
  • mir-fri £6,900 01/06/23
  • fqsuper•••• £6,800 01/06/23
  • mir-fri £6,700 01/06/23
  • fqsuper•••• £6,600 01/06/23
  • mir-fri £6,500 01/06/23
  • fqsuper•••• £6,100 01/06/23
  • mir-fri £6,000 01/06/23

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