BEAUTIFUL RED 450SL, BOTH TOPS, CLEAN ALL AROUND, WELL MAINTAINED. COLD A/C!
Movie star looks on a Wal-Mart budget is the magic of the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL. Cars like this 1979 450SL convertible pack all kinds of charisma, great performance, and bulletproof hardware, they look like they should cost a million bucks, yet are remarkably affordable. If you want to get noticed in a car, this is probably the most affordable way to do it!
Hard to beat a 2-seat convertible in bright red because some folks just wouldn't have it any other way. It's not the original color of the car, but the quality is there, showing it was professionally done. Sure, it might show a few signs of age, but it's absolutely okay if you just want to drive and have some fun. Most importantly, this is a southern car so it hasn't been slogging through winter weather for years and as a result the doors slam with that precision that you almost can't find today. Americans have grown accustomed to the heavy rubber bumpers so they give the car a substantial look and remain in very good shape, as does the rest of the bright trim, some of which has been gold plated just for a little extra sizzle. You also get a modest black deck lid spoiler reminiscent of the Europe-only 500SL and European-style headlights that make a huge difference in the look.
The black leather interior is a fantastic upgrade over the usual MB-Tex vinyl that was standard equipment in these cars. Again, it's unlike Mercedes to be so flashy, but it totally works in this 2-seater. The seat covers are new and look fantastic, while original parts like the door panels and dash pad are in very good condition and the deep, plush carpets haven't faded in the sun, another very good sign. A lot of accessory woodgraining gives it an upscale look, including the custom center console and aftermarket steering wheel that actually works rather well here. These cars came loaded with every feature they could think of in 1979, including power windows and locks, cold A/C, and even a rear defroster in the removable hardtop. There's also a neatly installed Sony AM/FM/CD stereo head unit with 6x9 speakers behind the seats for plenty of sound. The trunk is reasonably spacious and beautifully finished with matching carpets and the car includes both a black canvas convertible top and a matching red hardtop.
The 4.5-liter V8 engine really needs no introduction. Powering Mercedes-Benz automobiles for a decade, it is smooth and torquey, and if properly maintained, will run practically forever. This one starts easily and idles with a precise mechanical feeling that's quite different than the isolation chambers we're used to today, but no less pleasant. Fuel injection gives it sharp throttle response and the flexible power curve makes it fast without feeling like it's working too hard and it comes with maintenance records, so you can buy with confidence. A 3-speed automatic transmission seems a little syrupy at first, but you'll find that the faster you go, the better it works. In fact, that goes for the suspension and brakes, too, which were bred for the autobahn and make this car supremely competent on American roads. The exhaust has a pleasant bubbly V8 sound and those chrome wire wheels give it a distinctively sporty look and are wrapped in recent 205/70/14 Kumho radials.
These cars remain perennial best-sellers here at Streetside Classics because they represent performance, style, and value, and this one is no exception. Call today!
AM/FM Radio, CD Player, Defrost, Manual Convertible Top, Removable Hard Top, Air Conditioning, Heat, Leather Seats, Four Wheel Disc Brakes, Fuel Injection, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Power Windows, Seatbelts
Owner's Manual, Maintenance Records, Title Documentation
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 4.5 Liter V8
- Transmission Type
- 4 Speed Automatic
- Fuel Specification
- Body Color
- Body Style
- 114,790 (Actual)
- Fort Worth
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Buckets With Console
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console
Estimated Monthly Payment
Based on 20% down over 96 months