Mercedes-Benz 500SLC

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Mercedes-Benz 500SLC

1980 - 1989
Country:
Germany
Engine:
V8. overhead cam
Capacity:
4973cc
Power:
240hp
Transmission:
4 spd. auto
Top Speed:
225 km/h
Number Built:
1,299
Collectability:
2 star
Mercedes 500SLC
Mercedes-Benz 500SLC
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 2

Introduction



At the Geneva Motor Show in March 1980, an uprated version of the 107 series roadster and coupe was presented; the equipment of the interior (including at long last the steering wheel) had been brought up to the standard of the S-Class sedans - as had the cars technology.

The former 3-speed automatic transmission was replaced by a 4-speed version, and the light-alloy engines of the S-Class were built into the 107 series models in slightly modified form. There were very few external differences to its predecessor; the main external cosmetic change being the addition of a black plastic rear spoiler.

Suspension upgrades included the use of a double wishbone axle with coil springs and anti roll bar at front and a diagnol swing axle at rear. Larger brake pads were also introduced, and with that their longevity increased by over 30%.

Interestingly, the new model 500SL and SLC's engine developed the same horespower rating as the legendary 300SL from almost 30 years prior. Even acceleration times were near identical, the new model SL and SLC beating the older model by only .6 of a second, attaining 0 - 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds.

As with the SL, this was the first model SLC that allowed the owner to option ABS.

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