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1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Classics  /   /  By Jim Pickering

Imagine Southern California on a sunny afternoon sometime in 1973. Movie stars, producers and directors liked sporty little convertibles.  If you could jump into a Wayback Machine and drive through one of Los Angeles’ winding canyons — maybe Malibu, Benedict or Coldwater — you would see lots of glammy Mercedes-Benz 450SLs scooting around.

These little tanks were reliable drivers — and they turned heads on Sunset Boulevard or on the Pacific Coast Highway. We don’t have Wayback Machines — yet — but this bright red 450SL with the big 4.5-liter engine might be a pretty good substitute.  The seller admits this car has needs: “It will start and idle until you hit the gas and then it dies.” Hmmm….

Then again, it would be epic — hopefully not in terms of cost — to get this time machine back on the road, where it will undoubtedly turn heads once again. The body looks very straight and clean, and this California car doesn’t suffer from the rust monster. The interior is worn, and the seller points out that the white interior — sooooo 1970s! —  doesn’t look completely white anymore.

The car has an automatic transmission, leather — although dirty — seats, air conditioning,  power windows, factory radio and the famous removable hard top. The car also has 207,000 miles and needs work. As it is a Mercedes-Benz, parts and labor may be expensive, but this car is tempting. Don’t miss the video, which looks like it was shot in a Southern California strip mall.

A total of 2,595 1971-1985 Mercedes-Benz 450SLs have sold on eBay Motors during the past few years. Prices for these cars ranged from $6,200 to $13,000. Click here to see this one’s listing.

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  1. Martin Hopper May 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm Reply

    A true classic. However, it should be noted that although MBZ parts and service are expensive, when you look at miles travelled they really are inexpensive cars. I will admit on a cents per mile basis my wife’s late model Lexus RX (now approaching 200k miles!!!) is a tiny bit less expensive – but when we go out to dinner it’s my 26 year old 560 SL which is left at the valet station for all to admire.

    • Doug fresco May 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm Reply

      560sl. I am admiring in my mind from here ? Here in hong kong we have many many classic benz in absolute top condition,since most people who bought and owned
      Such cars had a full time person to care foe such and drive the kids to school in the “other”
      Family sedan. I loved the 450 sl and of course the 560

      Enjoy the memories. Doug

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