Sharing the same basic (R107) platform architecture as its convertible sibling, the Mercedes-Benz 450SLC fixed head coupe was introduced in 1972. A full four-seater, the model's stretched wheelbase was disguised by various ingenious styling cues such as the louvered sail panels that adorned its rear three-quarter windows. Equipped with all round coil-sprung independent suspension, power steering and four wheel disc brakes, it proved a comfortable and refined grand tourer. Predominantly allied to automatic transmission, its 4520cc SOHC V8 engine developed a quoted 217bhp and 265lbft of torque. Reputedly capable of over 130mph in standard tune, Mercedes' flagship coupe enjoyed a highly successful second career as a rally car including two Bandama wins and a second place on the East African Safari.
Finished in Metallic Green with green velour upholstery, this particular example is variously described by the vendor as being in "very good" (bodywork, paintwork, electrical equipment) or "excellent" (engine, automatic transmission) condition. While, he considers the interior trim to be "very good except for the driver's seat". Said to possess "some service history and old MOT certificates", 'UBV 597P' apparently also benefits from a "stainless exhaust". Riding on aftermarket alloy wheels, this understated Mercedes-Benz coupe is offered for sale with "original brochure" and MOT certificate valid until October 2009.