Elegant, large touring coupés have always been a Mercedes-Benz showpiece, and their premieres were always guaranteed to attract attention. October 1971 saw the new 350 SLC cause a stir at the Paris Motor Show. Finally Daimler-Benz had for the first time produced its large coupé not as a variation of the S-Class, but as a variant of the sporty, serene SL Roadster. “Although it is quick, its sportiness is limited to its external shape,” wrote tester Manfred Jantke in October 1971 about the 350 SLC in the “auto motor und sport” trade magazine: “Otherwise, comfort dominates.” That was no surprise, but the stated aim. Ultimately the designers had emphasized the external similarity to the 107 series Roadster, which had been unveiled six months earlier, but had extended the wheelbase of the four-seater version by 36 centimeters — making it a whole seven centimeters longer than the wheelbase of the then latest S-Class (W 108 series). So two adults would have sufficient space in the rear, at least for a weekend away. The luggage compartment, however, offered sufficient space for travel essentials even for larger journeys with its capacity of over 300 liters.