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1979 Mercedes-Benz (W116) 450 SEL 6.9
This 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 (W116) is an Australian-delivered classic Benz which has recently undergone a full engine rebuild. Under the bonnet is a naturally-aspirated 6.8-litre V8 engine which produces 198kW/510Nm. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a three-speed automatic transmission. The odometer of this vehicle currently shows only 88,025km.
As the high-performance version of the W116 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the 450 SEL features a bored-out version of the famous Mercedes 6.3-litre V8. This was the largest engine fitted to a Mercedes-Benz (or its European rivals) after the Second World War. It was designed as the top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz flagship to continue on from where the original performance sedan, the 300 SEL 6.3, left off. Not only did it feature a powerful engine under the bonnet, but the 450 SEL also debuted new technology such as hydropneumatic suspension, ABS, and automatic climate control. For several years it was the quickest vehicle of its type and featured a 240km/h top speed. Befitting of its flagship status the 450 SEL featured a copious amounts of standard equipment. It was notably used in the Claude Lelouche’s iconic short film “C’était un rendez-vous”.
Painted in light grey on the exterior and upholstered with brown velour-type fabric and leather inside, this W116’s specification is period specific. The exterior is adorned by chrome highlights and the interior features unique snake-skin print inlays in the dash and centre console. There are no obvious aftermarket modifications made to this car’s as-delivered specification. The vehicle currently sits on a set of 14-inch Mercedes wheels wrapped in Maxxis whitewall tyres.
Built new in Germany in 1979 and complied new in Australia in December of that year, this 450 SEL has been kept well, with relatively low mileage. According to the seller the engine was overhauled at the beginning of 2022, though items such as the air-conditioning and the rear speakers do not work. The vehicle was sandblasted and soundproofed approximately five years ago. Its hydropneumatic suspension has also been restored. Recent servicing has taken place at Classique Motors in Port Melbourne, VIC.
On the outside this W116 shows in excellent order overall, having benefitted from a respray ten years ago. The grey paintwork still glosses nicely in the sunlight and shows no overt marks of swirling or scratching. Exterior chromework appears in polished condition. One minor mark of painted-over stone chipping is seen on the rear-right wheel guard. There are some subtle marks around the door handles and leading door edges. No points of kerb rash are seen on the four wheels, while the Maxxis tyres retain a blocky tread pattern.
Inside the cabin this W116 has been well preserved for its age. The seat upholstery shows without tears, scuffing, or major wear, and the carpeting shows in similarly clean condition. Trim elements such as the inlays are in good order, as are the door cards. There is a hole in the sunroof headlining as depicted in photos. All gauge operation appears to work as normal, as does the aftermarket head unit.
This vehicle will be sold with accompanying receipts and factory handbooks, plus spare upholstery material.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number and it is not recorded as written off or stolen.
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