Mercedes introduces the new W116 luxury-class sedan.
This series gave birth to the term “S-Class”. W 116 stands for the sedans, while the long-wheelbase “SEL” version is referred to as the V 116. This series was the last design by Friedrich Geiger, former chief designer of the legendary 300 SL Gullwing. The W/V116 was the first car in the world with ABS starting in 1978. Only 7,380 vehicles rolled off the production line during the four-and-a-half-year production period.
The 450 SEL 6.9 was presented for the first time. This S-Class was the top of the best in luxury cars. The M100 engine, bored out to 6.9 litres, was now fired by the Bosch K-Jetronic and, like the Zuffenhausen sports cars, was fitted with dry sump lubrication. Only 7.380 V116 SEL 6.9 left the factory in their 4,5-year production period.
This 6.9 left the factory.
Today this V116 appears in stunning collectable condition.
Enjoy the walkaround video:
This 6.9 has been completely taken apart to repaint it in its original colour. The paint shows up in perfect, shiny condition and shows paint thickness of a second paint. Every screw, whether on the chassis or the engine and gearbox looks like new. Even the typical points have no sign of rust or any other disease. The gaps fit perfect and no signs of an elementary accident are visible. The whole techniques have been maintained, brakes work perfect and the joints show no play at all. The engine starts right up and runs very smooth. The gearbox works straight and soft. Even the hydropneumatic chassis shows no expecting problems. Though it is a 45 year old car it technically and visibly appears like new. Convince yourself on the following pictures:
Regardless of the thickness of the paint, it appears glossy without damage or paint incursions.
This is your chance to drive on top of the upper luxury class back in the 1970s without compromise. Good 6.9s are anyhow rare to find, but you won’t find one in such beautiful, collectable condition for such a fair price.
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