Lot 234 - 1978 12987 450SEL (6.9 litre)
|Odometer reading||134,000 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £13,552|
The W116 450 SEL was first revealed in 6.9 litre form at the Geneva Auto Salon in 1974 - a highly qualified successor to Mercedes-Benz's original high-performance sedan, the 300SEL 6.3. Production of this 'flagship' model was and very limited and was the first Mercedes-Benz ever to be fitted with a self-adjusting hydro-pneumati,c self-levelling suspension system with an adjustable ride height switch in the dashboard. Additionally this model featured the three-speed automatic transmission unique to the 6.9 and a standard ZF limited slip differential both for enhanced road holding performance in the dry and enhanced traction in inclement weather. The cast iron 6.9 Litre V8 engine was good for 140mph and would propel this Goliath from start to 60mph in just 7.0 Seconds. Combining sumptuous refinement and renowned engineering with such agility and speed this scarce model achieved 4th position in a poll conducted by Classic & Sports Car magazine and printed in their April 1999 edition, ranking the 'world's greatest' ever saloons.
The current owner has lavished much time and investment in the upkeep of this striking example across more than ten years of ownership. In this time, the Goodwood Road Racing Club have used the vehicle annually as a VIP shuttle during Goodwood Revival and Mercedes-Benz World also commissioned this vehicle for static showroom displays at their Brooklands UK Headquarters. Finished in metallic blue with cream leather interior, the car is well equipped with electric windows and steel sunroof. Infrequently used and always dry stored, the 6.9 litre motor pulls strongly. Transmission is smooth and kick-down operates purposely without fuss. The discs, pads and callipers have been replaced in recent times so the brakes feel perfectly adequate to deal with the power and weight of this car. The history file contains old MoT test certificates and many receipts relating to upkeep across the years including bills from Mercedes-Benz franchised dealers and specialists such as SS Motors of Weybridge. The car will be presented to the auction with a new 12 Month MoT test certificate and represents a handsome, capable and most desirable derivative of the W116 family in show-ready condition, this model should represent a good investment opportunity for the next owner.
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