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1975 Mercedes 450SEL 46k miles

On one hand I want to let people know that the prices of good w116 and w123 Mercedes have been steadily climbing. On the other hand the more we talk about it the less of a chance their is of me finding a bargain on what use to be an under appreciated classic, the w116.

This beautiful U.S. version 450SEL has covered a mere 46,000 miles. The car features a stunning red interior, with complementary subtle red pinstripe on the exterior, that is likely contributing to the bidding on this car.

Things look factory fresh with all the parts in the right places. Correct painted hubcaps and original Becker Grand Prix, have been saved rather than tossed for ugly aftermarket parts that are so common on these.

The engine bay is clean, the original tool kit complete, the A/C blows cold, the original manuals come with the car. These are all things that occasionally get over looked, combined together they paint a picture of good owner care and add to buyer interest.

Bidding is up to $9,000, with the reserve not met. I’ve said this before, 450SEL drivers could be had in the sub $2,000 range, some even into sub $1,000, not that long ago. We have seen several Benzs recently from the 70s and 80s show, still reasonable, but surprisingly strong prices. The w116 was a well crafted car and the appreciation monetarily and emotionally is growing. I can’t say it any better than what the seller writes: “these W116 chassis cars were made to be driven and clean low mileage examples like this one are getting very hard to find.”



  1. chanifin
    chanifin January 30, 2011

    Didn’t this just recently fail to sell at $11,000? I wonder what the seller think they’ll get for this. Without a doubt its the best 450 SEL I’ve seen in ages. I wonder the reserve is on this. 12 to 14 k seems like a reasonable goal.

  2. Bob
    Bob January 31, 2011

    Oh My, what crazy Bumpers you have. Neat car.

  3. Evan
    Evan January 31, 2011

    @Bob I know. The Euro bumpers look so much better and do just as good a job fending off shopping carts. Why NHTSA thought German engineered headlights and bumpers at this time were less safe than the U.S. requirements is beyond me.

  4. Evan
    Evan February 1, 2011

    Ended with reserve not met at $9,655.

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