1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9

What, the 500E AMG 6.0 AND 500SL AMG 6.0 weren’t enough? Okay then, how a 6.9, this time lumped under the long hood of a W116? Well, if I’m honest I’m disappointed, as this spot was originally supposed to be filled by a rare 1990 560SEC. It’s not that the 6.9 isn’t rare, it’s just that particular SEC was a claimed AMG widebody 6.0 with full documentation. The highlighted text brings you to the auction. You know when they put “seller reserves the right to end the auction early”? Well, apparently that’s true. In any event, though I’m fairly disappointed that car disappeared early, it does give us the chance to look at this lovely early European-spec 450SEL 6.9:

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Year: 1975
Model: 450SEL 6.9
Engine: 6.9 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 194,480 mi
Price:Reserve Auction

1975 mercedes Benz 450sel excellent condition runs great clean title 2 owners 200,000 org miles. Good exterior / interior. Authentic AMG Penta rims. All service records since new. New brakes, brake booster, fuel pump, fuel filter rebuilt fuel distributor. Vintage blue California plates from 1975 with current tag. No smoke, no leak, no overheat, everything works great. I can arrange international shipping if needed.

I love the Euro-specification W116s so much more than what came to the U.S., it’s really night and day for me. Miles are fairly high, but this is a Benz from the generation when they were built from granite – and it shows, since the car appears to be in great shape and belies the miles that have been accrued. The stack of receipts of maintenance probably help – the seller’s claim of all records certainly looks to be pretty accurate. But the real draw to me is the look of the car, sitting low over the real-deal ATS AMG wheels. The stance and look is perfect and helps me forget the lost widebody SEC 6.0. Well, nearly…at least this one will be a lot more affordable!

-Carter

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5 Comments

  1. The paint almost looks like that Saab flat gray. Interesting.

  2. I don’t think that this is a 6.9
    All 6.9 cars came with burl walnut trim and unique materials for the seatbelts and carpets which this car is lacking.
    I would guess that the badging was added at the same time as the wheels. I admit the car does look very good as is.

  3. Matt, if that’s indeed the case good catch – I missed that. The VIN doesn’t tell us much other than that it’s a left drive, automatic 450SEL:

    WDB11603312046126
    033 = 450SEL
    1 = LHD
    2 = Automatic
    046126 production number

    (from what I can tell!)

  4. It’s a normal 4,5L according to the VIN, or it must have undergone a conversion (Privatly)
    033 = 4,5L (M116 Enginetype)
    036 = 6,9L (M100 Enginetype)

    Regards Nick

  5. Great information Nick, thanks for the correction! It’s unclear if it’s actually a 6.9 converted car or (more likely) just badged so. Thanks for the VIN info!

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