1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 with 48,900 Miles

The W116 has been a star on the rise in the Mercedes-Benz world; long unappreciated and forgotten, like most of the models in the company’s history a great recognition of the first “S” Class means that prices have been steadily increasing. The most valuable in terms of collectables really seem to be the 6.9 models, for obvious reasons. Perhaps the original bad boy super sedan, the 6.9 predated cars like the M5 by the best part of a decade. The recipe was simple: take a giant car and insert the largest possible motor. Due to low residual values in the 1980s and 1990s, though, finding a good one can be quite difficult – but today we have quite a gem:

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Year: 1977
Model: 450SEL 6.9
Engine: 6.9 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 48,903 mi
Price: $59,990 Buy It Now

Rosner MotorSports is proud to offer this 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 high performance, luxury sedan. Our 6.9 is one of only 462 such vehicles destined for North American export in 1977. This is also the first model year 6.9 to meet all US federal standards. Few, if any have been preserved like this one. This 6.9 is finished in a light beige over saddle tan and has traveled only 48,908 miles. It is fitted with the incredible hydropneumatic self leveling suspension that allows the car to provide outstanding handling in addition to a wonderfully smooth ride. Our 6.9 is powered by the legendary M-100 power plant and features a three speed auto matic transmission and ZF limited slip differential specific to this model. Mercedes-Benz goal of producing the ultimate high speed, luxury touring sedan was accomplished with the introduction of the legendary 6.9. Collectors and enthusiasts alike still fondly refer to the 6.9 as the original “Autobahn burner”. Our 6.9 has been inspected and test driven by the experts in our Mercedes-Benz service department. It’s ready to roll and market priced at $59,990.00 plus fees. For additional information, contact Bob Reilly at Rosner MotorSports 540-287-4378/ rreilly@rosnerauto.com. Thanks for the opportunity to earn your business.

This car is a bit confusing, since for all intents and purposes it looks like a European-spec car, yet is claimed to be a North American model. Missing are the giant bumpers and 4-light facia; welcome changes in my opinion. The original Bundt wheels look perfect, and though the light beige color is certainly not my favorite, it’s in lovely shape. Inside though are where things look stunning – from the tan leather heated seats to the climate control and Becker radio, this example reminds us that the S-Class was top of the market in the 1970s. Miles are low, and being a limited model it’s certainly worth a premium in this condition. Is that premium $60,000? I’d argue no for the simple reason that we saw an even lower mile 1979 example pop up last August. Equally impressive, it still remains for sale at the same $59,900 asking price as this edition. While they may not be leading the market by much according to some enthusiasts, if this was really an incredible deal that car would not have languished for 9 months unsold. Certainly it takes a connoisseur to fully appreciate the W116’s monster model in the 6.9; however, I think these two examples may be just a few ticks too far ahead of the curve on asking price.

-Carter

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6 Comments

  1. Anyone have any experience wrt trying to maintain one of these beasts? What are the expensive hard to find parts that will require maintenance?

  2. Let me get this straight………
    A 450 SEL 6.9 in german taxi color in different shades, incorrect bumpers and headlights (I know some people like these), obviously no service records for almost $60k. What am I missing here?

  3. Just cannot lie to myself and say I like the yogurt paint. The inside is gorgeous.

  4. Agree inside is beautiful. Exterior, we used to call this color ‘Cream Puff’. A little too – Driving Miss Daisy. If you really want a 450SEL to drive, just get a regular one for 1/10th the price – they last forever and parts are still readily available – new and used. Def prefer the Euro look over the Big NA knee busters. Dont walk around the car too quickly those rubber corners will catch u especially with shorts on!

  5. @Vic, from the ones that I’ve seen as project cars, it seems that the hydraulic system is the pricey item to make right. I believe that Mercedes-Benz Classic still supplies all parts for these cars, though it may cost you in some events.

  6. I’ve noticed on the streets that this gen. of MB paint often looks quasi-flat (I don’t mean matte — I mean flat) and thin. This color more so.

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