"The 450 SEL was first revealed at the 1974 Geneva Auto Salon. This new 6.9 was a fitting replacement for the original high performance saloon from Mercedes-Benz,the 300 SEL 6.3. The new car featured a three speed automatic transmission and with a standard ZF limited slip differential enjoyed enhanced road holding and traction. This Goliath of a car could achieve 0-60mph in just seven seconds and push on to 140mph. The 450 SEL combined a sumptuous interior with renowned engineering. This scarce model achieved fourth position in a poll conducted by Classic and Sports Car magazine in 1999, ranking the ‘World’s greatest’ ever saloons
This particular example is one of the last produced, a 1980 450 SEL 6.9 with 83,500 miles on the odometer. Presented in Astral Silver with blue leather interior and in the rarest specification of righthand drive, these W116 models are becoming difficult to find in this condition. The sometimes problematic hydraulic suspension has been removed on this car. This thoroughbred super saloon has clearly been well looked after by its former keepers and is ready to be enjoyed by its next custodian."