Rare armored car with winding windows and driver division
Ultra powerful and just 37,500 km since new
Manual stamped up to 30,000km
In an exceptional state, never restored
The Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 liter portrayed the absolute top end of the Stuttgart brand's range, just a notch below the 600. It was based on the W116 S-Class long wheelbase chassis, and was launched in 1972, geared towards mainly a clientele made of businessmen, stars or race drivers. Equipped with a 6.9-liter V8 developing 286bhp, it was undoubtedly the ultimate interpretation of the ""Autobahn Kurier"" from the 1930s and it offered performance to rival the best sportscars of the period. The W116 class marked a complete break with the past. An extraordinary luxury limousine, with the performance worthy of a sportscar of the period, the 6.9 L offered impressive performance and exceptional comfort thanks to its hydropneumatic suspension system. With 7,380 produced between 1975 and 1980, the 6.9 L was equipped with the biggest engine made in Europe at the time and featured amazing performance.
The car on sale was sold new by Emil Frey in Geneva to the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN in Lausanne. It is equipped with the ultra-rare driver division, rear-heated seats, air-conditioning and a rare refrigerator located in the boot, as well as a Becker/Frentzel audio system and ratchet door latches maneuverable from the inside. A real rarity indeed.