This 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL was initially sold by Markham Motors of Somerville, New Jersey to the first owner who kept the car in New Jersey through 2000. It was subsequently purchased by the current owner with all original service records. Finished in Light Ivory (623) over a Bamboo (167) interior, power comes from a 4.5L V8 paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes a power sliding sunroof, automatic climate control, cruise control, a power antenna, and power windows with rear headrests optioned. Service records are included showing regular maintenance since new between both owners and the A/C has been converted to R134. Since 2020, new parts include a starter, brake master cylinder, radiator, alternator, battery, motor mounts, and updated exhaust system. Additionally, this example benefits from new tires and brake rotors/calipers. This 450SEL shows 49k original miles and is offered by the current owner and seller with factory literature, two keys, complete service records, and a clean transferable Connecticut registration in the current owner’s name.
This long-wheelbase example is finished in Light Ivory (623) paint with original brightwork around the windows, at the beltline, and on the bumpers. The paint is accented with a two-tone gold and brown pinstripe showing some fading. The driver door was reportedly refinished under previous ownership. Exterior features include North American sealed beam headlamps, lower fog lamps, a power antenna, and two rear view mirrors. Detailed photos of the exterior can be seen in the gallery below.
Original 14” aluminum Bundt wheels are mounted with Hankook Kinergy tires measuring 205/70 at all four corners. New tires and brakes have recently been installed.
The interior is trimmed in Bamboo Leather across the seats, headrests, door cards, and armrest. Zebrano veneer accents the dashboard and center console. Interior equipment includes power windows, automatic climate control, an aftermarket car phone, optional rear headrests, and a factory-optioned power sunroof. Detailed photos of the cabin, carpet, and perforated headliner can be seen in the gallery. The seller notes the cruise control to work intermittently.
The original steering wheel frames factory instrumentation including a 160-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer, and an analog odometer showing 49k miles. Additional gauges include coolant temperature, oil level, and fuel level. An analog clock is set within the tachometer.
The original 4.5L M117 V8 is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and rated at 180 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque when new. Since 2020, new parts include a starter, brake master cylinder, radiator, alternator, battery, motor mounts, and updated exhaust system. Comprehensive records accompany the car showing history since 1978.
This 450SEL shows 49k original miles and is offered by the current owner and seller with factory literature, two keys, complete service records since 1978, and a clean transferable Connecticut registration in the current owner’s name.
With the recent uptick in classic S-Class prices like we've seen with W126's, let's address how gracefully the W116 has aged through multiple generations of S-Classes. From its commanding road presence to the plush seats, there's no denying these classic flagships are more than capable of being driven on the daily more than 40 years since their release. Moreover, the examples, like this '77 450SEL, that have been loved, cherished, and passed down through generations seem to tell a story that not many cars are capable of conveying. It seems this long-wheelbase sedan is destined for a good home with the third owner of what we can hope is another couple decades of enjoyment.
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