This 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 was originally sold new and owned in Arizona where approximately 85k miles were added. The current owner purchased the car with 90,046 miles on the odometer and proceeded to oversee cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment in Georgia. Finished in Astral Silver (735) over a Black Leather (201) interior, power comes from a rebuilt and refurbished 6.9-liter M100 V8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. All original features function well including the factory hydropneumatic suspension, power windows, power sunroof, air conditioning, cruise control, power antenna, and Becker Mexico radio and cassette player. This W116 now shows 91k miles and is offered by the selling dealer on consignment with a recent restoration, original literature, a tool kit, and a clean Georgia title.
The body is finished in Astral Silver (735) and accented by refinished brightwork and black body trim. Front and rear bumpers are North American market parts along with the sealed beam headlamps. All the glass in this example remains original and displays OEM etchings while the window trim has recently been replaced and shows no wear or damage. Close ups of the windows, window trim, brightwork, and lighting can be seen in the gallery below. The seller notes an indentation in the rubber portion of the front bumper. Exterior features include a power sliding sunroof, power antenna, and independently adjustable rear view mirrors.
Refinished 15″ Baroque (Bundt) wheels with paint matched center caps measure 15x7" on all four corners and feature new Michelin XWX reproduction performance tires. All four tires measure 215/70 and tout a 186mph speed rating. A matching original full-size spare wheel and tire are in the trunk along with the original tool kit. During the recent refurbishment, a complete refresh of the suspension has been performed.
The cabin is trimmed in new Black Leather (201) across the seats, door cards, dashboard, and armrest. The seats were recovered under current ownership to factory specs and rear headrests with covers are included in the sale. Burl Wood trim accents the dashboard, center console, and shifter surround. Black carpets are in good shape with no fading or pulls and black and silver Coco Mats are fitted in the footwells and center console storage tray. The Becker Mexico head unit has been rebuilt and functions properly including indicator lights and preset functions. Air conditioning controls function as well and mitigate fan speed accordingly along with temperature and direction. Other features include controls for the operational power antenna, rear defrost, cabin lights, and power sunroof.
The factory four-spoke steering wheel frames VDO instrumentation including a 170-mph speedometer and 7k-rpm tachometer, as well as gauges for oil pressure, coolant temperature, and fuel level. The odometer displays 91,519 original miles and the odometer and trip counters function and reset as intended.
The 6.9-liter, dry sump M100 V8 was rated at 249 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque when new. These performance numbers were restricted for the North American market due to emission standards. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a three-speed automatic transmission. A complete refresh of the suspension has been performed along with a top end engine rebuild and hardware update. Detailed photos of the engine and mechanical components can be seen in the gallery.
This W116 shows 91k miles and is offered by the selling dealer on consignment with a recent restoration, original literature, a tool kit, and a clean Georgia title.
When the 6.9 was announced, Mercedes-Benz didn’t have any examples slated for the North American market due to the oil crisis of the 70’s and restricted emissions regulations. Thanks to torque-hungry dealers and customers, MB sent just over 1,800 total units over the Atlantic, reportedly 462 for the 1977 model year. Original MSRP was a whopping $38k USD (More than $175k today) and less was more for Americans. These examples saw a power reduction from the legendary M100, different US spec headlamps, bumpers that extended the length of the car almost 11 inches, and a disabled height adjustment feature for the suspension. Regulations aside, the 6.9 W116 still out performed every other European sedan on the market and gave American muscle a good run between stop lights. Not many of these examples survived over the last few decades and very few are in a premium condition like this example. We hope this one finds a good home that will feed it the miles it was built to devour.
Get the best of The MB Market directly in your inbox every day. Subscribe for a curated list of our top market listings and articles!