With just 2,533 total cars built between 1972-73, the W109 300SEL 4.5 is a rare classic Mercedes-Benz combining performance with the utmost luxury of the 1970s. This particular US-spec example was kept in California for years and is described as largely stock aside from a recently refreshed leather interior, updated period-correct Becker cassette player, and having the factory Thermoking air conditioning system converted to R134a refrigerant. Service records since 2014 accompany the sale and show maintenance of the factory air suspension, V8 engine, automatic transmission, and more. If you've been hunting for a classic Benz that's likely to be the only one in town, this 300SEL 4.5 may be the one!
|Location||Miami, Florida 33149|
|VIN / Chassis||10905712000525|
|Mileage||91,500 Miles Shown - TMU|
|Engine||M117 4.5L V8|
|Exterior Color||Gray Blue Metallic (906)|
|Title Status||Clean (Florida)|
This 1972 300SEL 4.5 is a US-spec example finished in Gray Blue Metallic (906) over blue upholstery and powered by its factory M117 4.5-liter V8 mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission. According to this car's body plate, it was delivered new with a heated rear window, Becker radio, automatic radio antenna, and Thermoking air conditioning. The car was owned in California prior to being acquired in November 2017 by the seller, who has added approximately 1,500 miles since.
This 300SEL 4.5 is described as stock aside from a recently-refreshed interior, updated Becker Mexico cassette player, and R134a air conditioning conversion. It has received various services since 2014 including work on the air suspension and braking systems, steering gearbox, and more as described below. Service records since 2014, an unused set of weatherstripping, a set of heater levers, and owner's manuals accompany the sale.
According to this 300SEL 4.5's factory body plate (pictured below), the car was delivered with the following equipment:
491 – US version
906 – Gray Blue Metallic paint
249 – Heated rear window
513 – Becker Europa radio
531 – Automatic antenna
581 – Thermoking air conditioner
The seller recently had the cabin refurbished, including new leather upholstery and a German carpet kit, as shown below.
OEM Becker Europa radio with a Becker Mexico radio/cassette player, as shown below.
Air conditioning system converted to R134a.
Service records since 2014 cover various work, including the following, with receipts shown below and in the main gallery (click images to see full receipts):
2014 - Engine tune up (spark plugs, distributor cap/rotor, fluids, filters, etc.), new drive belts, and more
2015 - Left valve cover gasket, replaced rear brake pads/rotors
2016 - A/C R134a conversion, new steering gearbox seals, replace leaking fuel injector, new throttle bushings, new front brake pads, brake fluid change
2017 - Air suspension serviced (see receipt for details), rebuilt rear axle valve, new ball joints
2020 - Engine oil/filter change
The seller notes some touched up paint flaws/chips on the left-front door and sunroof panel, checking paint is also noted in front of the sunroof panel, as shown below.
Driver's window regulator missing some teeth, jumps when operating
Muffler has prior repairs and could use replacement
Climate control levers missing, as shown below (uninstalled set of levers included).
Wood trim strip between the dashboard and windshield is damaged on the left side, as shown below.
As with any vintage/pre-owned vehicle, additional imperfections may exist. It is the buyer's responsibility to review all information and perform due diligence prior to bidding.
Service records since 2014
Unused set of weatherstripping
Set of climate control levers
Undercarriage photos are provided below and in the main gallery.
Videos below show an exterior walk-around, engine-start, driving, demonstration of features such as the stereo and sunroof, and more:
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