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450SEL 6.9 (Euro-Spec)

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1979 Mercedes-Benz

450SEL 6.9 (Euro-Spec)



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The 450SEL 6.9 is the epitome of a "flagship" vehicle, featuring self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension combined with a massive 6,834cc V8 engine providing 286 horsepower and 403 lb-ft. of torque, making it the quickest and fastest European sedan in the world for several consecutive years. Only 7,380 450SEL 6.9s were built worldwide, and this European-spec example has had just two owners from new. The second owner bought the car from its original owner in 1985, and subsequently imported it to the US where it has been driven and lovingly maintained in Georgia for decades, as proven by 40+ years of included documentation and service records. If you're searching for a classic European car that is exclusive, fast, and comfortable with excellent history, this 450SEL 6.9 is an excellent choice!

Vehicle Information

LocationSmyrna, Georgia 30080
VIN / Chassis11603612006226
Mileage263,400 Kilometers Shown (~163,700 Miles) - TMU
EngineM100 6,834cc V8
Transmission3-Speed Automatic
DrivetrainRWD
Exterior ColorAnthracite Gray Metallic (Color Code 172)
Interior ColorBlack
Title StatusClean (Georgia)
Additional Fees$399 Administration Fee

Seller Information

Vehicle History & Overview

The 1979 450SEL 6.9 was the contemporary flagship of the S-Class and is based on the long-wheelbase version of the W116. As a European-spec example, this particular car is powered by a 6,834cc M100 V8 engine that produced 286 horsepower and 403 lb-ft. of torque when new, making the 450SEL 6.9 the quickest-accelerating and fastest European sedan in the world for several consecutive years. The selling dealer states that they acquired this car in January 2023 from its second owner, who reportedly bought it from the original owner in 1985 and had the car legally imported into the US, with the associated documentation included in the sale. The second owner kept this 450SEL 6.9 in Georgia for the majority of its life, and is currently on a Georgia title issued in 1987. Modifications are said to be limited to 15" Centra wheels, an upgraded stereo, and Mercedes-branded wood shift knob. 40+ years of documentation, the 1985 importation paperwork, a pair of US-spec taillights, and factory manuals/service books accompany the sale.

Equipment

  • Four-wheel independent hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension system

  • Power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with ABS

  • European "split" chrome bumpers

  • Power sliding sunroof

  • Automatic climate control with air-conditioning

  • M100 6,834cc V8 engine

  • 3-speed automatic transmission

  • Limited-slip differential

Modifications

  • 15" Centra alloy wheels with 225/60-series Dunlop SP Sport 5000 tires

  • Concord stereo head-unit

  • Aftermarket front and rear stereo speakers

  • Rear window shelf modified to accommodate aftermarket speakers

  • Aftermarket wood shift knob

Servicing & Documentation

  • Per the selling dealer, 40+ years of service records and documentation including US DOT and EPA importation papers accompany the sale.

  • Per the selling dealer, the previous owner had the hydropneumatic suspension system serviced in 2022.

  • Per the selling dealer, a compression check in February 2023 showed the following readings (psi) in cylinders 1-8, respectively: 150, 160, 160, 155, 150, 155, 150, 160.

  • Some undercarriage photos are shown below, with more provided in the main gallery.

Imperfections

  • The selling dealer states that the rear deck-lid and left quarter panel have paintwork. Paint-depth meter photos are provided below and in the main gallery.

  • Missing trim piece under the drive's-side steering column area.

  • The ABS warning light is currently on, fault undiagnosed.

Included Items

  • 40+ years of documentation, including US DOT and EPA importation papers

  • Factory maintenance book showing service through the early 1990s

  • Factory owner's manuals, service books and literature

  • Pair of US-spec taillights

Videos

  • Videos below show a walk-around, cold-start, the undercarriage, and driving, respectively:

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