1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL Sedan
Chassis no. 116-033.12.098320
4,517cc SOHC V8 Engine
Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
190bhp at 4,750rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Hydraulic Disc Brakes
*Single owner for over 25 years
*81,000 original miles
*Garaged and well maintained since new
*The pinnacle of 1970s luxury sedans
Mercedes-Benz replaced the S-Class in 1972, the successor W116 line up having been on the drawing board since the mid-1960s. Much of the development program had concentrated on secondary safety, to such an extent that its occupants were considered more likely to survive an accident in the 450SE saloon (or its peers) than possibly any other car in the world. Base model of the new S-Class was the 280S equipped with a carburetor-fed 2.8-liter twin-cam six while for those with deeper wallets there was a choice of 350SE or 450SE V8s, both of which were available in long-wheelbase 'SEL' variants. A necessarily heavy automobile, the 450SE was little quicker off the mark than its smaller-engined siblings but as Motor Sport observed: "It is in these middle and upper ranges, rather than in sheer standing-start acceleration, that the 450SE excels, all powerfully, simply 'whooshing' through overtaking."
The Motorcar Offered
This Silver Blue Metallic over tan leather 450SEL has been meticulously cared for the last quarter of a century. Always garaged kept and regularly maintained by marque specialists, it still shows very well after nearly three and a half decades. Showing just a bit over 81,000 original miles on the clock, it will no doubt be as handsome and enjoyable a luxo-cruiser today just as it was when it was new.
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