Mercedes-Benz replaced the existing S-Class in 1972, the new W116 line up having been on the drawing board since the mid-1960s. Much of the development programme 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 carburettor-fed 2.8-litre 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. For plutocrats there was the 450SE 6.9.
With a sensible c.120,000 miles covered from new, and coming from long-term ownership, this early top of the range 450SE model still presents well. A good example of Mercedes’ flagship model of the 1970s.
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.