In the late sixties, Mercedes-Benz incorporated the 6.3-litre powerplant from its 600 limousine to its S-Klasse lineup, effectively creating the world’s first European Q-Car. The next generation of flagship models, the W116, would see its top models equipped with a refined 6.9-litre engine and a hydropneumatic suspension.
The 6.9 was first shown to the motoring press at the Geneva Auto Show in 1974, and produced between 1975 and 1981 in extremely limited numbers. It was billed as the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz car line, and the successor to Mercedes-Benz’s original high-performance sedan, the 300SEL 6.3. The 6.9 also has the distinction of being among the first vehicles ever produced with optional electronically controlled anti-lock brakes, first introduced by Mercedes-Benz and Bosch in 1978.
AMG started off by designing and testing racing engine, later expanding its business into building custom road cars based upon standard Mercedes cars. AMG initially produced a range of unofficial upgrade and accessories packages mainly for Mercedes-Benz production models of the 1970s and 80s.
This particular example is one of the last produced, a 1980 450 SEL 6.9 with just 83,500 miles on the odometer. Presented in Astral Silver with blue leather interior, and in the rarest spec of right hand drive, these W116 models are becoming difficult to find in this condition. This thoroughbred super saloon has clearly been well looked after by its former keepers and is ready to enjoy by its next custodian.
Interested parties should note that the car’s hydraulic suspension has been removed, and the owner’s personalised registration number is on retention and not included in the sale.
Estimate: £10,000 – £14,000
€11,000 – €15,000
$12,000 – $17,000