Mercedes 450SEL For Sale To clear to make way for our exciting new Austin Healey, E-type and Ferrari arrivaks.
Here is a lovely example of the increasingly popular W116 Mercedes. Fitted with the powerful 4.5 litre V8 engine and three-speed autobox in the long wheelbase body, this car is worth seeing. It drives and handles beautifully and is sold with a long MOT and a right up to date service. Although there is no service book available, with the car is a file of almost 50 invoices for parts or work carried out over the years.The mileage reads at 79250 and would seem to be verified by the MOT copies provided.
The interior is very tidy indeed for a vehicle of this age, and the velour seats have been professionally re-covered in the front. The Mexican Hat wheels are in very good condition, including the full size spare. Overall it is a W116 in very good condition for the year, although it should be borne in mind that the car is almost 40 years old. The last owner had it for 15 years, and in its 38 year life it has had just 5 former keepers.
History of the W116
Although it was introduced in 1972, it was not until 1974 that the 450 SE was named the European Car of the Year . The W116 range also became the first production car to use an electronic four-wheel multi-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) as an option from 1978 on.
As well as ABS the W116 incorporated a wide variety of other safety innovations.
Strengthened body structure. The W116 featured a more stable security passenger cell with a stiffened roof frame structure. High strength roof and door pillars, along with other reinforced zones, provided enhanced vehicle occupant protection.
Deformation zones (crumple zones) in the front and rear.
A padded dashboard, deformable switches and controls, and a four-spoke steering wheel with impact absorber and broad impact cushion aimed to reduce occupant injury during collisions.
The fuel tank was no longer fitted at the rear end, but was now placed above the rear axle for added protection.
Wraparound turn signals made it easier to communicate with nearby drivers.
In 1979 the W116 was superseded by the S-Class, known as W126. Total production of these cars was 473,035 units, and they were sold throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia.