The 450 SEL 6.9 is the high-performance version of the W116 S-Class saloon. It was based on the long-wheelbase version of W116 chassis introduced in 1972 and equipped with Mercedes-Benz M100 V8 engine and full hydropneumatic suspension system. The 450 SEL 6.9 was presented to the public at the Geneva Auto Show in 1974 as the successor to the original high-performance saloon from Mercedes-Benz, the 300 SEL 6.3 (1968–1972). Like the 300 SEL 6.3, the nomenclate, 6.9, was affixed to the trunk lid as to differentiate itself from 450 SEL. The 450 SEL 6.9 was produced in a very limited number from 1975 to 1981.
The 450 SEL 6.9 had the first full hydropneumatic suspension system from Mercedes-Benz and was the world’s first passenger car to be fitted with modern form of ABS.
For several years, the 450 SEL 6.9 was the quickest-accelerating and fastest European saloon, reaching 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds and 240 km/h top speed.
The total production from 1975 to 1980 was 7,380 units with 1,816 exported to the North American markets.
The retail price of 450 SEL 6.9 was DM 81,247. The 450 SEL 6.9 had a premium of DM 25,000 to 30,000 over the 450 SEL.
Electric windows, sunroof, radio + el. antenna, air conditioning, ABS, hydro-pneumatic with automatic level control, Webasto heater, headlight wiper, central locking
|Engine||6.834 ccm, 286 PS, V8|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Silver|
|Color - interior||Blue|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||149.736 km|
|Chassis / VIN||11603612000572|
|Location - Country||Czechia|
|Location - City||Znojmo|
4-door sedan body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), automatic 3-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 6834 cm3, advertised power: 210 kW / 282 hp / 286 PS (DIN), torque: 550 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 5060 mm, width: 1870 mm, wheelbase: 2960 mm; reference weights: base curb weight: 1935 kg; top speed: 225 km/h (140 mph) (declared by factory); accelerations: 0-60 mph 7 s, 0-100 km/h 7.4 s (declared by factory)