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1975-1980 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SEL 6.9 Saloon (W116) specifications

1975-1980 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SEL 6.9 Saloon (W116) specifications Classic and Performance Car

With its all-dominating S-class cars selling so well the range was losing the cache of exclusivity, and Mercedes-Benz needed something extra for the image conscious plutocrat. A 6.9-litre V8 engine did the trick, along with self-levelling Hydropneumatic suspension. Reassuringly expensive, the same money would buy you two XJ-S V12s and a Lancia Beta HPE, but the 450SEL 6.9 still sold in surprising numbers. Now prices are a little closer to earth, but you still need a comfortable income to meet the running costs.

Production

  • Production:
    7380
  • Price at launch:
    £21,995
  • Price (excellent)
    £9,750
  • Price (good):
    £7,500
  • Price (average):
    £3,500
  • Price (project):
    £1,500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    7.5secs
  • Top speed:
    140.0mph
  • Power:
    286.0bhp
  • Torque:
    405.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    14.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V8
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    mechanical fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Self-levelling hydro-pneumatic
  • Suspension Rear:
    Self-levelling hydro-pneumatic
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Three-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    5060mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2960mm
  • Width:
    1870mm
  • Height:
    1410mm
  • Weight:
    1935kgs
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