Interior Color: Blue
Number of Cylinders: 8
Trim: 450SEL 6.9
Drive Type: RWD
Options: Sunroof, Cassette Player, Leather Seats
Safety Features: Anti-Lock Brakes
Exterior Color: Astral Silver Metallic
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows
Offered for sale is a truly exceptional, low mileage, extremely original 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, finished in factory correct and ever-popular Astral Silver Metallic (DB 735) over blue leather seats. Sporting only 44k original miles and correspondingly negligible wear, this W116 6.9 is arguably the finest available on the market today, the very best of Mercedes’ very best. Sporting the fabled M100 6.9L V8 engine, a hydro-pneumatic self-leveling suspension and more technological advancements than any other car available at the time, owning this wolf in sheep’s clothing new was reserved for only the most discriminating and (at a sticker price of more than $50k), moneyed buyers. Unfortunately the cars were also comparably expensive to maintain, causing a vast majority of them to fall into disrepair in their secondary or tertiary owners’ care. Finding exceptionally clean, well-maintained and low mileage examples is virtually impossible, despite the fact that their popularity with collectors has realized a significant resurgence.
Consequently we feel fortunate to have come across this example, one that would be entirely at home in either a serious Mercedes collection or the garage of a weekend enthusiast. Sold new by Chariot Motors of Poughkeepsie, NY to its first owner in Hallandale, Florida, the car comes with its original window sticker, denoting a fully loaded example delivered in July of 1979 with a sales price of $50,190.00. Hardly used but always kept up, garaged and cared for, the car is in fantastic original condition throughout.
The Astral Silver finish is entirely consistent, deep and lustrous, marred only by the most insignificant of imperfections, none of which appear in any of the pictures. The body is entirely straight, free of any evidence of accident repairs and with consistent, correct gaps and panel fits. The chrome is in excellent original condition, as is the glass and rubber, and the light alloy wheels are flawless and wrapped in tires with plenty of remaining tread. The car’s interior is equally as clean, the blue leather seats showing virtually no wear whatsoever with flawless carpets, interior panels and headliner. Everything works, including the original Becker radio and cassette player, air conditioning system (which blows cold) and all of the power windows and sunroof. The trunk is clean and correct and the car’s undercarriage is original and entirely solid, never subjected to the elements and free of cancerous corrosion. The glovebox houses the spare keys and all of the original books and manuals, including the original window sticker.
The car is fantastic mechanically, its massive V8 starting easily, idling consistently and pulling strongly and smoothly through each of the gears. Compression is excellent, allowing this German muscle car to accelerate with robust, stable force. As with all Mercedes models of this generation, tank-like build quality and a devotion to over-engineering – especially coupled with the hydro-pneumatic suspension – creates a ride quality that was second to none at the time and is still astonishing today. The brakes have recently been gone through entirely and the car is road-ready and a joy to drive, whether tooling through town or bombing down the highway.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire what is undoubtedly one of the finest, lowest mileage, most original examples of the legendary 6.9 available on the market. As rare and iconic Mercedes models continue to appreciate at dizzying rates, this is assuredly one of the models to have, one of the last true Mercedes classics in hard-to-find, stellar original condition. Please bid accordingly.
We want this car to go to great home and would be happy to further discuss it and answer any questions, so please feel free to email us or call us at 805-202-4557. You can also visit us online at GoodmanReed.
Goodman Reed Motorcars
We’ve always had an appreciation for classic European cars and over the years have created an eclectic personal collection. We only buy cars that we’d personally be interested in owning and generally only sell them to make room for other acquisitions. That time has come for this Mercedes (if the price is right, of course – this isn’t a fire sale). We try to give accurate descriptions of the cars we’re selling, but we’re enthusiasts, not experts, and we encourage and are happy to help facilitate personal or professional inspections. But please do so before bidding, as the alternative harms our ability to make sales to other interested parties who have done their proper due diligence before bidding.
For U.S. buyers a 10% non-refundable deposit is required within 3 days of the auction’s end, the balance to be paid within 7 days of the auction’s end. Foreign buyers must pay in full within 7 business days of the auction’s end. Buyer is responsible for shipping, however we’d be more that happy to help with recommendations and arrangements. The car is listed locally and we reserve the right to end the auction at any time should it sell prior to auction’s end. Thanks for your interest.
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