Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9
1975-1980, 7380 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,5 seats
Mercedes launched V8 engined versions of its new S-Class alongside the six cylinder models in 1972. The V8 model range included 350 and 450 types with a choice of short wheelbase SE or long wheelbase SEL bodies. Most UK imported cars came "fully loaded" with power operated features and automatic transmission. In addition to the 350 and 450SE models Mercedes added a "super saloon" to its line-up. The 450SEL 6.9.
The 450SEL 6.9 effectively replaced the earlier 300SEL 6.3 saloon using the same recipe of long wheelbase saloon bodyshell and an enormous V8 engine, this time displacing some 6.9 litres. The 450SEL also featured hydropneumatic suspension complete with a self-levelling system. In its day the 450SEL was considered the best saloon car in the world, no Rolls-Royce or Cadillac could match its impressive specification or performance.
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|144 mph||7.9 s|
|ISBN||Title||Publisher||Buy this book|
|1855201879||Mercedes-Benz Road Test Book: Mercedes S Class 19672-79||Brooklands Books|
|Publication||Classic Cars September 2003|
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Classic Cars February 2002 pg 112
|Publication||Classic Cars February 2002|
|The best cars in the world? Once it was Rolls-Royce, but by the Seventies cars like the Jaguar XJ12, Mercedes-Benz 450SEL and Cadillac Seville were all vying for that accolade.|
Classic Cars August 2001 pg 92
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