2019 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 Saloon

$35,000 - $40,000


Engine 6.9 litre V8
Gearbox Three-speed automatic
Engine No. 100 985 22 00 5980
Chassis No. 116 036 22 5884
Body Work Sedan
Colour Metallic Blue
Interior Cream
Trim Leather
Wheels Alloys
Brakes Disc/disc

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Mercedes-Benz was the undisputed king when it came to building the finest luxury sedan of the 1970s, a decade in which the S-class all but owned that segment of the market. Launched in 1972 following six years of intensive development, the W116 range was the safest Mercedes-Benz yet, with a massively strong bodyshell designed to meet tough new Federal Safety Regulations. Boasting more aerodynamic styling, disc brakes all round (ventilated at the front), sophisticated independent suspension at both ends and power-assisted steering, the new S-class was offered with a range of six-cylinder and V8 engines. The initial model line-up of 280SE and 350SE expanded to include the longer wheelbase SEL derivatives in November 1973, followed by more powerful 450SE/SEL models. Launched to critical acclaim, the W116 won the coveted Car of The Year award in 1973 and sold in unprecedented numbers for such an expensive luxury car, with almost 500,000 made over seven years of production. Daimler-Benz’s engineers proved they had a sense of humour by launching the epic 6.9 flagship in the face of the Oil Crisis in 1975, at a time when performance was a dirty word. Boasting impressive output figures of 286 bhp and 405 lb/ft of torque from its 7-litre V8 engine, the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 – to give the car its full title – was unquestionably the greatest luxury car of the era and remains a massively competent machine today. Installing a bored-out version of the M100 V8 engine in the standard 450SEL simply added supercar-crushing performance to the W116’s long list of attributes. With self-levelling hydro-pneumatic suspension, dry-sump lubrication and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, the 6.9 was not only fast but handled and rode superbly. Of course, it came with every conceivable luxury item available, featuring a classy mix of leather and high-quality timbers. Costing twice the price of a standard 450, the 6.9 was built in tiny numbers – just 7380 were made – and found favour with Formula 1 drivers like James Hunt, in addition to the usual business tycoons and heads of state.


  • Australian-delivered Mercedes Benz 450SEL 6.9
  • Full Service History
  • Fresh metallic blue paint
  • Original leather recoloured
  • Lovely condition throughout
Forty years have passed since this 1979 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL 6.9 was a new car, but it still commands absolute presence, even standing still. Our example is finished in iconic period metallic blue, which was repainted in 2013. Inside, the cream-coloured leather is original and in generally good condition with a couple of small blemishes and has been re-coloured so presents as well as the fresh paint. Its wood is complete and unmarked, if a little dull. Our example is also fitted with a sunroof and optional ‘Mexican hat’ alloys which are in great condition, and thin whitewall tyres appropriate for the period. The kilometres have racked up over its four decades but these big Benzs are renowned for mechanical robustness and covering good mileage. First delivered to Myer Melbourne by legendary Mercedes Benz dealer Lanes Motors in 1979, this remains a lovely car that would be perfect for club runs with the family. It comes with its original manuals and service books, full service history, Pioneer stereo manual & spare keys. Previously on full Victorian registration, this 450 SEL 6.9 will be offered for sale unregistered.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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