Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9

Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9

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Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9

After the somewhat unexpected success formula of mounting a huge engine into an S-Class with the Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3, Mercedes did the same exercise with the recently launched W116. However the launch of the big lumped car was posponed a while because of the raging oil crisis. In 1974 the ‘regular’ Mercedes 450 SEL was awarded Car of the Year and at the same time the 6.9 was launched at the Geneva Motor Show, delivery started in 1975. The 6.9 was the most innovative (first Mercedes with hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system and first car ever to get ABS) and most expensive. It cost in 1976 almost 8 times the price of a basic Volkswagen Golf and lined up near the most prestigious cars such as Ferrari, Bentley and Rolls Royce. The top speed was claimed by Mercedes on 225 KM/h, but journalists testing the 6.9 reported top speeds of 241 KM/h. By production closing in 1980 Mercedes had managed to build and sell more than 7,000 units of this magnificent car, a real tour the force considering the crazy era it was sold in.

Technical specification Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9:

    1. Engine: Mercedes 6.9 liter V8
    1. Transmission: 3-speed automatic
    1. Power: 286HP
    1. Wheelbase: 296 cm (116.5 in)
    1. Length: 533 cm (210 in)
    1. Width: 187 cm (73.6 in)
    1. Height: 141 cm (55.5 in)
    1. Weight: 1,985 kg (4,390 lb)
    1. Top speed: 225 KM/h (140 MPH)
    1. 0-100 KM/h: 7.5 seconds
    1. Production number: 7,380
    1. Designer: Mercedes Design Department
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    1. Ferarri Pinin | Quattro-Porte - Four Door Sport Saloons

      [...] the profitable 4-door luxury market to compete with the likes of the Maserati Quattroporte, the Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 and the famous English brands. Although Enzo Ferrari seemed to like the car and the idea, he [...]

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