1979 Mercedes 450SEL 6.9 = Blue driver 116k miles $21.8k For Sale
Located in the USA...
A buddy just offered this 6.9 for sale now in located in Laguna Beach, California.
1979 Mercedes 6.9 = a clean Blue driver 116k miles in usa US-specs
Price: $28,800..USD dollars...Firm....
This is a very high quality and well maintained 6.9
Current & second owner bought in 1990
Private collector with a good in house mechanic.
In excellent condition rust free.
116 K miles.
I’m looking to sell for $29k
I think this could fetch
$50,000 - $60,000 at auction.
It is a great rust free 6.9 with Sunroof .
Everything works, as it’s been with the same collector owner for 30 years with his own in-house mechinac.
I will send additional photos and a video of engine running in another email.
It is now located in Laguna Beach, California.
Specs and history
- details above
The Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 is the high-performance top-of-the-line version of the W116 model S-Class luxury saloon. It was built by Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart, Germany and based on the long-wheelbase version of the W116 chassis introduced in 1972. The model was generally referred to in the company's literature as the "6.9", to separate it from the regular 450SEL. It featured the largest engine of any non-American production car post WWII.
The 6.9 was first shown to the motoring press at the Geneva Auto Show in 1974, and produced between 1975 and 1981 in extremely limited numbers. It was billed as the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz car line, and the successor to Mercedes-Benz's original high-performance sedan, the 300SEL 6.3. The 6.9 also has the distinction of being among the first vehicles ever produced with optional electronically controlled anti-lock brakes, first introduced by Mercedes-Benz and Bosch in 1978.
The 6.9's successor (since 1985) — the top of range 560 SEL — continued the 6.9's self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension as an extra-cost option. Active Body Control is the current iteration of this innovation.
The 6.9 was the first Mercedes-Benz to be fitted with the hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system introduced by Citroën in 1954, unlike the 600 and 6.3 which employed air suspension.
The benefit of this arrangement is progressive springing. The more the enclosed air in the suspension is compressed, the more difficult it is to compress; thus the suspension rate changes in proportion to the load.
Using a combination of fluid-filled struts and nitrogen-filled pressure vessels or "accumulators" in lieu of conventional shock absorbers and springs, the system was pressurized by a hydraulic pump driven by the engine's timing chain. Compared to the new Mercedes-Benz system, Citroën's was belt-driven, exactly like a conventional power steering pump; failure of the Citroën system thus might result in loss of suspension. The 6.9 was shipped with hard rubber emergency dampers that served as temporary springs and allowed the car to be driven in the event of a hydraulic failure. The special hydraulic fluid required by the system was stored in a tank inside the engine compartment. Ride height could be altered by a dash-mounted push-pull knob under the speedometer that raised the car an additional two inches (50 mm) for increased ground clearance.
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