W116 genuine 6.9. Rather untidy but strong boned . Needs full restoration.

1979 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 450 SEL - 6.9 for sale in Barrington, Illinois, United States

Item location: Barrington, Illinois, United States
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: S-Class
SubModel: 450 SEL - 6.9
Type: 4 door Long Wheel Base sedan
Trim: 450 SEL - 6.9
Year: 1979
Mileage: 70,000
VIN: W11603612006265
Color: Black
Engine size: 6.9 Litre Mercedes Benz V8
Number of cylinders: 8
Power options: Fitted but assumed to be not working;, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Honey tan
Options: Leather Seats, Sunroof
Vehicle Title: Clear
Want to buy? Contact seller!

Description for Mercedes-Benz S-Class 1979


450 SEL


W116 -1979

Untidy "barn find"!

This is a rather tired and sad looking W116 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL 6.9. This was someone's project that was never finished and sadly left to go no-where.

Finished in black with honey tan, a very desirable colour combination, this 6.9 is very clearly a restoration project.

The upside is, that this is a totally genuine NO RESERVE auction and will sell to the highest bidder.

Little is know about the history but if you look under the hood, you will see that it was converted to fuel injection with TWIN turbo-chargers fitted. Why? Who knows and I have no idea if it ever worked. The car does not start and I have tried, nor wish to.
The body is surprisingly straight and the paint (besides the spray touch-up on the top of the right front fender) is generally good and dent free. I think with a good clean and buff and polish, you may well have quite a decent driver quality paint-job.

The interior dash is not shown but the das, pad and cluster do come with the car but I cannot be sure what may be missing.Surprisingly, the original leather seats are in very good condition and could comfortably be revived in good presentation.

Not much can be said but look at the pictures and bid on the basis that it will very likely need engine, fuel supply, electrical and cosmetic work.

Be clear though, this is a genuine LHD Mercedes 6.9 - sometimes referred to as the 450 SEL 6.9 in other countries. Fully restored examples of these are now fetching $50,000+ and nice drivers; $30,000+

Bid to own. NO other photos available, sorry.

This 450 SEL 6.9 was the ultimate 4 door saloon from its day that ranked with Rolls-Royce and other distinguished brands. This one is a bit of a basket case, but if you are inclined to take on the project, you can buy it for a song and end up with a valuable and collectible example.

**PLEASE read auction terms and conditions below BEFORE bidding.**


This Mercedes is part of a private collection. Although licensed and bonded, I am not a main-stream retail car dealer or broker; I am a professional car collector of some 30 years with considerable experience and knowledge of British cars. I have a long standing reputation being associated with the Rolls-Royce marque which I take seriously. I take pride in my cars and have fun in collecting and restoring them. However, auctions are not a game so when you place a bid or offer, and you are the winning bidder, please understand you have entered a binding contract. You cannot bid and win the auction and expect not to meet the terms and conditions. Bidding and/or winning does not mean you are expecting me to “hold” the car until you have the opportunity to inspect it. Any inspection contemplated should be undertaken BEFORE you bid or make an offer and I openly welcome any potential buyer to come and personally inspect the car. Once you bid or make an offer, you are doing so to buy WITHOUT conditions. Your bid can not be subject to anything. A $500 deposit (non-refundable) is required within 24 hours of the close of the auction and payable by PayPal. The balance of funds are required within 7 days of the close of the auction and must be provided by cashier’s check or bank wire. I cannot accept PayPal for the balance unless you are willing to meet the cost of transfer fees. Full payment must be made (and payments cleared) before the title and/or the vehicle is released. All payments are non-refundable. Payments as described above form an important part of this purchase contract and so, if all the funds are not received as outlined above, I reserve the right to terminate the transaction without notice. If there has been any deposit or other part payments received and I elect to terminate the contract, I reserve the right to keep any such deposits or payments and resell the vehicle to another bidder or interested party or re-list the vehicle at any time. To be clear, if you change your mind for ANY reason and do not complete the transaction in the time-frame required, you will forfeit your deposit. I am happy to assist with shipping arrangements on a national and worldwide basis but the winning bidder takes full responsibility for pickup and/or shipping and at his cost.

These are the terms & conditions of the auction:

The vehicle is being sold "as-is/where-is" with no warranty expressed, written or implied. Any descriptions or representations are made with reasonable judgment and all efforts are made to ensure fair assessment and accuracy but they are for descriptive and identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. The seller shall not be responsible for errors in description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein and makes no warranty in connection therewith. If any aspect of the description contradicts what can be seen in the photos, then the photos shall prevail as the reference point. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, unforeseen imperfection, defect or damage. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have satisfied himself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects at the buyer’s request prior to the close of the auction. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any written or oral statements about the vehicle. Being a classic car in excess of 10 years of age, in most US states, the mileage may be recorded as “exempt”. In this regard the seller makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the mileage indicated or shown. I can hold the vehicle up to 14 days while you arrange shipping but you must immediately insure it. I will not bear any responsibility for any additional costs including storage, transportation, or repair after the close of the auction. Whereas I am happy to store the car in excess of 14 days from auction end, a cost of $35 per day shall apply beyond 14 days of auction end.


I am sorry if these terms seem harsh but there seem to be some very unrealistic buyers out there - fortunately, only few of these people exist but those that do can make life difficult, so it appears EVERYTHING needs to spelled out. Very simply put, this is an old car being offered for sale. It is not new and is subject to the perils of age. Further, Mercedes 6.9s are not without nuances, idiosyncrasies and they are renown for a host of design issues which can make them not inexpensive to maintain. So, please respect the terms and conditions when you bid.


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