In 1972, Mercedes-Benz debuted the W116 series of full-size luxury sedans. The W116 is the forefather of the Stuttgart automaker's renowned S-Class, and the series ran for eight years. The W116 would set a template that was followed for nearly three decades and continues to be revered. That's why this 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SE is not only a great classic but a landmark example of the finest automotive engineering. It's got 91,000 miles on the odometer and is up for sale. It would make a fine addition to any discerning collector's garage and can be driven daily if desired.
Wearing a clean white suit, this 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SE rolls on the iconic period-correct silver alloy wheels that were a signature Mercedes-Benz icon at the time. Take a closer look; you'll notice chrome accents on the bumpers, driving lamps hung below the front bumper, and twin, downward-angled exhaust tips at the rear. The W116 is a long car, measuring 205 inches for US-spec models, and it's got impressive road presence as a result. Step aboard the black interior, and you're instantly transported into Seventies Mercedes-Benz heaven, with a strip of wood across the dash. There's plush leather seating for up to five adults, a clear analog instrument cluster, and a decent array of creature comforts that were cutting-edge at the time. This includes climate control, power windows, and power mirrors, to name a few things. You'll also notice that the radio is a retro-styled modern unit that offers Bluetooth, USB, and AUX connectivity.
This 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SE comes with a 4.5-liter V8 that uses Bosch D-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection to pump out 190hp for US market cars. There's also 240lb-ft of torque on offer. As you may glean, this engine is not a high-rev screamer but a low-rev, torque-rich powerplant designed for effortless and reliable cruising. A three-speed automatic transmission sends drive to the rear wheels. Zero to sixty was timed at under nine seconds when new, with a claimed top speed of 130mph. Power-assisted disc brakes on all wheels ensured ample stopping power, given that the car weighs nearly 4,000 pounds unladen and can touch 5,000 pounds when five burly adults are aboard.
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