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1979 Euro-spec Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9: Luxobarge or Landshark?

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What’s this? Another big, honking German sedan on TTS? Well, yes. Despite my recent commitment to myself to talk about some more sporting hardware, I somehow naturally tend to gravitate toward big beasts like this cool 1979 Euro-spec Mercedes 450SEL 6.9 for sale on CraigsList in Hopewell Junction, New York for a very reasonable $8,500. We’ve covered 6.9s before and talked about the bargains that they are in the current market, but this one stands out for its low price, good condition, and Euro-spec goodness. I admit, I’m smitten with it.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9: No Replacement for Displacement, German Style

I came very, very close to buying this car. In fact, the only reason I didn’t buy it is that by the time my offer was accepted, I’d moved on to something else. That was only a couple of weeks ago, and I still think that this car will make someone a happy owner. I’ve been a member of the International M-100 Group since 2003 when I first attended one of their annual meets and found that most M-100 (the designation for Mercedes’ 6.3 and 6.9 motors) owners were certifiable Car Geeks like me. I also love the cars – the Grosser 600, the original “Banker’s Hotrod” 300SEL 6.3, and the car you see here: the 450SEL 6.9. Find this clean example here on Craigslist near Sacramento, California with an asking price of $9,500.
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1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL: Big Whole Lot of Car for Cheap..!

If you’ve read this blog with any regularity, it’s no secret that I like Mercedes – especially those of the big stinkin’ V8 variety. To the subject of today’s post, the W116-bodied Mercedes S-class was the first Mercedes I can recall seeing on the showroom floor. It was a black one on a turntable, and it was glorious. Released in 1973, the W116 brought Mercedes (and with them dozens of other manufacturers through osmosis) into the modern era. Performance, safety features, and styling (in my book) were head and shoulders above the competition from the likes of Cadillac, Jaguar, BMW, and frankly even Rolls Royce. These days they look somewhat dated but can represent a tremendous value to the buyer looking for that special saloon car to stand apart from the crowd that stands a chance of starting every time you turn the key. Find this lovely yellow example here on eBay in Redwood City, California with a buy it now price of just $2,950.

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