For some reason we've been on a classic Benz bender over here at the DT headquarters, located in the alley behind a 7-11. There is something in the air (other than the smell from the dumpster) that just beckons us to the classic shape, style and substance of an early 1970s Mercedes Benz S-Class. This 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SE W116 is for sale in Orange County, CA for $4,000 via craiglist.
The W116 class version of the Sonderklasse was introduced in 1973 and sold very well (almost 500,000 units) through 1980, in part because it really didn't have much competition if you were in the market for a huge autobahn style luxury barge. This particular example looks to have European spec headlamps and bumpers and is otherwise in nice shape on the exterior. With any luck the original MB-Tex interior has withstood the tests of time and also looks great, but the only way to be sure is an in person inspection.
The 450SE is powered by a 4.5 liter M117 V8 that puts out 190 horsepower in US spec, which won't blow your socks off, but it will comfortably cruise at highway speeds. It was only available with an automatic transmission, but it is a better fit the personality of the luxury barge and will be smoother when you are being chauffeured around, because you don't drive a car like this, you get driven in it...unless you are using it as your Daily Turismo, in which case...carry on!
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