Lot 673: 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 SE

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Year: 1973

Model: 450se (Shorter wheel base, vs. SEL)

Chassis: W116 body style

*first “S” class 

Engine: 4.5 Litre V8, 190hp

Interior: Tan “MB TEX”  interior (redone by previous owner) All new carpets, pads, seat covers and coco mats.

There are some minor imperfections (left rear seat below window has some stitching coming out – see pic below)

Dash has the common small crack on the right side of the RPM speedo (covered with dash mat)

Exterior: Byzantine Gold – I had the car resprayed for $5,000.00 – I have pics of that as well, all the under treatment

was also redone (wheel wells, lower rocker panels, etc) Car has LARGE Webasto Sunroof (factory)

All window seals have been replaced by prior owner

Has original radio (Becker) with retrofit iPod Hook up – it is intermittent, I would have someone look at the radio.

I had the front end suspension bushings all redone $1700, new fuel pump + $700 and did all regular service at Strictly Mercedes in Seattle. I used to go to AutoMeister in Issaquah but Ernie (original owner) sold and was not happy with the change in leadership. To make the car perfect, I would suggest in the next 7-10K miles do the 150K mile service (car has 143K miles currently) And if elected, replace window regulators (slow to roll down and roll up)

The A/C and heat work better than my new Jeep, it is flawless and heats up QUICKLY.

I have over $38,000 (not a typo) in receipts from the previous owner(s)

Has original manuals and service booklet, tool kit.

Car has highly desired small euro bumpers (came stock for USA in 1973, DOT came into effect in 74′ for all cars)

I attached a pic of my diesel with the huge US bumpers (it’s an 80′) for reference.

Someone who likes a weekend driver, wants a classy, easy to maintain German sedan, I think the W116 chassis’s are at a good price point, parts are easy to find, maintenance is low… I believe for the 70s benzes it really comes down to the colors that make them more desirable, and this is by far one of the most desirable colors that Mercedes made, it screams 70’s class.