Wed, 16th Oct 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 97

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL

Sold for £12,375

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: FYV730V
Chassis No: 11603322100101
Mot Expiry: Jan 2020

- 63,000 recorded miles and MOT'd into Jan 2020

- Offered with service history and a collection of invoices

- Suitably recommissioned prior to being put back on the road in c.2015

Further info:

Introduced in 1972 as flagship of the contemporary Mercedes-Benz range, the W116-series was equipped with all round independent suspension, disc brakes and power assisted steering. Engine sizes varied from a modest 2.8 litre straight-six to an extravagant 6.9 litre V8. Though, it could be argued that the long wheelbase 450 SEL model was the pick of the range. Reputedly capable of 130mph thanks to its potent 4520cc V8 unit, it was less nose-heavy / thirsty than the Wagnerian 6.9.

Finished in Green with Cream leather upholstery, this particular right-hand drive example is understood to have been imported into the UK by its first owner during 1984. Laid-up by its second keeper in 1990, `FYV 730V' lay undisturbed until entering the current (third) ownership some twenty-five years later. As such, its current odometer reading of 63,000 is thought to represent the total covered from new. Suitably recommissioned prior to being put back on the road, the luxury saloon is rated by the vendor as being in `very good' condition with regards to its bodywork, engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment and interior trim, while he rates the paintwork as `excellent'. Offered for sale with service history, collection of invoices plus an MOT into January 2020.

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