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Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 – the point where luxury and speed come together PHOTO

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The German manufacturer celebrated the 45th birthday of its icon on wheels.

When Mercedes launched the 450 SEL 6.9 in 1975, this luxury sedan was considered to be the best car ever to come off the Stuttgart manufacturer’s factory lane.At the same time, the Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 was the fastest production sedan in the world.The car represented the top version of the W116, and under the hood had a hand-built M100 6.9-liter V8.

This engine was created by the further development of the 6.3-liter unit powered by the Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3.The huge powertrain produced 286 hp and 550 Nm, which at the time was the power of respect for one such sedan.The engine was paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission, which allowed the Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 from 0 to 100 km / h to arrive in just 7.4 s.Between 775 and 1980, only 7,380 of these cars were manufactured, so well-preserved specimens are now highly regarded by collectors of classic Mercedes models.

Daimler-Benz produced only 7,380 450 SEL 6.9 models, between 1975 and 1980. What was once considered the absolute best sedan in the world is now one of the most sought after classic Mercedes old timers, and for good reason.

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