– strikingly beautiful Mercedes-Benz 350 SE from the W116 series
– classic colour combination of dark green paint with beige leather interior
– built in 1975, since then permanently registered in Germany
– with the same owner from 1980 to 2017
– period-correct add-ons include CB roof antenna and spoiler
– smooth-running V8 engine with 147 kW (200 hp) of power from 3.5 litres of capacity
– 3-speed automatic transmission for relaxed cruising
– front and rear arm rests
– original Becker Mexico cassette radio on board
– German registration documents and historic plates
Not just any luxury sedan, but the epitome of quality in the 1970s – that’s what the W116 models of Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class will always be remembered for. It was the chancellors’ car in a tumultous era, both Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl were chauffeured in them. The W116 also was the first luxury car to be named “Car of the Year” in Europe, as well as “Best Sedan in the World” in the US.
Its debut was originally planned for the 1971 Frankfurt Motor Show – which got cancelled. So the S-Class – the first to officially bear this name – was presented to the public at the Paris Salon of 1972, and became an immediate success. It was not only the enhanced passenger protection through a reinforced body structure with strengthened roof and door pillars, but also the very high quality of craftsmanship which earned these cars the reputation of being virtually indestructible. Of course, watching high-ranking politicians disembark from their armoured variants of the W116 on telly day after day may have helped, too. The W116 also brought technological advances, ABS brakes and cruise control were first featured on it. It is not widely known that a 5-cylinder diesel version, the 300 SD, was built exclusively for the north american market from 1978 through 1980.