Strikingly beautiful Mercedes-Benz 350 SE from the W116 series
– Smooth-running V8 engine with an output of 147 kW (200 hp) from 3.5 liters of displacement
– 3-speed automatic transmission for a relaxed driving experience
– Built in 1975, since then always registered in Germany
– From 1980 to 2017 with the same owner
– Classic color combination of dark green paint and beige leather interior
– Period-correct accessories like CB roof antenna and spoiler
– Center armrests front and rear
– Original Becker Mexico cassette radio on board
– German registration + historic vehicle admission
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.