Pick of the Day: 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, a fast executive sedan

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The S-Class appears to be in good driver condition overall

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is made up of pinnacle automobiles. It has always represented the top-of-the line models from a company that tries to consistently build the best cars in the world.

The first Mercedes model that was officially labeled an S-Class was the W116 sedan introduced in 1972. The W116 was so well-engineered and well-built that in 1977, David E. Davis in a road test for Car and Driver magazine called it, “the best Mercedes-Benz automobile ever sold.”

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The model he was discussing is the Pick of the Day, a 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9. If you have not already guessed, the 6.9 part refers to the size of the engine, a 6,834cc dry sump SOHC 16-valve V8.

This monster engine develops 250 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque, which enable the 6.9 to reach 60 mph in 7 seconds flat, strong numbers for a 4,390-pound car from the 1970s. Just to frame that up a bit, the 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB took 7.9 seconds to get to that same 60 mph.

The handling of a 6.9 is also incredible for the era and still quite surprising. These 210-inch-long cars turn more like a sports car that the heavy long-wheelbase sedans that they are.

This Mercedes 6.9 is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by its private owner in Essex, Vermont, and while not perfect, it is a great example of a driver-condition classic that will be even better if the next owner is willing to attend to a few issues.

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The owner describes the car as finished in its original color of Milan Brown Metallic over a tan leather interior. The leather and carpets appear to be in good shape and the only interior flaw of note is that the wood strip around the AC controls needs to be refinished.

The car runs, drives and stops as it should, the seller says, adding that the suspension is in great shape with a recent overhaul that included all new accumulators and tires that are about two years old. The car is originally from Florida and has been stored indoors, the seller adds. The paint looks good with a few small rust bubbles starting on the rear left side trunk well that might be from a plugged drain.

The car includes all books, toolkit and factory first aid kit, according to the seller, who lists the mileage as 160,000.

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These 6.9 Mercedes S class cars have been on the rise in value during the past few years. The Hagerty Price Guide lists the value of a No. 3 condition example, which is what this car represents, as being worth $24,400. This car has a modest asking price of $11,500 for an apparently nice car that can be brought up to the next level with a small bit of rust repair.

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Keep in mind that in 1977, the 450SEL 6.9 cost an astronomical $38,230, which makes this good deal look even better.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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