For Sale: 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450 in Carey, Illinois

Vehicle Description

This is an amazing and simply gorgeous condition Mercedes 450 SEL that sat in storage for the last 10 years. Finished in Milan Brown (metallic) with Bamboo leather interior, this is truly a very, very beautiful presenting example. A good way to describe this S-class is to pretend you are in 1990 and you are buying a well-kept 1978 Mercedes from the authorised dealer. This was a Californian car most of its life and then a Texan car for the last 10 years. The underside of the car is clean as a whistle and without a spec of rust anywhere. The car was owned by 3 apparently meticulous owners who used it lovingly. When we got the car, we replaced the fuel pump, accumulator and filters, and she fired up like she was started only the week before. From the moment we started her, pretty much everything worked. We went right thru the car, updating all services. Everything works as it should and as pictures show, is in wonderful presentation. Mechanically the car is fantastic with no known issues. Just a quick look under the hood is testament to how well this Mercedes was maintained. When I got the car 3 years ago, I fitted the Euro spec bumpers and headlights because I deem the US spec ones as simply ugly and beyond redemption! I also chased up and purchased a set of new old-stock Michelin X tyres which were standard fitment on the 6.9 and an option for the regular 450. The car could not look more factory with these fitted. The spare tyre, is the factory original and has never been fitted to the car, so is like brand-new. The infamous white logo mud-flaps were a "must" for me and I too, fitted these. They can be easily removed if you are not into these. Body and paint is excellent. Very shiny and consistent. There is the odd chip and blemish but overall presents delightfully. I cant help but think the car was repainted even though there is no sign of it (looking around the VIN plate and body stickers, there are no mask off lines). The interior is an equally stunning aspect of the car with the Bamboo leather interior in excellent shape. She is in beautiful condition with no heavy wear on the seats, carpets or headliner. The leather on the driver seat does have a deep crease on the right side seat cushion bolster but is otherwise good. There also seems to have been a repair in a normally unseen section of the back seat below where your calves would rest (you can only see it if you lay on the back floor). The rear headrests were also professionally installed by me as many Euro cars had these fitted - and I simply like them. The dash is excellent but for a crack on the edge of cluster "hump". The Zebrano wood is beautiful without any fading, lifting or peeling albeit with a few minor hairline cracks (I reiterate "MINOR"). Have a close look at the buttons and switch gear; they look like they are only a few years old. Simply amazing. And, the factory Becker radio is in place. She is also appears to be a non-smoker car so clean and sweet. The car comes with all hand books and factory plastic sheath with jack and tools. Not much more can be said but to invite you to take a close look at the many, many photos of this great Mercedes 450 SEL. Please also look at the video I did of her in the separate link. Truly an immaculate example, I am sure you will agree. Surely amongst one of the better examples available for sale today. Not a show car but a fantastic low-cost luxury driver.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1355580
  • Price:$25,000
  • Location:Carey, Illinois
  • Year:1978
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:450
  • Exterior Color:Milan Brown
  • Interior Color:Bamboo leather
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:142000
  • Stock Number:W11603312081274
  • VIN:W11603312081274