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For Sale: 1973 Mercedes-Benz S-Class in Carey, Illinois

Vehicle Description

This is a truly stunningly original condition Mercedes Benz W116 450SE sedan. Finished in "Tobacco Brown" (code: 423) with Bamboo factory and genuine leather seating, (267, Bamboo, leather color code of 810). The car presents in amazingly original and is in true museum quality condition. Being amongst the first of the W116 in America, the car has the Euro spec style streamlined bumpers which are indeed a great welcome over the very obtrusive (and ugly) North American type bumpers that were mandated from 1974 and onwards. The is a 1-owner and purchased new in Wisconsin by an industrialist who only drove her on special occasions and appears never to have driven her in inclement Mid-western winter weather. It is super clean underneath and throughout with virtually no rust, not even any mild scale. The car was used by its only and first owner up until about 2000 and climate control stored since for reasons we have not quite established but to say, the car presents in a condition that looks like she is only 5 years old. Since purchase from its dry storage, it was recently serviced and all in working order. Mechanically the car is in top shape with no known issues. Just a quick look under the hood is testament to how well this Mercedes has been maintained. Body and paint is excellent. The car is accident free and the paint appears to be mostly original. I would fair to say she is "100% ALL original" but just in case I may have missed something, I will err on the side of caution and claim "mostly original". It is very shiny and consistent with only minor chips here and there but nothing glaringly so. There is no crazing or cracks in the paint. There are two panel areas of light rust bubbling to include the forward section of the left rear wheel arch and the lower forward section in the right rear wheel arch (please see photos). I did not fix these so as to preserve the original paint and allow the new owner to make their own evaluation whether to leave or repair. I also wanted to avoid the misconception of hiding anything sinister. The interior is simply superb. She is in great shape with no unsightly wear on the seats, carpets or headliner. The seats themselves are in excellent condition without any degradation of the "horse-hair" padding. The leather seating is in almost perfect condition showing only a very light and welcomed patina, but certainly no tears, wear-thru and has never been redyed. It is indeed all original and simply outstanding. Its interesting to note that it does not have the more widely used "Pebble" grain leather used in W116s but in fact the higher grade leather normally reserved for the later 6.9s or, as also used, by the late W108s. I am guessing because this is a very early 116. The dash crash pad does not have a single crack and is completely original. This in its own right has to be the best testament to the cossetted life this Mercedes has had, as it is almost impossible to find any Benz of this era to be without at least some little cracks in the dash. The dash wood is also in excellent shape and has only the most minimal "milk-ing", but no cracks in the lacquer nor lifting or peeling of the veneer. Have a close look at the buttons and switch gear; they are all in as-new condition. The car sports its original Becker radio with electric antennae. The interior is so "perfect" that even the top of the back seat and rear parcel shelf is without blemish. The top of the seat leather is not hard like typical examples but remains soft and without cracks, of course. Even the carpet on the parcels shelf itself is immaculate without fade or sun break-down of the pile. The front sun-visors are not "brown-faded" as most often happens. The car really is delightfully preserved. The trunk is super clean with its original carpet and additional rubber mat in good condition. She is also a non-smoker car so clean and sweet. The car presents with all its original features; electric windows, door lo

Vehicle Details

  • 1973 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Listing ID: CC-1582355
  • Price: $45,000
  • Location:Carey, Illinois
  • Year:1973
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:S-Class
  • Exterior Color:Tobacco Brown
  • Interior Color:Bamboo leather
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:101500
  • Stock Number:W11603212003864
  • VIN:W11603212003864
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