1978 Mercedes-Benz W116 450 SEL 6.9 V8
Wallet-emptying, glorious beast!
I bought this as a drivable project. It had been neglected by previous owners over the last 10 years. During my year of ownership I have done the following so far...
Full engine service (including an 18 litre oil change).
Replace all 5 suspension spheres with new MB.
New exhaust (half from MB, half custom).
New brake hoses, calipers, discs, pads and park brake shoes, all around.
Fix blower motor.
New headlight wipers.
Various other small parts.
Extensive underfloor rust renovation.
What a fantastic car that I feel lucky to own. It has so far cost me a fortune to bring it up together, and next year it will be going into a body shop to have a full strip down respray, and I'm toying over whether to leave the seats original or refurbish. The wood will be refurbished.
With the new spheres it drives like no other, the comfort is uncanny. The engine is a work of art and I also just enjoy looking at the car.
Don't worry about fuel costs, that will be the smallest expense of owning one of these. Parts are mainly expensive, lots are NLA so you have to be creative.
Prices are rising all the time, so if you want one, get it whilst you can, but make sure you have deep pockets!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th August, 2016