MB Disco Party: The Mercedes 450SEL 6.9

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When you’re behind the wheel of a Mercedes S-Class, you feel like you own the road. But when you’re behind the wheel of an S-Class with a Big-Block under the hood…you DO own the road.

Introduced at the 1974 Geneva Motor Show, the 450SEL 6.9 was intended to pick up where the 300SEL 6.3 left off. So, the new car got a larger 6.9-liter engine, complete with dry-sump lubrication and hydraulic lifters. The suspension was completely hydraulic (no springs), and the 450SEL 6.9 was one of the first cars to offer Anti-Lock Brakes.

With a top speed of 140 MPH, the 450SEL 6.9 was the world’s fastest production sedan in the late 70’s. And it was definitely one of the most far out special edition cars ever to be devised by Stuttgart.

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