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Another 6.9 review that I had missed . . .

Started by raueda1, 09 April 2023, 09:54 AM

raueda1

. . . but with a rather different slant. Not the usual auto journalist stuff.  Learn how our 6.9's rate pretty well as a retro-chic design accessory!  Who knew?  Enjoy!

https://review.wolfarchitects.design/mercedes-450sel-6-9-1975-1981/
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

6.9original

Lovely Australian example. But no, it doesn't have air suspension, or weigh nearly 3 tonnes ...

nathan

And I think here, the time has passed for a reasonably priced good original example (everyone has different sized wallets though!).  It looks like a nice example. I was trying to identify this one in my registry, as it looks tidy (except for the sumitomo wheels!).  I thought it might be chassis #1 but this had the silver Becker in it.  How the heck did you stumble on this review?!
1979 116 6.9 #6436
2018 213 e63
2011 212 e63
2011 463 g55
2007 211 e500 wagen
1995 124 e320 cabriolet
1983 460 300gd
1981 123 280te

Gpapaniko

Well it is an architect and design firm doing a car review. 
Never stop loving
1980 280SEL

raueda1

Quote from: nathan on 10 April 2023, 05:32 AMAnd I think here, the time has passed for a reasonably priced good original example (everyone has different sized wallets though!).  It looks like a nice example. I was trying to identify this one in my registry, as it looks tidy (except for the sumitomo wheels!).  I thought it might be chassis #1 but this had the silver Becker in it.  How the heck did you stumble on this review?!
I'm not sure.  Just googling around 6.9 stuff and it popped up.  I thought it entertaining that whole purpose of the "review" seemed rather unconcerned with technical stuff, but rather with the idea of the car as a retro design accessory for the uberhip.  Lots of reviews of other older Mercedes.  Interesting that apparently older Porches, Jags, etc don't merit Wolf's attention.
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

nathan

Yeh thats an odd way of looking at it, but interesting none the less! one interesting point as fans we likely dont think about, is the author pointed out it fell out fashion quickly in the 80s as the plastic bumper scene eliminated the chrome of yesteryear.  its a fair point, i imagine it dated quite quickly when the 126 turned up.  unrelated I was watching a dough demuro rv of the 220 yesterday where he said it was the most unloved s class of all time and regarded as a blight on MB history.  I didnt agree with that one. I would think the 221 is less appealing than the 220
1979 116 6.9 #6436
2018 213 e63
2011 212 e63
2011 463 g55
2007 211 e500 wagen
1995 124 e320 cabriolet
1983 460 300gd
1981 123 280te

Neil4speed

Quote from: nathan on 10 April 2023, 09:16 AMYeh thats an odd way of looking at it, but interesting none the less! one interesting point as fans we likely dont think about, is the author pointed out it fell out fashion quickly in the 80s as the plastic bumper scene eliminated the chrome of yesteryear.  its a fair point, i imagine it dated quite quickly when the 126 turned up.  unrelated I was watching a dough demuro rv of the 220 yesterday where he said it was the most unloved s class of all time and regarded as a blight on MB history.  I didnt agree with that one. I would think the 221 is less appealing than the 220

Totally agree with you on the W126 comment!

Interesting perspective on 220 vs 221. 220 was a huge departure backwards in many ways vs. the 140, and really solidified the 'dark ages' of Mercedes in terms of build quality. The 221 was an improvement in many ways. My parents have owned two now and they are really a undercover gem in the used car market in my humble opinion.