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Considering buying this 6.9

Started by sirmathrocks, 24 July 2023, 07:37 AM

sirmathrocks

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Quote from: Eyeman on 11 October 2023, 11:32 PMDo you know about auction websites like bringatrailer?  https://bringatrailer.com/search/?s=mercedes+6.9

Hi.. Yes.. I know BAT well but I am specifically looking for a Euro version

Jan S

If I were you I would try to find an experienced MB mechanic in the Linz area (Austria) and ask for an independent assessment of the car's history (a prominent previous owner?), body/paint, interior, technical systems/parts and driveability. A mechanic or dealer that is not associated with the seller.

And the assessment's results summarized in a formal written report incl. pics.

A minor investment to safeguard the deal.
1975-mod W116 450 SE with 6.9 engine

Eyeman

The higher mileage Euro 6.9 that did not sale on BAT in February seemed very nice.  Not sure why the bids were so low.  I didn't notice any comments but the speedometer still being Euro would be the most bothersome issue to me.  I guess collectors want low mileage.  But then you'll hear so many comments that these cars need to be driven.  My 6.9 is a Euro version, but I never had the Euro bumpers (has Lorinser "bumpers" now but I plan to find some Euro bumpers once I get my repaint, etc done).
1963 190SL(project)
1977 6.9 (Euro)
1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet
1994 Porsche 968 Coupe
2008 BMW 135
2017 AMG GTS

sirmathrocks

Hello Folks...wanted to close the loop on this thread....I bought this US spec 6.9 from BAT

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1979-mercedes-benz-450sel-6-9-26/

Neil4speed

Quote from: sirmathrocks on Yesterday at 10:10 AMHello Folks...wanted to close the loop on this thread....I bought this US spec 6.9 from BAT

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1979-mercedes-benz-450sel-6-9-26/

Wow! Congratulations. Surely one of the best specimens around. Would love to hear more as you get to enjoy it!

Eyeman

Definitely a nice one, congrats.  Definitely would have been harder to find a Euro version in this condition.  And then some of the Euros never converted to MPH speedos.  I guess the big decision now is do you stick on a set of Euro bumpers (but keep the originals for resale). 
1963 190SL(project)
1977 6.9 (Euro)
1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet
1994 Porsche 968 Coupe
2008 BMW 135
2017 AMG GTS