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Last W116
« on: 07 April 2013, 03:17 AM »
Does anyone know the VIN of the last W116?  Or the last 450SEL?
1979 6.9 #5541 (Red Bull)
1978 6.9 #4248 (Skye)
1979 6.9 #3686 (Moby Dick)
1978 6.9 #1776 (Dora)
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Re: Last W116
« Reply #1 on: 07 April 2013, 09:52 AM »
I know there were 4 W116 450SEL 6.9s built in 1981, so it would probably be one of those.
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Re: Last W116
« Reply #2 on: 07 April 2013, 10:57 AM »
I know of one (with only 15k miles on it) that was registered in London in 1981, and was one of the last - the first owner had another 6.9, and had confirmed that there wouldn't be a W126 6.9, so bought one of the last ones available - I'll try to get an idea of the VIN, but I don't see the car very often.

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Re: Last W116
« Reply #3 on: 07 April 2013, 03:07 PM »
I suppose the VINs on the 6.9s would be easier to determine since it's widely known only 7380 were built.  But I didn't know there was 4 built in 1981!!!

But what about the 450SELs?  Anyone know the last VIN?  What's the highest number you know?
1979 6.9 #5541 (Red Bull)
1978 6.9 #4248 (Skye)
1979 6.9 #3686 (Moby Dick)
1978 6.9 #1776 (Dora)
1977 450SEL #7010 white -P
1975 450SEL #8414 gold -P

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Re: Last W116
« Reply #4 on: 07 April 2013, 04:45 PM »
I am going to guess the VIN number of the very last W116 (a 6.9 from 1981) is 11603612009196 (assuming 9,196 total 6.9s were built in both the World and North American markets). VIN number may vary based on whether the vehicle is left or right hand drive.

As for the 450SEL, I assume the VIN of the last one built would be 11603312059578, depending on the side the steering wheel is on.
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Re: Last W116
« Reply #5 on: 07 April 2013, 07:07 PM »
The whole reason I'm asking this is due to the VIN on my latest parts car (116033 22 101122) which seems very late and I was wondering how close is was to the end of the run.

I thought they only built 7380 6.9s (worldwide) and not 9196....
1979 6.9 #5541 (Red Bull)
1978 6.9 #4248 (Skye)
1979 6.9 #3686 (Moby Dick)
1978 6.9 #1776 (Dora)
1977 450SEL #7010 white -P
1975 450SEL #8414 gold -P

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Re: Last W116
« Reply #6 on: 07 April 2013, 07:41 PM »
According to the 6.9 Wiki page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_450SEL_6.9), Mercedes built 7,380 6.9s for the world market, and 1,816 for the North American market, making 9,196 total, though the W116 Wiki page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_W116)states 7,380 total.

I think your 450SEL is the 1,122 one made (they apparently only made 59,578, unless that is only for the world market, not including North America), meaning it would be an early production.
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Re: Last W116
« Reply #7 on: 08 April 2013, 12:27 AM »
I seriously doubt that they made any 6.9's in 1981. As stated, there were only 7,380 built. Mine is 7114, and that was built 28.11.79, so I don't think it would have taken them more than one year to build the remaining 266. They averaged about 1400 per year up until mine was built, so why more than a year to complete the rest ?
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Re: Last W116
« Reply #8 on: 08 April 2013, 01:32 AM »
I think wiki has it wrong on total 6.9 numbers and maybe even the 1981 builds.  I believe they made 7380 and of that 1816 were for North America.  So that leaves 5564 for the rest of the world.  Australia officially got only a fraction of that.

My 1975 450 has a VIN ending in 028414 (the last 6 digits) and the 1980 ends with 101122.  So if they numbered them sequentially, they made at least 101,000 of them!!!!

Wiki also says they made 473,035 W116s in total, but only 59,578 W116033 (450SEL) so I'm now completely confused....   :o ???
« Last Edit: 08 April 2013, 01:40 AM by oversize »
1979 6.9 #5541 (Red Bull)
1978 6.9 #4248 (Skye)
1979 6.9 #3686 (Moby Dick)
1978 6.9 #1776 (Dora)
1977 450SEL #7010 white -P
1975 450SEL #8414 gold -P

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Re: Last W116
« Reply #9 on: 08 April 2013, 01:46 AM »
Indeed Wiki seems to list the world and North America separately:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_450SEL_6.9

9196 throws what I've always believed totally out the window....
1979 6.9 #5541 (Red Bull)
1978 6.9 #4248 (Skye)
1979 6.9 #3686 (Moby Dick)
1978 6.9 #1776 (Dora)
1977 450SEL #7010 white -P
1975 450SEL #8414 gold -P


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Re: Last W116
« Reply #11 on: 08 April 2013, 03:59 AM »
Ok I'm back to Wiki being wrong....  Thanks CraigS!   :)
1979 6.9 #5541 (Red Bull)
1978 6.9 #4248 (Skye)
1979 6.9 #3686 (Moby Dick)
1978 6.9 #1776 (Dora)
1977 450SEL #7010 white -P
1975 450SEL #8414 gold -P

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Re: Last W116
« Reply #12 on: 08 April 2013, 04:25 AM »
But then again....  Wiki:


W116.032
 
1973–1980
 
450 SE sedan
 
4.5 L M117 V8
 
41,604
 


W116.033
 
1973–1980
 
450 SEL sedan
 
4.5 L M117 V8
 
59,578

According to another thread and a comment made by s class the 450SE and SEL shared sequence numbers.  If you add the two production figures together you get 101182.  So my car....  OMG WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just worked out I have THE VERY LAST of the 450s!  What the hell are the chances of that???

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« Last Edit: 08 April 2013, 04:30 AM by oversize »
1979 6.9 #5541 (Red Bull)
1978 6.9 #4248 (Skye)
1979 6.9 #3686 (Moby Dick)
1978 6.9 #1776 (Dora)
1977 450SEL #7010 white -P
1975 450SEL #8414 gold -P

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Re: Last W116
« Reply #13 on: 08 April 2013, 04:32 AM »
So by your own analysis it looks like you owe a carton .  ;D
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Re: Last W116
« Reply #14 on: 08 April 2013, 04:38 AM »
Either your abacus has made a mistake, or you have the wrong chassis number. How does  the total of 101,182 relate to your car being the last one with a chassis number of 101,122. Isn't that 60 cars short, or did you mean "close to one of the last" ?