Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 to najwyższa wersja S-klasy, niezwykle komfortowa i luksusowa. Zasłynęła ze swoich możliwości dynamicznych, gwarantowanych przez niemal 7-litrową, 286-konną jednostkę V8. Wyprodukowano je w 7380 egzemplarzach, wśród których ten licytowany może poszczycić się szczególną historią. Zamówiony przez francuską gwiazdę muzyki pop, Cloclo (Claude François), służył mu do tragicznej śmierci dwa lata później. W międzyczasie Mercedes stał się bohaterem prasy i telewizji, gdy umożliwił piosenkarzowi ucieczkę przed uzbrojonymi gangsterami w pościgu na autostradzie. Teraz samochód został sprzedany za ok. 389 tys. PLN.
MERCEDES-BENZ 450 SEL 6.9 BERLINE 1976
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THE CHANTILLY SALE
5 Sep 2015 18:15 CEST
1976 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 Sports Saloon
Chassis no. 116.036-12-001097
Engine no. 100.985-12-001127
Sold for €92,000 (PLN 388,985) inc. premium
*Originally owned by Claude François
*Delivered new to France and resprayed in dark blue for Claude François
*The ultimate 'Q’car with only two owners from new and just fully serviced
*Extensively featured on TV and in the press after the incident in 1977
This magnificent Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 was originally owned by the famous French singer and composer, Claude François, who survived an attempted assassination while driving it in 1977 when gangsters tried to shoot him during a motorway chase, the bullets narrowly missing the pop star.
Claude, or 'Cloclo’ to his fans, was one of France’s biggest pop stars, with a legacy that endures today as he continues to be one of the country’s biggest-selling recording artists. Claude famously wrote and composed the original version of My Way, a song made internationally famous by Frank Sinatra.
Throughout his career Claude sold some 70 million records, with Magnolias Forever, Le Téléphone Pleure, Le Lundi au Soleil, and Alexandrie Alexandra, amongst his most famous tracks. Upon his tragically premature death in 1978, French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing described him as the French equivalent of The Beatles.
The Mercedes-Benz’s current owner is Alain Dominique Perrin as he and his wife Marie-Thérèse Dehaeze were close friends of Claude François, with Dehaeze working as his press officer in the years leading up to Claude’s death. The Mercedes holds strong memories for the couple, who travelled extensively with the singer, in what at that time was one of only a few cars equipped with a telephone. Accompanying documentation consists of sundry invoices, a condition report (2013), French Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique (issued May 2015).
The 450 SEL 6.9 was a member of the W116 family, which been on the drawing board since the mid-1960s and replaced the existing S-Class in 1972. Much of the W116’s development programme had concentrated on secondary safety, to such an extent that its occupants were considered more likely to survive an accident in the 450 SE saloon (or its peers) than possibly any other car in the world. Base model of the new S-Class was the 280S equipped with a carburettor-fed 2.8-litre twin-cam six while for those with deeper wallets there was a choice of 350 SE or 450 SE V8s, both of which were available in long-wheelbase 'SEL’ variants. A necessarily heavy automobile, the 450 SE was little quicker off the mark than its smaller-engined siblings but as Motor Sport observed: 'It is in these middle and upper ranges, rather than in sheer standing-start acceleration, that the 450 SE excels, all powerfully, simply „whooshing” through overtaking.’
For plutocrats there was the 450 SEL 6.9. Fast, well-engineered and luxuriously equipped in Mercedes-Benz’s finest tradition, the 450 SEL 6.9 first appeared in 1974. The new super saloon used the long-wheelbase bodyshell of the larger S-Class fitted with an enlarged and developed version of the overhead-camshaft V8 engine found in its predecessor and the leviathan 600 models. All Mercedes-Benz’s latest safety developments were incorporated along with automatic transmission and self-levelling suspension as standard. Top speed was 225km/h with 97km/h coming up in seven seconds. Only 7,380 examples of this exclusive model were made between 1975 and 1980.