Lot 136

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1977 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9

SOLD $47,040


$70,000 - $90,000| Without Reserve


Car Highlights

The Personal Car of Noted Mercedes-Benz Collector Richard D. Losee
An Outstanding Example of a Low-Production Mercedes-Benz Flagship Model
Nearly 40 Years of Single Family Ownership
Cosmetic Restoration in Original Colors
Dubbed “The World’s Fastest Sedan” When Introduced

Technical Specs

6,834 CC SOHC Dry Sump V-8 Engine
Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
250 BHP at 4,000 RPM
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Dual-Circuit Servo-Assisted Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Unequal-Length A-Arms and Coil Springs
Rear Diagonal Swing Axles with Coil Springs and Hydropneumatic Ride Control

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that original manuals, a first aid kit, a jack, and service invoices accompany the sale of this vehicle.

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Continuing in the tradition of the groundbreaking 300 SEL 6.3, Mercedes-Benz sought to raise the bar with a low-production 6.9-liter version of its W116 450 SEL luxury flagship. Each hand-assembled dry sump engine would propel these cars to 60 mph in seven seconds, with a 140 mph top speed. Built on a separate assembly line, these elite cars were identifiable only by their special burl-wood dashboards and succinct “6.9” badging on the trunk. With just 1,816 sold in the US, the luxurious 6.9 was called “a $50,000 exercise in going fast” by legendary automotive journalist David E. Davis Jr., and it quickly became an object of desire for the wealthy and famous.

Just 18 months after it was first sold, this superb 6.9 was acquired by well-known collector Richard D. Losee and served as his personal car. In 2012, it was inherited by his son, noted sportsman and collector Richard S. Losee of Utah. The elder Losee’s stable featured numerous classic Mercedes-Benz models, including a 540 K and 770 K Grosser. Exquisitely refinished in its original silver, the 6.9’s black interior has also been properly re-trimmed and today displays particularly well. When catalogued, 76,625 miles were recorded, although the exact mileage is unknown due to early speedometer issues. Still in its family ownership of nearly 40 years, this long-cherished 6.9 is an outstanding example of the Mercedes-Benz that was created to be the epitome of understated excess.