1974 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SE #116.032-12- 022793. (Stock #3852.) In 1966, Mercedes-Benz began development of a completely new flagship sedan, the ”W116.” Following 6 years of development, the new car was introduced at The Paris Motor Show to rave reviews. In fact, in 1974, the car was named the “European Car of the Year.” The monocoque body was designed to have a strengthened body structure with a more stable security passenger cell, high strength roof and door pillars, front and rear crumple zones and reinforced zones surrounding the passengers. An entirely new twin timing chain, fuel-injected, V-8 engine was offered in the “450” version of the sedan (a 6-cylinder version was also offered) and a top speed of 130mph could be attained in the very luxurious 450SE, the first of “S- Class” sedans offered by Mercedes-Benz. Our car is beautiful in light ivory and the cabin surrounds its occupants with gorgeous cognac leather, complemented by the highly desirable “Zebra Walnut” of the facia. Our car was purchased new from Benzel Busch Mercedes-Benz as a corporate car and later transferred to be the personal car of the company president. It was ordered with virtually every option including electric: sunroof, windows and locks, a full leather interior, fog lamps, a Becker “Europa II” AM-FM stereo, cruise control, air conditioning, tinted glass, etc. Extended luxury cruising was possible with the car’s 25 gallon gas tank. This is a beautiful and extremely original example of a very neat car! 73,803 miles.