Merc W116 350SE Dawie Cover

Auction Ended:

Thursday, 08 December, 2022 - 18:10

Lot Status:

Sold

1975 Mercedes-Benz W116 350SE

The Mercedes-Benz W116 is a series of flagship luxury sedans produced from September 1972 until 1980 and were the first Mercedes-Benz models to be officially called S-Class, although earlier sedan models had already unofficially been designated with the letter 'S' – for Sonderklasse or ‘special class.’ The W116 was Friedrich Geiger's last design for Mercedes-Benz (his career had started with the Mercedes-Benz 500K in 1933) and was selected European Car of the Year in 1974.

Development of this 'new' S-class generation began in 1966, which was only a year after the launch of the W108/09 and was the first Mercedes saloon to feature the brand-new corporate styling theme which was to be continued until 1993 when the 190 was discontinued. The design, finalised in December 1969, was a dramatic leap forward, with more masculine lines that combined to create an elegant and sporty character.

The car was presented in September 1972. The model range initially included two versions of the M110 engine (straight-six with 2746cc displacement) – the 280 S (using a Solex carburettor) and the 280 SE (using Bosch D-Jetronic injection), plus the 350 SE, powered by the M116 engine (V8 with 3499cc displacement). After the 1973 Fuel Crisis, a long-wheelbase version (called V116 in internal parlance) of the 280 was added to the line-up.

This Example

Description by seller:

This is a one-owner car from the estate of the late Ambassador Paul Coetzee. A LHD European-spec car, it was privately imported when new by special diplomatic concession to Ottawa, Canada, for temporary use while the owner was attached to the South African Embassy there, as it was not approved for use in North America at the time.

It completed a 4 500km journey to Florida and back in 1976, and a 9 000km journey to California and back in 1977, before being shipped to Pretoria in 1978. A number of trips to Cape Town were made over the ensuing years. The car was placed in storage from 1984 to 1989 while Mr Coetzee was stationed to Washington DC and then Houston, Texas, and again from 1993 to 1996 while Mr Coetzee served as South African Ambassador to Greece.

Mr Coetzee retired to Cape Town in 1997, whereafter the car was used sparingly. The car was always garaged, always shipped in closed containers and meticulously maintained over its 47-year life.

The now-rare 14” BBS alloy wheels were fitted in the mid-‘70s. The original steel wheels and hubcaps are also available.

Damage disclosure: the car suffered a minor front-end collision in c.2019, necessitating straightening of the radiator bulkhead and replacement of the central section of the three-piece front bumper and the bumper reinforcement bar. Slight damage to the bottom edge of the grille remains.

Papers are in order (status reflects 'Used/gebruik') and licence is up to date.

Available to view by appointment in Cape Town.

Reminders to Bidders

A buyer's premium of 5% (which includes VAT) for cars and bikes applies.

The minimum buyer's premium is R5 000 incl. VAT for cars and bikes (eg. if R50 000 is bid, buyer's premium = R5 000 and total cost = R55 000).

The maximum buyer's premium is capped at R100 000 incl. VAT for cars and bikes (eg. if R3 000 000 is bid, buyer's premium = R100 000 and total cost = R3 100 000).

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Lot Status


Sold

Special Features


Condition rating: 92/140

Quick Facts


Reference: LOT-000221
Seller: Private
Year: 1975
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz
Model: W116 350SE
Derivative: -
Service History: -
Mileage: 157,000 Km
Engine Size: 3,499cc
Engine Type: V8
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 3 Automatic
Layout: Front engine - rear-wheel drive
Power Output: 197 BHP
Exterior: Blue
Interior: Cream

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Bidding

Bidding Information - 1975 Mercedes-Benz W116 350SE

Estimated Price Range:

R 90,000.00 - R 115,000.00

Lot Status:

Sold

Total Bids:

23

Time Left:

Closed

Start Date:

Thursday, 01 December, 2022 - 08:00

End Date:

Thursday, 08 December, 2022 - 18:10


Comments

Herbert
Herbert
3 weeks ago

Would like to offer R95000.00


Thanks, we would add R5000 buyers commission on top of this to total spend R100 000 and present to the seller. - Stuart CCA 2 weeks, 4 days ago


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Herbert
Herbert
3 weeks ago

Is it possible to buy before the auction if the offer is accepted


Hi, we can present an offer to the seller and see if he would take ahead of time. - Stuart CCA 2 weeks, 4 days ago


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Zama
Zama
4 days, 4 hours ago

I would like to arrange for viewing and possible test drive


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