• There's something about that generation of big Benz that never did it for me. I mean, the back seat of the LWB versions is just about big enough to make the motel room optional when you decide to get frisky with three of your wife's best friends, and the diesels are old-tech pre-smog devices that'll just go on for ever, but the shape is just too connected with the bad part of the '70s for me.

    I'm sure the old 6.9 is probably a better car than the earlier 300SEL 6.3, certainly the W116 was a whole lot more modern in a few areas both inside and underneath (rear suspension, transmission, etc.) but I'll take the earlier car for character and freedom from the smog Gestapo.

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