The W116 chassis Sonderklasse (S-Class) is known for its low buy-in price, incredibly durable interior materials, tank-like build quality, and stately appearance. We old school car nuts will laud the durability of the aging Benz, but even I don’t believe that a 43-year-old German car will be as trouble free as a few year old used Kia. However, this next car is a Euro import, which means it has all of the plusses of the US Market S-Class, but with smaller DEATH-TO-ALL bumpers and sealed beam DEATH-TO-ALL headlights. And probably a non US-Emissions compliant DEATH-TO-ALL inline-6. At least this car is over 25 years old, so US Dept of Homeland Security will no longer stop you from buying/owning/driving this literal rolling tomb on the street. Enjoy your premature death! Find this 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280S W116 offered for $5,200 in Worthington, OH via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The basic designation “300” has been used by Mercedes-Benz over the years in a number of vehicles including some humble sedans (like the W115) all the way up to their W198 Gullwing equipped super sports car 300SL…so it might be confusing to people when they see a 300D compared to a 300SD, but make no mistake, this next car is part of the high-end W116 S-Class and should be given proper reverence and distance. Reverence because it is a sweet piece of machinery and distance because you might otherwise get a bad case of the black lung from the diesel exhaust. Find this 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300SD W116 offered for $6000 in Los Angeles Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Mike D.
In 1973 Mercedes-Benz introduced the legendary W116 S-Class to wealthy buyers around the world. In case you are curious, the S is short for Sonderklasse, or Special Class, as in, unless you have a special ability to earn money, you can’t afford this. Today, the W116 chassis is known for its low startup costs, incredibly […]
The W116 chassis Mercedes-Benz S-Class was presented to the public in September of 1972 with inline-6 and optional V8 powerplants. It was a huge car in long wheelbase variant and tipped the scales at a healthy 3900 lbs, but is known for a smooth ride and rugged build quality. The 450 SE variant of the W116 […]
Imagine for a minute that you’ve got about five large to spend on a daily driver. You need a car that will get you to your destination with minimal fuss, and maximum class, — and you don’t really care about speed. Forget the used and abused Japanese late models that litter craigslist and instead buy […]
The W116 chassis Mercedes-Benz S-Class was presented to the public in September of 1972 with inline-6 and optional V8 powerplants. It was a huge car in long wheelbase variant and tipped the scales at a healthy 3900 lbs, but is known for a smooth ride and rugged build quality. If you are a Californian and […]
The Mercedes-Benz W116 S-Class continued the tradition of flagship luxury where the W108 left off in 1972. Styling was by Friedrich Geiger and it was the first production turbodiesel sedan to be released into the wild by Mercedes-Benz…or anybody else for that matter. Today’s example needs a little TLC, but has plenty of miles under […]
The W116 Mercedes-Benz S-Class lives in that wonderful depreciated zone of classics where the sting of three figure repair bills overcomes the narcotizing waft of nostalgia. People haven’t forgotten how horrible these cars were when new and it’ll be a few years before the inevitable price wars escalate prices to the stupid zone. But before […]
There are those old cars that you drive by on the side of the road every few days, cars that catch your eye but don’t really snap your neck. But one day the owner has a for sale sign in the window, and suddenly you stop, and take a closer look. Like this 1980 Mercedes-Benz […]
In 1973 Mercedes-Benz introduced the legendary W116 S-Class around the globe. In case you might wonder, the S is short for Sonderklasse, or Special Class, as in, unless you earn money like a special body parts doctor, you can’t afford this. Today, the W116 chassis is known for its low startup costs, incredibly durable interior […]