WHERE ARE THE 450SEL's?
i think that someone asked this question some weeks ago.
i don't pretend to know where they all went, but i discovered a very cherry one today.
i had driven "old blue"[ my 560sel which i purchased new in 11/86 and now has 249,000 miles] to san antonio for a meeting at southwest research institute. when i travel, i try to drive on back roads. so, returning, i was refueling in la grange, texas[a funny town, great bbq but all out when i wheeled through. and a geezer who overhauls old brit sprots cars-mg's, healey's, principally].
departing the exxon station on tx159, i was prevented from exiting by a very cherry w116, with a grill festooned by badges. i pulled out behind it. the trunk carried only badge of 450SEL. i followed it for a while. it adhered to the speed limit. so, eventually i passed it. i thought it might try to keep up with my 80-90, but it remained locked into 55.
in fayetteville, i pulled over hoping that it might stop. it didn't. it went right on by. two women on board. so i pulled out and followed them all the way to industry, tx. where they turned off into a real estate agency. I pulled in beside them.
initially they appeared hesitant to exit the car, until i called out, "a 4.5 liter or a 6.9?"
then they came out to visit. it was a 1978 450sel. smoke silver. black leather. the driver, a woman[about 60], said she purchased it new in 1978. it has 36,000 miles. when i told her that i had a cherry 6.9, she said that she was jealous. said she had wanted one but that her mechanic had talked her out of it because of the suspension. she said that she thought now that he was wrong.
i wanted to talk longer and examine the car more thoroughly, but she was late for a real estate closing.
all i can say is that the car appeared original. no dings, no paint fade. original 14" bundts, original xwx tires. the interior appears to have never seen prolonged exposure to uv.
made my day. my kind of woman.