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Mercedes-Benz S-Class (1972 - 1980)

Last updated 13 January 2014

 
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Roomy, full parts availability, tough, and stylish - in a conservative way
Parts prices can be high once you're looking at Heritage sources, standard models are surprisingly basic

Introduction

The second-generation S-Class was a technical masterpiece, and clearly in the running for the 'best car in the world', which manufacturers like to talk about. The range was logivally split into six- and V8-cylinder cars, standard- and long-wheelbase - with a rather special model right at the top - once again.

The six-cylinder 280s were the entry-level models, although in the UK, we only received the 185bhp fuel injected SE model. This was still a relatively quick car, and one that possessed great handling, thanks to new semi-trailing arm rear suspension. The V8s were the stars of the range at launch. The 450SE won the European Car of the Year award, mainly on the strength of its excellent build quality and impressive number of safety features. Model numbers represent the 3.5 and 4.5-litre V8s, and there’s also a 450SEL with an extra six inches in the wheelbase, mostly for the benefit of rear seat passengers. 

Watch out for crippling repair and restoration costs, though.

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