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hello, back in 2006 i was visiting my uncle in stuttgart (where he lives) and he took me to MB museum. i took a whole bunch of pictures and while going through them again, i found this picture... the bumper and lights look an AWFUL LOT like the US version 560SL.. i remember i read that it was a 1979 model but they never produced it cuz it had some serious safety flaws...

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hello, back in 2006 i was visiting my uncle in stuttgart (where he lives) and he took me to MB museum. i took a whole bunch of pictures and while going through them again, i found this picture... the bumper and lights look an AWFUL LOT like the US version 560SL.. i remember i read that it was a 1979 model but they never produced it cuz it had some serious safety flaws...

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450SEL 6.9
 

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Definitely produced, I've seen a ton of those headlights back in the day... pre 126.

450SE/450SEL, or as John says a 6.9...

Maybe there was something unusual about the drive train or some or other unseen feature in the one pictured that could not be produced...
 

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While it is a W116 chassis, I don't think it is a 6.9. I've seen commentary posted about it before and there was something quite unique about the car.
 

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It's a W116 300TD US-Version.



1980 Mercedes-Benz 300SD Turbodiesel (W116): The W116 300SD Turbodiesel was only sold in North America because it helped bring down Mercedes’ overall fuel economy figures in this market in compliance with the CAFE laws. It was not particularly fast (0-62 mph took 17.1 seconds) but delivered good range and fuel economy. As the car was only sold in North America, it is no wonder that it has the by US law mandated sealed-beam headlights and 5-mph bumpers. The engine was 3005cc 5-cylinder motor taken from the W123 300D, but fitted with a Garret exhaust-turbocharger and produced 125-horsepower – instead of the N/A versions 88-hp. The 300SD Turbodiesel came with a 4-speed automatic transmission and topped out at an impressive (for a heavy diesel of the era) 170 km/h (106 mph). The diesel W116 S-Class was produced from 1977 to 1980. 28,634 were produced.
 
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