1974 Mercedes-Benz 350 SE (W116)


  • In remarkable, time-warp condition
  • Rare manual transmission
  • All original interior
  • Only two owners from brand new, one owning from 1974 til 2021
  • Low mileage example 

The Appeal

The luxury flagship, the W116, was the first Benz model to ever be graced with the ‘S’ designation, making this the first S-Class model, standing for Sonderklasse or ‘Special Class’. The top-of-its-class 350 is powered with a lovely 3.5-litre V8 engine, making this the most desirable model of its siblings.

This particular example stayed with its original owner from 1974 all the way up until 2021, talk about commitment! The vehicle has been clearly lovingly cared for with seemingly no regard for expense, it remains in beautiful condition with only a respray completed a long time ago to keep the paint work up to scratch. A truly stunning example, inside and out!

The History and Paperwork

  • Sold brand new in May of 1974 by R.A.V.I in Italy
  • The original owner kept the vehicle from 1974 until 2021
  • Original 79,831 kilometres
  • Exceptionally maintained throughout its life
  • Respray undergone “a long time ago”, however it remains as beautiful as can be
  • Kept in heated storage to retain the rust-free chassis
  • Recently serviced
  • Mercedes-Benz service manual not present
  • Two sets of original keys present  

The Interior

  • Stunning and all original
  • Black leather seats in gorgeous condition with very gentle patina
  • Headlining in excellent form with no rips or tears
  • Interior plastics all original and very well maintained
  • Wooden veneer dash panel in gorgeous condition 
  • Steering wheel beautifully kept
  • Centre console controls functional and easily readable
  • Gauge cluster free from any damage and completely functional with no warning lights
  • Door cards all free from damage 
  • Carpets are all original and are plush throughout
  • Hints of brightwork all brilliantly kept
  • Warning triangle present in the boot

The Exterior 

  • All original body panels with only some gentle signs of age
  • Brightwork all in lovely condition, some scuffs on the front window surround and the passenger side A-pillar trim
  • Paintwork in excellent condition, small paint chips touched in on the passenger side C-pillar 
  • Wheels all original and in lovely shape, brightwork is excellent and the painted centres just have a couple of small scratches
  • Headlights and tail lights all functional and free from any damage or fading
  • Bumpers remain in lovely shape with excellent brightwork
  • Panel gaps all of factory fitment
  • All body panels seemingly free from any rust or corrosion
  • Vehicle underside in outstanding condition
  • Engine bay very well presented

The Mechanics 

  • 3.5-Litre V8 engine
  • 197bhp and 232 lb-ft of torque
  • 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds
  • Bosch D-Jetronic injection
  • Rear wheel drive configuration
  • Four speed manual transmission
  • Recently serviced, including fluids and oils, spark plugs, new filters
  • New tyres recently fitted
  • In excellent mechanical condition with no unwelcome noises or clunks under load


It’s always a pleasure to see an original car when one pops up, especially when they’ve been lovingly cared for for so many years. The love and dedication has surely paid off here, the car remains in gorgeous condition throughout with excellent mechanical workings. 

The very gentle hints of patina make this so much more charming than any restored competitor, it adds life and soul, it showcases that it hasn’t been hidden from the world. Even though that may not be the case now that it’s away in heated storage! This would be a stunning addition to any Benz enthusiasts collection, a real head turner and conversation starter.

A fee of circa €200 is due from buyer for exportation costs or new registration.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1974
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 350 SE (W116)
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 79,831 Kilometres
  • Engine size 3499
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Bari
  • Location International
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
27 bids
  • dominic•••• €11,000 30/01/23
  • gerhard•••• €10,750 30/01/23
  • dominic•••• €10,500 30/01/23
  • gerhard•••• €10,000 30/01/23
  • dominic•••• €9,900 30/01/23
  • gerhard•••• €9,500 30/01/23
  • dominic•••• €9,400 30/01/23
  • gerhard•••• €9,000 30/01/23
  • dominic•••• €8,900 30/01/23
  • gerhard•••• €8,500 30/01/23

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