Background: The ‘new’ S-class generation development began in 1966 and was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in September,1972. 1973 was a landmark model year, a great leap forward into the modern age for Mercedes Benz technology and design.

With focus on improved driver and passenger safety technology, the 450SEL represented the first re-engineering and redesign of its top line sedans since the 1960s, featuring a more stable security passenger cell with a stiffened roof frame structure. High strength roof and door pillars, along with other reinforced zones, provided enhanced vehicle occupant protection.

The car was designated the “S Klasse”, nomenclature still in use by Mercedes today to call out its flagship. The 1973 Mercedes Benz 450sel was named “European Car of the Year” and Road & Track named it “The Best Sedan in the World”.

Standout Features & Technologies rarely found by its contemporaries: While most premium American and European brands in 1973 featured cam-in-head cast iron engines, carbureted induction, drum or partial drum brakes, bias-ply tires, and optional eight track players, the Mercedes 450sel featured an Aluminum single overhead 4.5 Litre V8 engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, fully integrated air conditioning, OEM radial tires, transistorized ignition, cruise control, dual band Becker stereo radio, and safety designed interior construction.

In 1973 a cassette player was considered new high technology, not integrated into Becker dual band stereo radio. My car has an exceptionally rare period correct and very cool functioning Becker Casette player installed in glove compartment and wired to play thru Becker radio amp.

Safety, craftsmanship and no-compromise engineering are Mercedes hallmarks. Doors unlatch with a gratifying mechanical click, and close with a bank vault-like “ring”, a mark of quality.

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