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Re­plac­ing the W108/109d range, the W116 S-class is launched at the Paris Mo­tor Show in 1972 with a straight-six 280 S with car­bu­ret­tors (only briefly sold in the UK), 280 SE with fuel in­jec­tion, and the V8-en­gined 350 SE.

A 4.5-litre ver­sion of the V8 is added the fol­low­ing year in the 450 SE and 450 SEL, the lat­ter be­ing a long-wheel­base ver­sion with the ex­tra four inches be­ing mostly used to in­crease rear legroom. From early 1974, the 280 and 350 are also of­fered with the longer wheel­base.

To cel­e­brate an eas­ing of the early Seventies fuel cri­sis, MB adds a new flag­ship for 1975: the 450 SEL 6.9 with a thump­ing 286bhp V8.

At the other end of the scale the range is ex­tended in 1978 (for the US only) with the 300 SD – a 115bhp tur­bod­iesel 3.0-litre

Pro­duc­tion ends in 1979 to make way for the W126 S-class, though un­sold stock is of­fered into 1980. A to­tal of 473,035 W116s are built.

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