W116

Spy-Photo

w116 Spy Photo

Most probably early in 1972 Mercedes will present a completely new sedan. It will replace the 300SEL and will have its 3.5-litre engine or a 4.5-litre engine developed at the same time and in the most costly version the 6.3-litre V8 engine. It will also have a diagonal strut rear axle and a body in mild wedge shape.
Auto Katalog 1970/1971 issue 14/70

Crash Test

w116 Crash Test

A 350SE after a 50 km/h crash test - the passenger section remained intact.
Mercedes-Benz Automobile Band 5 Vom 600 zum 450SEL 6.9  (MB Automobiles Volume 5 From 600 to 450SEL 6.9) 1984

Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 22

Vehicle ESF 22

Experimental Safety Vehicle presented in 1973.
Mercedes-Benz Classic-Foto 73 044/4

Design Studies

W116 Design Studies

1:5 scale model of the W116 sedan - still with the finally not realized third side window in the style of the SLC-coupes - is going to be scanned three-dimensional in the ESEM-method.
Die S-Klasse von Mercedes Benz - Von der Kultur des Fahrens (The S-class from MB - From the culture of driving) 1993

W116 Design Studies

February 1969: The new car begins to take shape. A similarity to the predecessor can almost not be seen.
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W116 Design Studies

The fine tuning of the designers concentrated to the shape of the turn signals and the side-line.
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W116 Design Studies

Greetings from the SLC: Note the C-pillar with lamellas and the "corrugated iron-doors".
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W116 Design Studies

Until the end the designers tested new variations of the turn signal- and chrome trims.
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W116 Design Studies

Despite the (too small) front air intake and the windshield wipers nearly ready".
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W116 Design Studies

Only the missing door for the gas tank and some details reveal the 1:1 scale model.
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