brand-new premium-class vehicle generation was presented to the public in September 1972. The first officially designated “Mercedes-Benz S-Class” – internal designation W 116 – replaced the W 108/109 series.

Model
Construction designation
Production period: preproduction series – end of life
Quantity
280 S
W 116 V 28
1972 – 1980
122,848
280 SE
W 116 E 28
1972 – 1980
150,593
280 SEL
V 116 E 28
1974 – 1980
7032
300 SD
W 116 D 30 A
1977 – 1980
28,634
350 SE
W 116 E 35
1972 – 1980
51,100
350 SEL
V 116 E 35
1973 – 1980
4266
450 SE
W 116 E 45
1972 – 1980
41,604
450 SEL
V 116 E 45
1973 – 1980
59,578
450 SEL 6.9
V 116 E 69
1975 – 1980
7380
Total
473,035
Source: Daimler AG