Seen here with its modern equivalent, Lorinser's take on the S500, Lorinser's 450 was the flagship of its range of modded Mercs at its time of launch. The 450 SEL 6.9 that it was based on was the only S-class of the W116 series to get a 6.9-litre version of the V8 from the 600 Limousine.
While this only managed 286bhp - not exactly a vast amount in such a big barge - the V8 pumped out a far grander figure of 405lb ft of torque.
Lorinser's version changed the styling quite significantly, losing the original's slimline chrome bumpers and replacing them with some very 1980s-esque square plastic aprons front and rear. In fact, Lorinser claims that the integrated foglights and sporty grille may have inspired the look of the next S-class that came along in 1979, the W126.
This rare and slightly oddball car is currently on display at Lorinser's 'Classic Center' [sic] and, as with all the exhibits there, it is also for sale on a price-on-application (POA) basis.