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1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL [W116]

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL [W116] in Todesspiel, Mini-Series, 1997 IMDB Ep. 1

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL [W116]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle

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cl82 DE

2011-05-05 09:47

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BTW: The correct chassis-code for this S-Class is W 116. Besides, there are 2 goofs in the background(Corsa & Toyota) as the movie is set 1977. Actually rather unnecessary, because in 1997 there were still enough 1970s cars around in Germany.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2011-05-05 14:06

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Perhaps the owners refused to move them. Or perhaps the film crew just didn't bother to ask.

rjluna2 US

2011-05-05 15:05

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Or they didn't have the budget to make it looks like 1977 era setting besides these vehicles :/

cl82 DE

2011-05-05 15:23

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No idea. It was actually the only thing that bothered me about this quite remarkable movie( which is actually a "hybrid" as it's both a documentary and "conventional" movie) while I watched it back in '97 when it was broadcasted for the first time. As far as the content/plot is concerned, it was extremely well researched (the director is also a journalist), and it would be rather wrong to call it low-budget. The work of both the cast and the setbuilders was excellent as far as I recall, but in this particular scene I guess they just ran out of time as they possibly weren't allowed to cordon off this quite busy Cologne street until the cars were removed.

ingo DE

2011-05-05 21:44

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The big SUV (Landcruiser?) is an anachronism, too.

ingo DE

2011-05-05 21:50

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In original it was a 450 SE
http://www.netzeitung.de/articleimages//18/18575391060764016120.jpg
also in the 2008-movie about the asduction
/vehicle_220741-Mercedes-Benz-450-SE-W116-1973.html

cl82 DE

2011-05-06 15:15

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I actually meant the Land Cruiser. I didn't realize there was a Hiace, too.

badlymad CA

2011-05-06 19:27

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I cannot make out the writing on the trunk, but it could also be a 450 SE.

-- Last edit: 2011-05-06 19:28:29

G-MANN UK

2011-05-15 21:18

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I think the letters say SEL. The numbers I'm guessing say 450 but it's still a guess because I can't completely make them out.

cl82 DE

2011-05-15 22:34

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@G-Mann: You're correct while I was wrong. It's a 450 SEL indeed- as it was in reality: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/auto/filmautos-raf-jagd-im-youngtimer-1.687789-2 and http://www.sueddeutsche.de/auto/filmautos-raf-jagd-im-youngtimer-1.687789-3 Back in '97, W116 450 SELs were both easy and cheap to get, so I guess the film-crew took a "genuine" one instead of taking a cheaper model and putting a 450 SEL-badge on it.

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