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Old 16th April 2018, 10:40 AM
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Default Ron Barassi and the W116

I was reading the paper yesterday & found this interesting article. I did some digging and it just got more interesting! Apparently Ron was nearly killed and if heíd been in a lesser car maybe he wouldnít be with us today. It didnít end well for the car though... Only question is exactly what Benz was it? 450SEL? I doubt the 6.9 was available in Australia in 1976.


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Old 16th April 2018, 02:47 PM
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Default Re: Ron Barassi and the W116

Truly terrifying Ron very lucky to survive!

Crikey look at the W116 after the accident!

Ron who is a VFL legend.
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Old 17th April 2018, 07:23 AM
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Default Re: Ron Barassi and the W116

Amazing story, but thatís what made Mercedes so unique and in demand.

In the pics I canít see a sunroof nor rear headrests.
That would indicate that it was a SWB (SE) which removes the possibility of it being a 6.9.

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Old 19th April 2018, 07:32 PM
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Default Re: Ron Barassi and the W116

It definitely is a 450SE - I base that on the apparent pictorial evidence that the pleats of the backseat reach all the way to the parcel shelf. All 450SELs had a flat panel between the parcel shelf and the rear pleats - plus the rear headrests of course.

Certainly a huge impact - luckily enough most damage was occasioned to the passenger side. Had it been the other side......God only knows.

On another model - no pictures, just a brief mention. Anyone remember four businessmen smashing up a 6.3 on a notorious downhill section between Crows Nest and Cammeray/Willoughby ? It would seem that the car got totalled as a result of a collision with a telegraph pole, at an estimated hundred miles an hour - none survived. That was, I reckon, in the late seventies, very early eighties. Regards Styria
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