– 1989 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC from the W126 series
– 5.0 litre V8 engine with 185 kW (252 hp) of power and 4-speed automatic gearbox
– grey metallic paintwork and black leather interior
– steel sunroof, power windows front and rear
– electrically adjustable seats
– tinted rear light units (Depo) with ECE approval
– large subwoofer in boot
– runs on 18″ Keskin alloys
– suspension, steering and brakes in need of attention
– German registration documents
Unbeatably prestigious, horrendously expensive, and when the chips are down, also amazingly fast – that’s the coupé version of Mercedes-Benz’s S-class from the W126 series. It comes as no surprise that this became the transport of choice not only for successful businesspeople, but also for characters of a more dubious reputation, temporarily tarnishing the image of what is undoubtedly one of the best-engineered cars of its era. Even by today’s standards, performance and ride quality are simply superb.
The coupé was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor show in 1981, two years after the S class sedan had been presented. It was only available with V8 engines, initially as 380 SEC and 500 SEC. After the 1985 model improvement, the former was replaced by the 420 SEC, and the 560 SEC was added. A total 74.060 coupés were built, making up less than 8 % of overall W126 output. As many of them became tuning victims or suffered under a clientele of 3rd and 4th hand owners who neglected maintenance, untinkered original examples are now becoming increasingly difficult to find.