With an eye to the future, Mercedes built these no-compromise cars to last. With just 124,656 kilometers showing, this example is probably not even fully run in. Maintained correctly, it’s not uncommon to see these cars with well in excess of 400k kilometers. Originally supplied by JANDL & MÜLLER in Munich, the original Service Heft indicates 7 Mercedes dealer stamps up to 79,000 km’s in 1993.This particular model has been clearly used sparingly ever since, and was actually used in the last 3 years by a classic car dealer’s wife as her daily driver. Loathed to part with it, we’re sure the petrol consumption perhaps played a role. Never the less, these are incredible value for money classic cars, that will last a life time and beyond. The W126 was so far ahead of its time that novel luxury features/options included: airbags; traction control system; seat belt tensioners; ABS; safety crumple zones front and rear. Almost all of these features are available on modern luxury cars today, each in its own right was considered very significant in the 1980s and indicative of the Mercedes brand. Our wonderful example is currently registered in Germany, with of course historical registration and awaits its next custodian.
The dominant presence of the W126 Series is instantly recognisable and this 500 SEL example is testament to this classic German design. Finished in black, it’s benefited from a complete strip down respray in 2014; the car is still lovely and fresh covering just 5000 km’s in the last 4 years. All panel gaps are exactly as they should be and you would be hard pushed to recognise any sign of new paint anywhere.
Our Daimler-Benz 500 SEL model is blessed with a huge level of specification: electric and heated seats for both driver and front passenger; electric sunroof; high quality black Nappa leather; Becker Mexico radio; these are just a few of the 22 factory options in total originally ordered. The ambience is imposing to say the least, and makes you wonder just who would order such a vehicle costing so much money in its day? The quality is second to none for the period, and most certainly set standards by which the industry would struggle to match.
Engine & Transmission
Fitted with the Mercedes V8 unit of 4939cc displacement, the engine produces a massive 170 kW or 231ps. A top speed of 137mph or 220 km/h is quoted with effortless acceleration with endless hours of straight-line cruising to the moon and back. The engine bay, with not a great deal of room to spare, is spotlessly clean following an extensive detailing day-long session. The 4-speed 4G-Tronic automatic box changes up and down exactly as it should.
Wheels, Tyres & Brakes
Our W126 example is fitted with immaculate Mercedes “S-Klasse” alloys covered by approved 225/50 R16 Hankook tyres with plenty of tread. Superb braking power pull up this Benz Beast straight and true.